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On June 22, Guggenheim.org adds a new feature, Guggenheim Forum. The online series brings together experts from a variety of fields to discuss and debate topics related to major museum exhibitions, with the public invited to comment on the conversation and take part in live chats. The inaugural installment of the Forum, titled Between the Over- and Underdesigned, runs through July 2 and addresses the subject of how design can enhance or detract from everyday life.
For Between the Over- and Underdesigned, a colloquy inspired by the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, the museum has convened an international group of panelists. They include Sarah Herda, Executive Director of Chicago’s Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; Arjo Klamer, who holds the world's only chair in the field of cultural economics, at Erasmus University in Rotterdam; and Ellen Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. Beijing- and New York–based architecture and design critic Aric Chen moderates the discussion and also hosts a chat session for visitors to the site, as does the Guggenheim’s Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, David van der Leer.
For a schedule and more information, visit our Guggenheim Forum home page.
Successive forums will follow the same format as Between the Over- and Underdesigned, evolving over two weeks and soliciting responses from the public, of which select examples will be posted, and offering live chats on the subject at hand. Nancy Spector, Chief Curator at the museum, called the Forum “a critical extension of our work at the museum . . . prompting the emergence of new themes and fascinating digressions related to our exhibition and public programming.”
The next Guggenheim Forum takes place this October in concert with the exhibition Kandinsky, which will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum September 18, 2009–January 13, 2010.
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