Guggenheim Forum


Guggenheim Forum is a continuing series of moderated online discussions catalyzing intelligent conversation on the arts, architecture, and design. Several times each year, experts from a variety of fields inquire into and debate topics related to the museum’s exhibition program.

Each Forum unfolds over the course of one week. During that period, visitors to are encouraged to send in comments. Responses will be posted for consideration by the panelists and to contribute to the overall dialogue. A live chat session takes place during each Forum, allowing visitors to communicate directly with our experts in a lively, immediate approach to the subject at hand.


Sympathetic Vibrations
November 17–21, 2014
Live Chat: November 20, 3 pm EST

This edition of the Guggenheim Forum explores vibration as both a physical phenomenon and a vitalizing spirit or force. The fascination with resonance has ancient roots but also extends through the nineteenth century and into our own era’s advanced science and technology. How does vibration—corporeal or extrasensory, material or immaterial, manufactured or organic—influence our bodies? Our psyches? Our interactions? How do we resolve its scientific, artistic, and spiritual manifestations today?

The Forum, inspired by the exhibition ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s, will be hosted by Shelley Trower, author of Senses of Vibration: A History of the Pleasure and Pain of Sound, and will include a one-hour live chat. Other participants will include artist Sergei Tcherepnin, composer and performer Alex Waterman, and science writer and director of the Institute For Figuring Margaret Wertheim.



Marxz Rosado, The Process for Attaining the Signature of Pedro Albizu Campos in Neon Lights (Proceso para conseguir la firma de Pedro Albizu Campos en luces de neón), 1977–2002

Guggenheim Blogs

Explore art and ideas from around the world on our Webby Award–nominated blogs.

Guggenheim Forum

The Guggenheim
Forum Reader

The Guggenheim Forum Reader e-book is now available.