Spring Public Programs at the Guggenheim Museum



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In conjunction with the Guggenheim’s spring exhibitions, the museum presents the following public programs.

Concrete Escort I, II, III, IV
Organized by Ei Arakawa

Fris, 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 where the audience is escorted and repositioned. The tour emphasizes the power dynamics within Gutai, between women and men, singularity and plurality, performance and painting. The audience, performers, and photographer interact at various intervals, collapsing archival image-making or mise-en-scènes and temporarily reanimating historic Gutai documents. Mar 22 performers include Ei Arakawa, Simone Forti, Jutta Koether, Andrew Lampert, Caitlin MacBride. Apr 26 performers include Shinsuke Aso, Kerstin Brästch, Eileen Quinlan, Jay Sanders, and Amy Sillman.

$20, $15 members, $10 students for 6 pm performance. $25, $20 members for 8 pm performance, followed by a reception. For tickets and more information, visit guggenheim.org/publicprograms.


SANBASO, divine dance
Mansai Nomura + Hiroshi Sugimoto

Thurs, Mar 28, 2 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 Sanbasō (1957) by Shiraga Kazuo, one of the leading figures of Japan’s avant-garde Gutai movement. Copresented with Japan Society.

ALL PERFORMANCES SOLD OUT. $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 guggenheim.org/sanbaso.

Barmak Akram: The Kabuli Kid
Fri, Apr 5, 6:30 pm
A special one-time screening of Wajma (An Afghan Love Story), the most recent film written and directed by Barmak Akram and winner of the Screeningwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival 2013. Following the screening, independent curator Leeza Ahmady and artist Mariam Ghani join Akram in a discussion about filmmaking in Afghanistan.

Free with advance registration; $5 at the door. A reception and exhibition viewing of No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia immediately follow. For tickets and more information, visit guggenheim.org/map.

No Country: Regarding South and Southeast Asia

Tues, Apr 16, 6:30 pm
Thurs, Apr 18, 11 am
This in-depth two-day symposium examines how national borders affect the production, presentation, and reception of contemporary art in South and Southeast Asia.

Part I
Tues, Apr 16, 6:30 pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The symposium begins with a screening of No Country artist Wong Hoy Cheong’s Doghole (2010, 22 min.) in which the director recounts an experience under imprisonment during the Japanese occupation of Malaya. Following the screening, Wong discusses the themes and issues explored in his artistic practice including cultural difference, race, ethnicity, migration, and history. A reception and exhibition viewing of No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia immediately follow.


Part II
Thurs, Apr 18, 11 am
Queens Museum of Art
The symposium continues at the Queens Museum of Art, featuring discussions in which artists, art historians, scholars, and curators address cultural and historic specificities in contemporary art practice. Tentative list of speakers includes Ly Daravuth (Cambodia), Gridthiya Gaweewong (Thailand), Sharmini Pereira (Sri Lanka/United Kingdom/Canada), June Yap (Singapore/New York), The Propeller Group (Vietnam/US) and Nora Taylor (United States).

Free with advance registration; $5 at the door. For tickets and more information, visit guggenheim.org/map.

Mind’s Eye with Khadim Ali
Mon, Apr 22, 6:30 pm
Exhibition artist Khadim Ali leads a workshop inspired by thousand-year-old Persian epic the Shahnameh (Book of kings) for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Workshop is free with advance registration at access@guggenheim.org or 212 360 4355. Space limited. For more information, visit guggenheim.org/mindseye.

In conjunction with No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, the Guggenheim is pleased to present three documentary and narrative film programs.

History of Histories: Afghan Films 1960 to Present
Fris, Mar 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. Leeza Ahmady and Mariam Ghani will introduce the screening on March 29.

March 22
Selections from the Afghan Films Archive, 1967–80. (black-and-white, 54 min.)

Khan-e-Tarikh (The House of History), 1996, directed by Qader Tahiri (black-and-white, 20 min.)

Fiction shorts, In the Name of Opium (directed by Sayed Jalal Hussaini), by the Jump Cut Film Collective, 2009–10 (black-and-white, 10 min.)

Feature Akhtar Maskara (Akhtar the Joker), 1980, directed by Latif Ahmadi (black-and-white, 90 min.)

English subtitles, 174 min.

March 29
Documentary shorts, Dusty Night (directed by Mohamed Ali Hazara) and The Postman (directed by Wahid Nazir), from Ateliers Varan Kabul, 2011 (color, 47 min.)

Fiction shorts, ANT (directed by Hashem Didari) and Devious (directed by Sayed Jalal Hussaini), by the Jump Cut Film Collective, 2009–10 (color, 28 min.)

Feature Mujasemaha Mekhandan (The Sculptures Are Laughing), 1976, directed by Toryalai Shafaq (black-and-white, 81 min.)

English subtitles, 156 min.

Stories from Southeast Asia
(2009, 22 min., dir. FX Harsono)
Omkoi District, Pa-an Village, (2005, 15 min., dir. Sutthirat Supaparinya)
The Clinic (2010, 21 min., dir. Aung Min)

Fris, Apr 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2 pm

Three short films from Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia explore how everyday minutiae are weighted with historical implication, the lasting trauma of ethnic massacre, and the struggle to coexist in an unfamiliar environment. English subtitles, 58 min. 

Century of Birthing (Siglong pagluluwal, 2011, 355 min., dir. Lav Diaz)
Fris, May 3, 10, and 17, 11 am
Lav Diaz, dubbed the “ideological father of New Philippine Cinema,” intertwines the seemingly unrelated tales of a filmmaker struggling to finish his film and a woman in a rural cult. The result is an epic meditation on the roles of artist, prophet, and acolyte. English subtitles, 355 min.

No Country is the first exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP 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 guggenheim.org/filmscreenings for the complete schedule.

Tues, Apr 23, 6:30 pm
Bridget Alsdorf, Princeton University, discusses her current research on representations of theatrical audiences and crowds in fin de siècle France, with particular interest in art’s intersections with emerging fields of social psychology. Considering a range of artistic media, her work sheds new light on the work of Félix Vallotton, Pierre Bonnard, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

The Annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture honors the wide-ranging career of Robert Rosenblum (1927–2006), former Guggenheim Swid Curator of 20th-Century Art, and Henry Ittelson Jr. Professor of Modern European Art, New York University, whose celebrated work included projects on Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and the depiction of dogs in art. This series is facilitated by donors to the Robert Rosenblum Fund who are gratefully acknowledged for their generosity.

$12, $8 members, free for students with a valid ID and an advance RSVP at guggenheim.org/publicprograms.

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

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

Apr 5: No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia
Led by Joanna Phillips, Associate Conservator of Contemporary Art

Apr 12: No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia
Led by June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia

Apr 19: Gutai: Splendid Playground
Led by Lyn Hsieh, Asian Art Fellow

Apr 26: The Hugo Boss Prize 2012: Danh Vo
Led by Katherine Brinson, Associate Curator

Free with museum admission. Mar 29 and Apr 26 tours will be ASL interpreted. For more information, contact publicprograms@guggenheim.org or visit guggenheim.org/calendar.

For tickets and more information, visit guggenheim.org/publicprograms or call 212 423 3587, Mon–Fri, 1–5 pm.


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March 21, 2013

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