Summer Public Programs at the Guggenheim Museum

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In conjunction with the Guggenheim’s summer exhibitions James Turrell and New Harmony: Abstraction between the Wars, 1919–1939, the museum presents the following public programs.

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The Elaine Terner Cooper Education Fund
Conversations with Contemporary Artists:
James Turrell with Michael Govan
Fri, June 21, 2 pm
James Turrell joins Michael Govan, Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and cocurator of James Turrell: A Retrospective, in conversation about the different aspects of the artist’s singular oeuvre on view in three concurrent exhibitions this summer in Houston, Los Angeles, and New York.

SOLD OUT. Doors will open half an hour prior to event and stand-by tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis ($12, $8 members). Students and interns with valid ID may purchase standby tickets at $5 discounted ticket price. A live broadcast of this program will be streamed at For more information, visit

Sacred Voices
Sun and Tues, June 23 and 25, 7:30 pm
The maverick American composer and new-music pioneer John Zorn will premiere EARTHSPIRIT and MADRIGALS, two new works for female voices, inside James Turrell’s site-specific installation Aten Reign (2013). George Steel, General Manager and Artistic Director, New York City Opera, will moderate a discussion with Zorn.

$40, $35 members. For tickets and more information, visit

Google Art Talk: Turrell Trifecta
Tues, July 9, 3 pm
As part of the Google Art Project’s new series of art talks, curators from the three concurrent James Turrell exhibitions on view this summer will be responding to crowd-sourced questions about the artist. The online discussion, featuring Nat Trotman, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Alison de Lima Greene, Curator of Contemporary Art and Special Projects, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will be moderated by Wil Hylton, Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine. Viewers can access the talk via Hangouts on Air on the Google Art Project’s Google+ page, and submit questions for the curators via the Turrell Trifecta submission form.

Sky Light: Dr. E.C. Krupp
Wed, July 17, 6:30 pm
Although the sky is half of the environment and light is what activates sight, both are taken for granted today. However, from prehistoric Ireland’s Newgrange to Egypt’s Abu Simbel to Mexico’s Chichén Itza, ancient civilizations have engaged the sky and manipulated its light. The monumental works of James Turrell also anchor audiences with celestial light, but with different motivation. Astronomer E. C. Krupp, Director, Griffith Observatory, explores parallels with antiquity and engagements with perception in Turrell’s installations, particularly Roden Crater and Agua de Luz (2012) at Cenote Santa María in Mérida, Mexico. An exhibition viewing of James Turrell follows the lecture.

$12, $8 members, free for students and interns with RSVP. For tickets and more information, visit

Philip Glass: In Concert
Thurs, Sept 19, 7 pm
Renowned for his immersive music of repetitive structures, composer Philip Glass constructs an exclusive one-hour concert performed within Aten Reign (2013), James Turrell’s new site-specific installation at the Guggenheim Museum.

Performance: $50, $45 members, $35 students and interns with valid ID; performance and private
reception with the artist in the Wright: $75, $65 members, $50 students and interns with valid ID (all tickets limited capacity). Tickets go on sale July 1. For tickets and more information, visit

James Turrell: Sensing Space
Fri, Sept 20, 3:30 pm
In this half-day symposium, scholars present on topics that cover the range of James Turrell’s work, including the nature of perception, conditions of site-specificity, and the philosophy of aesthetics. Speakers include Thomas Crow, Provostial Fellow and Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts at New York University; Miwon Kwon, Professor and Chair, UCLA Department of Art History; and Mark Taylor, Professor and Chair, Department of Religion, Columbia University. An exhibition viewing of James Turrell follows the lecture.

$15, $10 members, free for students and interns with RSVP. For tickets and more information, visit

Around the Circle: Fresh Perspectives on Abstraction  
Thurs, June 13, 6:30 pm
Tues, July 16, 6:30 pm
These after-hours tours offer lively opportunities for the public to engage with New Harmony: Abstraction between the Wars, 1919–1939. The first presents an artist’s point of view and the second considers how conversation with museum educators shapes the viewing of classics from the Guggenheim collection. Both programs are followed by an exhibition viewing of New Harmony and a reception.

Thurs, June 13: Artist/Composer R. Luke DuBois

Tues, July 16: Guggenheim Educators Filip Noterdaeme and Paula Stuttman

Each session: $15, $10 members, $5 students and interns with valid ID (limited capacity). For tickets and more information, visit

A Summer Salon with Karen Finley
Mon–Thurs, July 8–11, 10 am–1 pm
This popular summer intensive encourages cross-generational dialogue and creative interactions inspired by notions of utopia, color theory, and the museum experience. Taught by internationally acclaimed artist and educator Karen Finley, daily sessions include focused explorations of specific works on view, studio sessions, creative writing, an offsite visit to another museum, and a final reflection. No prior art-making experience is necessary.

$240, $160 members, $120 students and interns (over 16 with valid ID, students under 18 must be accompanied). Limited enrollment.  Family discount available. To enroll and for more information, visit

Fris, June 7 and 14, 2 pm
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari), 1919
Directed by Robert Wiene, 75 minutes, DVD. English Intertitles. Courtesy Kino Lorber.

Fris, June 21 and 28, 2 pm
Nosferatu (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens), 1922
Directed by F. W. Murnau, 84 minutes, DVD. English Intertitles. Courtesy Kino Lorber.

Film screenings are held in conjunction with exhibitions on view and free with museum admission. They are shown in the New Media Theater in the Sackler Center for Arts Education. For more information visit

Mind’s Eye Programs
Mons, Jun 3, Jul 1, and Aug 5, 6:30 pm
Weds, Jun 12, Jul 10, and Aug 14, 2 pm
Tours and workshops for visitors who are blind or have low vision are presented through verbal imaging and touch.

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

Fris, 2 pm
Curators and conservators lead in-depth tours of James Turrell and New Harmony: Abstraction between the Wars, 1919–1939.

Jul 19: James Turrell
Led by Nat Trotman, Associate Curator

Aug 9: New Harmony: Abstraction between the Wars, 1919–1939
Led by Julie Barten, Senior Conservator of Collections and Exhibitions

Aug 23: James Turrell
Led by Joanna Phillips, Associate Conservator for Contemporary Art

Sept 13: James Turrell
Led by Nat Trotman, Associate Curator

Free with museum admission.  Jul 19 and Aug 9 tours will be ASL interpreted. For more information, contact or visit

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June 11, 2013

Samantha Weiss, Media and Public Relations Associate
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James Turrell, Rendering for Aten Reign, 2013. Daylight and LED light. Site-specific installation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York © James Turrell. Rendering: Andreas Tjeldflaat, 2012 © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

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