Winter Public Programs at the Guggenheim Museum


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In conjunction with the Guggenheim's winter exhibitions, the museum presents the following public programs.

Mohammed Kazem and Reem Fadda

Tues, Feb 26, 6:30 pm
Reem Fadda, Associate Curator, Middle Eastern Art, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project, and recently appointed curator for the United Arab Emirates Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, presents “The Contemporary History of the UAE Art Scene,” examining the landscape of the UAE’s vanguard artists from the mid-1970s to present. Following the lecture, Mohammed Kazem, featured artist of the United Arab Emirates Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, joins Fadda in a lively discussion. A reception follows the program.

$12, $8 members, free for students with a valid ID and an advance RSVP at

Fri, Mar 1, 6:30 pm
Zarina Hashmi discusses her artistic practice with Andreas Huyssen, Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, on the occasion of her retrospective Zarina: Paper Like Skin. A reception and exhibition viewing follow the program.

$12, $8 members, free for students with a valid ID and an advance RSVP at

Danh Vo
Tues, Mar 19, 6;30 pm
Danh Vo, the ninth artist to win the Hugo Boss Prize, discusses his exhibition The Hugo Boss Prize 2012: Danh Vo, on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from March 15–May 27, 2013. A reception and exhibition viewing follow the program.

$12, $8 members, free for students with a valid ID and an advance RSVP at

Gutai as Science Fiction
Tues, Mar 12, 4 pm
Bringing together scholars from diverse fields and experts in art and technology, this program, presented in conjunction with Gutai: Splendid Playground, will present new research on Gutai’s second phase (1962–72) in an international context. Speakers and panelists include exhibition organizers Ming Tiampo and Alexandra Munroe, independent scholar Reiko Tomii, artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, artist Otto Piene, and Artforum editor Michelle Kuo.

$15, $10 members, and limited free tickets for students with RSVP at

Concrete Escort I, II, III, IV
Fri, Mar 22 and Apr 26, 6 and 8 pm
New York-based Japanese performance artist Ei Arakawa invites painters, sculptors, dancers, filmmakers, and archivists to form a temporal group addressing Gutai today. Resulting in a performative exhibition tour of Gutai: Splendid Playground where the audience will be escorted and repositioned, emphasis will be on the power dynamic within Gutai, women and men, singularity and plurality, and performance and painting. Tasked to communicate the diversity of Gutai activities, each tour takes a different route through the exhibition.

$20, $15 members, $10 students for 6 pm performances. $25, $20 members for 8 pm performances, followed by a reception. For tickets and more information, visit

SANBASO, divine dance
Mansai Nomura + Hiroshi Sugimoto
Thurs, Mar 28, 2 pm and 8 pm
Fri, Mar 29, 8 pm
Renowned Kyogen actor Mansai Nomura performs Japan’s oldest celebratory dance on a stage designed by artist Hiroshi Sugimoto in the museum’s iconic rotunda. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Gutai: Splendid Playground, Sanbaso is a tribute to the performance Ultramodern Sanbaso (1957) by Shiraga Kazuo, one of the leading figures of Japan’s avant-garde Gutai movement. Co-presented with Japan Society.

$50, $45 Guggenheim and Japan Society members, $25 students for seated tickets. $30, $25 Guggenheim and Japan Society members, $15 students for standing tickets. For tickets and more information, visit

Fri, Mar 8, 9 pm
Guests enjoy after-hours access to the Guggenheim’s winter exhibitions, accompanied by a cash bar against the background of a playlist selected by improvisational dressmaker and performer Miyuki Nishizawa, a student of Gutai: Splendid Playground artists Shimamoto Shozo and Yoshihara Jiro. Miyuki will present a special performance as Shimbun Onna (newspaper woman) in the museum’s rotunda during the event.

Free for members, $18 guests and general public (credit card only at the door). For more information, visit

In conjunction with Zarina: Paper Like Skin
Selected by the artist Zarina

Silent Waters (Khamosh Pani), 2003
Fri, Feb 1, 2 pm
Set in the late 1970s when General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq took control of Pakistan and encouraged Islamic nationalism, Silent Waters follows the lives of a widowed mother, Ayesha, and her young son, Saleem, as their village in Punjab succumbs to radical influence.

Dir. Sabiha Sumar, DVD, Punjabi and Urdu with English subtitles, 99 min. Courtesy First Run Features.

The Chess Players (Shatranj Ke Khilari), 1977
Fris, Feb 8 and 15, 2 pm
On the eve of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, The Chess Players follows two chess-obsessed landowners as they pour every ounce of passion into a never-ending game of chess amidst unfolding political drama in the kingdom of Awadh.

Dir. Satyajit Ray, DVD, Urdu with English subtitles, 115 min. Courtesy Kino Lorber.

In conjunction with No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia
Selected by independent curator Leeza Ahmady and artist Mariam Ghani

History of Histories: Afghan Films 1960 to Present
Fris, Mar 1, 15, 22, and 29, 2 pm
Organized by independent curator Leeza Ahmady and artist Mariam Ghani, this series of fiction films, newsreels, and documentaries juxtaposes contemporary work with selections from Afghanistan's national film institute archive, and documents the nation's history and vibrant culture. English subtitles, 120 min.

Mariam Ghani and Leeza Ahmady will introduce the screenings on March 1 and 29. No Country is the first exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS Global Art Initiative.

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

Fris, 2 pm
Curators and conservators lead in-depth tours of current exhibitions.

Feb 22: A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion
Led by Francine Snyder, Director of Library and Archives

Mar 1: Gutai: Splendid Playground
Led by Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art

Mar 8: Gutai: Splendid Playground
Led by Corey D’Augustine, Conservator

Mar 15: Gutai: Splendid Playground
Led by Ming Tiampo, Associate Professor, Art History, Carleton University, Ottawa

Mar 22: Zarina: Paper Like Skin
Led by Jeffrey Warda, Conservator, Paper

Mar 29: Zarina: Paper Like Skin
Led by Helen Hsu, Assistant Curator

Free with museum admission. Select tours will be ASL- interpreted. For more information, contact or visit

Mind’s Eye Programs
Mon, Mar 4, 6:30 pm
Wed, Mar 13, 2 pm
Tours and workshops for visitors who are partially sighted or blind are presented through Verbal Imaging and touch.

Free, and registration required at or 212 360 4355. For more information, visit

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