Chapter 7, "Early Reactions to the Building"

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Architecture Tour

May 2010

Since it opened to the public in 1959, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum building has provoked curiosity, admiration, exaltation, and even scorn. Every year, over one million visitors come not only to view world-class art, but to experience first-hand the landmark building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. On the occasion of the museum’s 50th Anniversary, we have developed the Guggenheim Architecture Tour. In this video available for download, you'll see unique and historic images, and hear artists, architects, curators, and historians describe why Wright’s building elicits such powerful reactions and what makes it—in the eyes of many—an architectural masterpiece.

Download chapters 1–14 of the podcast in iTunes or copy and paste this URL into your preferred subscription software:

Everything is Museum

February 2008

Download"Everything Is Museum" (12.9 MB, audio only, 14 min., 6 sec.)

The latest Guggenheim Museum podcast focuses on Cai Guo-Qiang's Everything Is Museum, a series of contemporary art installations in nontraditional sites such as military bunkers and under bridges. Concurrent with the Guggenheim retrospective Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe, the artist curated an exhibition in the Sackler Center for Arts Education on the series, with contributions from Kiki Smith, Norman Foster, and members of the museum-going public. Hear from Cai Guo-Qiang, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Director Thomas Krens, and contributing artists Jennifer Wen Ma and Tan Dun about the Everything Is Museum series, the Sackler Center exhibition, and the role of museums in the global cultural landscape.

Gallery Guides

January 2008

Download "Gallery Guides" (8.4 MB, audio only, 9 min., 12 sec.)

This podcast takes listeners behind the scenes of the museum's Gallery Guide program, an innovative position that combines museum educators with security personnel. Gallery Guides facilitate discussions about art while protecting the work on display. Hear from Maria Celi, director of visitor services; Georgia Krantz, education program manager; Steve Ursell, director of security; and several gallery guides as to why the program creates a more dynamic, interactive museum experience.

The Gallery Guide program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.



Futurism Blog Series

Detail: Fortunato Depero, Little Black and White Devils, Dance of Devils (Diavoletti neri e bianchi, Danza di diavoli), 1922–23

Hear from exhibition designers, explore Futurist works in the collection, discover the Futurists' fascination with speed, and more with the Guggenheim blog’s series of posts on Italian Futurism.

Detail: Fortunato Depero, Little Black and White Devils, Dance of Devils (Diavoletti neri e bianchi, Danza di diavoli), 1922–23. Pieced wool on cotton backing, 184 × 181 cm. MART, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome. Photo: © MART, Archivio Fotografico


Giacomo Balla, Abstract Speed + Sound (Velocità astratta + rumore), 1913–14

Send an e-card from the exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe.


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