30 Years of Works & Process Celebrated at Gala

Jason Hackenwerth’s Aviary

On April 2, the performing-arts series Works & Process at the Guggenheim celebrated 30 years of inspiring commissions and world premieres in the museum’s rotunda.

The evening kicked off with guests congregating in the Peter B. Lewis Theater with remarks by Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. As part of the evening, Caroline Cronson, 30th Anniversary Chair of Works & Process, introduced a new commission from the Spring 2014 season by choreographer Emery LeCrone, set to J. S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 in C Minor.

Following the performance, guests watched a short film, narrated by Works & Process founder and producer Mary Sharp Cronson, that highlighted the program’s past three decades. John Heginbotham choreographed a second performance, set to a mix of jazz standards and electronic beats. The evening ended with dinner in the rotunda, a perfect showcase for Aviary, a specially commissioned work of art by artist Jason Hackenwerth, which hung above guests as they dined.

Jason Hackenwerth’s Aviary, a temporary latex-balloon installation commissioned by Works & Process for its 30th Anniversary Gala. Photograph: Kristopher McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

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