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Nat Trotman, Associate Curator, speaks at the Scholars Day for The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989

Recent exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum have served as the backdrop for new and ongoing scholarly programs that advance knowledge among academics and the public. Supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant and an advisory committee, the museum piloted its first Scholars Day on February 5, 2009, in conjunction with The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989. The daylong session gathered curators, academics, museum professionals, and independent scholars for focused in-gallery discussions tailored to the select group of attendees. Presenters included Lee Glazer, Associate Curator of American Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Branden Joseph, Associate Professor, Columbia University, N.Y.; Pepe Karmel, Chair, Art History Department, New York University; and Nat Trotman, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Participants included Laura Kuhn, Director, John Cage Trust, New York; Constance Lewallen, Adjunct Curator, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley; Kathy Halbreich, Associate Director, Museum of Modern Art, New York; and many more. A second Scholars Day on October 1, 2009, included presentations by art historians, conservators, and curators, and was part of the extensive programming surrounding Kandinsky.

Over the summer, coinciding with the opening of the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, a two-day symposium addressed Wright’s seminal 1931 question: “Now what architecture?” Relevant topics such as private residential design, public monuments, and shared urban spaces were discussed by an international roster of architects including David Adjaye, Stan Allen, Amale Andraos, Adriaan Geuze, and Toshiko Mori, as well as critics, curators, and historians. More symposia are scheduled to revolve around upcoming exhibitions, and the public is invited to attend.

Nat Trotman, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, speaks at the Scholars Day for The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989, February 5, 2009. Photo: Rachel Schwartz