Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960

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Member Events

Members' Party and Private View
Friday, June 8, 7:30 pm
Please join us for the members' party and private view of Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960. Family members can arrive early for family activities, followed by live music and a cash bar for all members.

Members' Curatorial Tour
Monday, July 16, 6:30 pm
YCC and Patrons Circle members are invited to join Tracey Bashkoff, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, for a private tour of the exhibition. For more information, please e-mail patronscircle@guggenheim.org or call 212 423 3624. YCC members, please e-mail ycc@guggenheim.org or call 212 423 3534.

Public Tours

Curator's Eye Tour
Friday, June 22, 2 pm
Join Tracey Bashkoff, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions for a tour of the exhibition. Free with museum admission.

Conservator's Eye Tour
Monday, August 3, 2 pm
Join Julie Barten, Senior Conservator of Collections and Exhibitions, for a tour of the exhibition. Free with museum admission.

Curator's Eye Tour
Friday, September 7, 2 pm
Join Megan Fontanella, Assistant Curator, Collections and Provenance, for a tour of the exhibition. Free with museum admission.

Public Programs

The Perils of Progress: Artists and the Atomic Age
Monday, June 18, 6:30 pm

$10, $7 members, FREE for students with a valid ID. 

Joan Marter, Distinguished Professor of Art History, Rutgers University, discusses 1950s American sculpture as a rich, authoritative, and vibrant art. Just as Abstract Expressionist painting is now viewed in the context of the chaos and destructive forces of the atomic era, sculpture of this period shares a similar vision of the world in conflict.

Cobra: A Revolutionary European Avant-Garde Movement
Wednesday, September 5, 6:30 pm

$10, $7 members, FREE for students with a valid ID. 

Dutch art historian Willemijn Stokvis discusses the radical postwar Cobra movement, which was part of the international tendency toward un art autre (art of another kind). Inspired by the art of so-called primitives, children, and the mentally ill, the group, which included Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, and Asger Jorn, fostered idealistic, Marxist-inspired plans for a new folk art.

"Composing with Patterns": Music at Mid-Century
Tuesday, July 10, at 7:30 pm

$20, $15 members, $10 students

Listen to experimental 1950s music by composers such as Earle Brown, John Cage, Giacinto Scelsi, and Karlheinz Stockhausen in the museum’s rotunda while viewing works by Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Antoni Tàpies, and more in Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960. Christopher McIntyre directs an all-star ensemble featuring musicians from the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ne(x)tworks, and Either/Or Ensemble, among others. A talk by composer R. Luke DuBois precedes the performance.


"Tastebreakers": Art in the Afternoon

This three-part series includes a creative writing workshop, an artist-led walk-through, and an art-historical tour, inviting fresh perspectives on Art of Another Kind.

$10, $7 members, FREE for students with a valid ID.
Reserve a student ticket.

Karen Finley
Wednesday, June 20, at 1:30 pm

Join internationally renowned artist and educator Karen Finley as she guides viewers through single works of art from Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–60 in this writing workshop. By providing prompts to map the vernacular of visual abstraction onto written expression, Finley leads an investigation into notions of gesture, the elusive exotic, and the perception of place. Framed by collaborative close looking and intimate gallery conversations, the workshop engages participants in textual exercises as a means of generating a personal vocabulary for contemplation and inspiration.

Jessica Dickinson
Wednesday, July 25, at 1:30 pm

View the artworks of Art of Another Kind through the eyes of this painter, interested in "markers of a space outside the verbal and within the visible." Approaching abstraction as a process that shifts, changes, and challenges closed historical definitions, explore how painting has produced multiple possibilities and voices through its vast material and conceptual topographies. By looking firsthand at work that engages "the abstract" as an action and a way to reflect life, take an intimate look at how different artists have addressed the variables of material investigation and the illusiveness of perception to expand what painting can and continues to be.

Agnes Berecz
Wednesday, August 15, at 1:30 pm

Looking at Art of Another Kind as a document of traveling pictures and ideas, the tour addresses the different modes in which abstract painting was practiced and talked about in 1950s on both sides of the Atlantic. What was the role of painting in the first decade of the Cold War and during the traumatic process of European reconstruction? What was at stake in the embrace of gestures and signs by artists as diverse as Jackson Pollock, Asger Jorn, and Georges Mathieu? The talk will explore these questions through a study of individual paintings as well as of the shared concepts and formal languages of the works on view.

 

Courses & Workshops

Public & Artist Interactions with Karen Finley: The Creative Act
Monday–Friday, July 16–20, 10 am–1 pm
$300, $200 members, $150 students (over 18).

Drawing upon art on view in Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–50 and Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective, this weeklong intensive explores 1950s globalism, the emergence of image culture in the postwar years, contemporary portraiture, and the nature of subjectivity. Taught by internationally acclaimed artist and educator Karen Finley, participants will engage in close looking, in-depth conversation, and diverse investigations into the creative act and art interaction. Daily sessions include gallery talks and studio exercises in which participants are encouraged to utilize and foster personal experience, building upon each previous session and culminating in a final reflection. 

No experience required. Additional studio time and a July 17 artist conversation with Rineke Dijkstra are included.

Please contact publicprograms@guggenheim.org or call 212 423 3781 with any questions regarding the program.

Public & Artist Interactions is a program that invites contemporary artists to be collaborative partners in the creation of unique learning interactions.

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