Listings Alert: Spring 2012 Public Programs at the Guggenheim Museum


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I am micro, 2011

Daily, Mar 2-Jun 6
Mon-Wed: 11 am and 12, 2, 3, 4, and 5 pm
Fri-Sun: 3, 4, and 5 pm
Directed by Shumona Goel and Shai Heredia (India) 15 min., 46 sec., 35 mm, black and white
I am micro
is a film that celebrates collaboration and small-scale independent filmmaking through a combination of documentary and visual poetry. Images are culled from two different sources-a shoot around a defunct Kolkata-based factory for optomechanical and optoelectronic instruments and behind-the-scenes footage from the set of a new work by filmmaker Ashim Ahluwalia-and overlaid with a voice-over by director and screenwriter Kamal Swaroop, whose debut film, Om Dar-B-Dar (1988), initially earned wide acclaim but quickly fell into obscurity. Filmmakers Goel and Heredia will be available for questions after the 12 pm screening on March 7. Presented in conjunction with The Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim: Being Singular Plural.

Films screenings are free with museum admission unless otherwise indicated and are shown in the New Media Theater in the Sackler Center for Arts Education.

Shumona Goel and Shai Heredia

Wed, Mar 7, 12 pm
Filmmakers Shumona Goel and Shai Heredia will attend the screening of I am micro (2011) and are available afterward to answer questions from visitors.

Free with museum admission.

Conversations with Contemporary Artists
Amar Kanwar

Tues, Mar 6, 6:30 pm
Meet Amar Kanwar, whose video installation The Torn First Pages (2004?08) is included both in The Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim: Being Singular Plural and in the Guggenheim Museum's permanent collection. Kanwar's politically astute films and videos, which he has made for the past twenty years, are fragmented narratives of violence, displacement, and resistance told through lyrical, compassionate images and texts. In confronting the geopolitical situation of Burma under its recent military dictatorship, Kanwar offers hope, relayed through the lives of numerous artists, students, activists, poets, monks, and exiles involved in this resistance movement. A reception and exhibition viewing follow.

$10, $7 members, free for students with a valid ID.

John Chamberlain: A Conversation
Tues, Mar 13, 6:30 pm
Engaged in explorations of shifts in scale, materials, and techniques, John Chamberlain created a body of work that ranges from monochromatic iron sculptures to experiments in foam, Plexiglas, and paper to large-scale foil works made near the end of his accomplished career. Early in his practice, Chamberlain developed a unique and well-recognized assemblage process, a method he continued to harness in over sixty-years of artistic production. Join us for a lively discussion about the inventive career of the late American artist as Susan Davidson, curator of John Chamberlain: Choices and Senior Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum, leads a conversation with art critic and author Dave Hickey, Distinguished Professor of Criticism in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico, and Donna De Salvo, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art. A reception and exhibition viewing follow.

$10, $7 members, free for students with a valid ID.

Tues, Mar 20, 6:30 pm
Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya of Desire Machine Collective have worked together since 2004 in testing the limits of moving images and the roles they play in recording social histories. The Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim: Being Singular Plural includes Desire Machine Collective's site-specific interactive installation Trespassers Will (Not) Be Prosecuted (2012) as well as the moving-image works Residue (2011) and Nishan I (2007-12). In this public program, the artists will discuss the philosophical outlook that drives their thought and work.

In conjunction with The Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim: Being Singular Plural, Jain and Madhukaillya also offer exhibition visitors a chance to participate in a unique public studio.

$10, $7 members, free for students with a valid ID.

Dickie Landry, SOLO

Mon, Mar 26, 8 pm
Louisiana-born saxophonist, artist, and composer Dickie Landry performs one of his legendary site-specific SOLO concerts on tenor saxophone as a tribute to John Chamberlain, visual artist and jazz enthusiast, who was known for having taken up the saxophone himself at the age of 74. In a 60-minute SOLO in the museum rotunda, Landry uses original sound and delayed repeats to explore textured, abstract layers of sound within Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic architecture. There will be no seating and the audience may move around freely through the John Chamberlain: Choices exhibition during the performance.

$30, $25 for members, $10 for students under 25 with valid ID.

Second Annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture: Gilbert and George in Conversation with Michael Bracewell
Tues, Apr 3, 6:30 pm
Since first meeting at Saint Martins School of Art, London, in 1967, Gilbert & George have created a body of art that describes with unwavering lucidity the experience of being alive in the modern urban world. Violent, confrontational, and intensely atmospheric, the art of Gilbert & George reveals what the artists have described as "the moral dimension" of their subject matter: the desires, fears, hopes, volatility, and frailty of the human condition in all its messy and democratic momentum. For nearly five decades, Gilbert & George have created their works entirely independent of any school or movement in modern and contemporary art, tirelessly refining the artistic capacities of what Robert Rosenblum so succinctly defined as "the singularity of their duality." They are joined in conversation by Michael Bracewell, a novelist and cultural historian and the author of several publications about their art.

$10, $7 members, free for students with a valid ID.

Eye to Eye: Artist-Led Walk-Throughs

Eye to Eye is a series of private gallery tours of John Chamberlain: Choices led by contemporary artists that invite visitors to learn from the perspectives of current practitioners. A reception immediately follows each tour.

DeWitt Godfrey
Mon, Apr 16, 6:30 pm
DeWitt Godfrey's large abstract sculptures mark a trajectory that shifts away from the declarative, autonomous object to structures that emphasize the relation between form and context: material, process, and environment. Godfrey is an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Colgate University, New York.

Huma Bhabha
Mon, Apr 30, 6:30 pm
Working with found and cast-off materials, Huma Bhabha imbues her sculptures with reliquary-like power. For this Guggenheim tour, Bhabha will incorporate her interest in the abject and alien when discussing Chamberlain's work, taking into consideration the primitive, the modern, the contemporary, and the global. Bhabha lives and works in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Amy Sillman
Tues, May 8, 6:30 pm
Intuitively imaginative, Amy Sillman's gestural paintings occupy her canvases with effusively hybrid delights. Masterfully drawing upon a rich repertoire of modern art vocabularies, from Willem de Kooning to Philip Guston, yet distinctively idiosyncratic, Sillman's thickly chromatic compositions are at once both intimate and momentous. Sillman currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and is co-chair of the Painting Department every summer for the MFA program at Bard College in New York.

Limited to 30 participants. Single tour: $20, $15 members, $10 students. Series of 3: $50, $40 members, $30 students.

AbEx3D: Abstract Expressionism in Sculpture
Sat, Apr 21, 10 am-4 pm
Taught by artist and conservator Corey D'Augustine, this daylong workshop includes an introductory slide presentation and a gallery tour of John Chamberlain: Choices. In the afternoon, participants will experiment with three-dimensional materials and studio exercises using assemblage, collage, and sculptural techniques of the 1950s and '60s. No experience is required.

$75, $60 members and students.

Art in the 1970s, Through the Lens of Francesca Woodman
Fri, May 18, 4pm
This program examines the relationship between the still and moving image in Woodman and other artists' production during the 1970s, particularly as associated with Post-Minimalism, performance, and video. Organized by Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography. A reception follows.

$10, $7 members, free for students with a valid ID.

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Admission: Adults $18, students/seniors (65+) $15, members and children under 12 free. Admission includes an audio tour with highlights of the Guggenheim’s permanent collection and of the building, available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

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