Digital Digest: Summer 2012

Douglas J. Cuomo’s opera, Doubt

From a work at the Guggenheim Yoko Ono considers a "masterpiece" to innovative ideas for urban comfort, stay current on Guggenheim activity online with our new series featuring highlights from across all our digital channels.

Final Weeks: The exhibition Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960 is in the home stretch before its closing on September 12. Watch a video on former director James Johnson Sweeney, who focused on acquiring modern art in the 1950s and formed close relationships with artists such as Jackson Pollock and Antoni Tàpies. Also, be sure to visit the On View in New York section of the Collection Online, which was recently expanded to include all the works featured in the exhibition. New installation views of the exhibition are added weekly through the run of the show.

Urban Escape: The BMW Guggenheim Lab teamed up with GOOD this summer for an online call for ideas, asking “How would you transform a public space in your city to make it more comfortable?” Ahead of the announcement of curator Maria Nicanor’s top picks next week, take a sneak peek at some of the innovative ideas we received. Cardboard hammocks, anyone?

Curtain Call: Tickets for the fall season of Works & Process, the Guggenheim’s performing-arts series, went on sale online on Monday, August 13. Buy tickets now for performances by American Ballet Theatre, the Metropolitan Opera, the annual Peter & the Wolf concert, and more. Also, just confirmed, Russian pianist Mikhail Rudy presents a multimedia performance of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition on September 27 and 28, incorporating animated projections based on Vasily Kandinsky artwork.

School’s Out: For the 2011–12 school year, Learning Through Art, the Guggenheim’s artist-residency program, sent teaching artists to all five boroughs for 20-week in-school residencies. View recently added artwork images and program overviews from participating schools, such as PS 48 in Staten Island, where Mark Dzula asked students, “How do we make the strange familiar? How do we make the familiar strange?”

Memory Lane: With the end of the BMW Guggenheim Lab’s stop in Berlin, the Lab’s blog looks back at the six-week tenure of speakers and programs, and asks participants to share their favorite memories. Find out, for example, who curator Maria Nicanor thought most made the Lab his own. Relive the Berlin Lab experience—or get a taste of the Lab for the first time—with a slate of new videos taken at the site, including architect Joseph Grima’s talk on a participatory approach to design.

Social Club: Yoko Ono made a stop at the museum in July to take in Art of Another Kind, which she documented on Instagram. Discover what Ellsworth Kelly painting is a favorite, and something she would never do at the museum.

Tickets for Douglas J. Cuomo’s opera Doubt, based on the Pulitzer and Tony Award–winning play by John Patrick Shanley, went on sale August 13. Image courtesy the Minnesota Opera


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