Guggenheim Museum 2014 Schedule of Exhibtions
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Guggenheim Museum 2014 Schedule of Exhibitions
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Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe
February 21–September 1, 2014
With this major exhibition, the Guggenheim organizes the first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism to be presented in the United States. This multidisciplinary exhibition will examine the historical sweep of the movement, from its inception with F. T. Marinetti’s Futurist manifesto in 1909 through its demise at the end of World War II. Presenting over 300 works executed between 1909 and 1944, the exhibition encompasses not only painting and sculpture, but also architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, free-form poetry, publications, music, theater, and performance. To convey the myriad artistic languages employed by the Futurists as their work evolved over a 35-year period, this chronological exhibition will integrate multiple disciplines in each section. This exhibition is organized by Vivien Greene, Senior Curator, 19th- and Early 20th-Century Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. This exhibition is made possible by Lavazza. Support is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the David Berg Foundation, with additional funding from the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts. The Leadership Committee for Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe is also gratefully acknowledged for its generosity, including the Hansjörg Wyss Charitable Endowment; Stefano and Carole Acunto; Giancarla and Luciano Berti; Ginevra Caltagirone; Massimo and Sonia Cirulli Archive; Daniela Memmo d’Amelio; Achim Moeller, Moeller Fine Art; Pellegrini Legacy Trust; and Alberto and Gioietta Vitale. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
A Year With Children 2014
May 9–June 18, 2014
A Year with Children 2014 will feature works of art created by New York City public school students who participated in the Guggenheim’s artist-in-residence program Learning Through Art (LTA). Representing 11 elementary schools in each of the city’s five boroughs, this annual exhibition will be on view at the museum May 9 through June 18. Learning Through Art and A Year with Children 2014 are generously supported by The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding is provided by Bain Capital Children's Charity; Gail May Engelberg and The Engelberg Foundation; the Sidney E. Frank Foundation; Guggenheim Partners, LLC; The Keith Haring Foundation; Harman Family Foundation; The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation; Windgate Charitable Foundation; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Gap Foundation; The BRIM Fund; the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc., and Scout Capital Management. The Leadership Committee for Learning Through Art and A Year with Children 2014 is gratefully acknowledged for its support.
Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, Latin America
June 13–October 1, 2014
Organized by Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, the exhibition (title to come) reconsiders what constitutes contemporary art in Latin America. It investigates the practices of a current generation of artists and examines a diversity of creative responses to shared complex realities influenced by colonial and contemporary histories, repressive governmental agendas, economic crises, and social uprisings, also taking account of concurrent periods of economic wealth, development, and modernization in the region. The exhibition is part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, a multi-year program involving curatorial residencies, acquisitions for the Guggenheim’s collection, international touring exhibitions, and far-reaching educational activities in South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. This presentation, which will debut in New York before traveling to a venue in Latin America and one in another international city, is the second of three sets of exhibitions, each focusing on one of the specified regions. A dynamic suite of audience-driven education programs, both at the exhibition venues and online, will accompany the exhibition. This will include a series of blog dispatches by León de la Barra documenting his research travel through Latin America. The artworks in the exhibition, along with others acquired as part of the initiative, will become part of the Guggenheim’s permanent collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund. The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is a cultural engagement of UBS.
ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow: 1950s–60s
October 10, 2014–January 7, 2015
ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow: 1950s–60s, is the first large-scale survey in the United States dedicated to the history of the German artist group ZERO (1957–1966) founded in 1957 by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene and joined in 1961 by Günther Uecker, as well as a larger network of like-minded artists from Europe, Japan, and North and South America—including Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Yayoi Kusama, Jan Schoonhoven, and Jesús Rafael Soto—who shared the group’s aspiration to transform and redefine art in the aftermath of World War II. The exhibition explores the experimental practices developed by this extensive ZERO network of artists, whose work anticipated aspects of Land art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art. ZERO encompasses a diverse range of media—painting, sculpture, works on paper, installations, and archival materials including publications and photographic and filmic documentation—and is organized around the defining events and artistic strategies that comprise these artists’ shared history. The redefinition of painting, the introduction of movement and light as artistic media, and the use of space as both subject and material are among the themes to be explored. At once a snapshot of a specific group and a portrait of a generation, the show celebrates the pioneering nature of both ZERO art and the international vision advanced by the network of artists formed during this pivotal decade in the history of art. The Leadership Committee for ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow: 1950s–60s is gratefully acknowledged for its support.
V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life
October 24, 2014–February 2015
The Guggenheim presents V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life, the first retrospective and scholarly presentation of the work of seminal Indian-born modernist Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924-2001). With approximately 30 major paintings and 10 works on paper drawn from public and private collections across India, Europe, and the United States, the exhibition charts the artist’s development, from his first Paul Klee-inspired watercolors of the early 1950s, and his signature oil paintings of the 1960s and ’70s, to a suite of works completed in his last decade. The non-representational works explore an avid, voracious worldview, spanning the traditions of nonobjective painting and Indian miniatures to Zen Buddhism and Chinese scrolls. Gaitonde stated, “Painting is a struggle— you have to inquire, you have to have a thinking mind…. A painting always exists within you, even before you actually start to paint.” V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life will open at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in fall 2014, followed by an international tour through 2015. The exhibition is organized by Sandhini Poddar, Guest Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Wang Jianwei: Time Temple
October 2014–February 2015
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at the Guggenheim Museum, launched in early 2013, strives to advance the achievements of contemporary Chinese artists and expand the discourse on contemporary Chinese art by commissioning Chinese artists to create major works that will be exhibited in the museum and enter into its permanent collection. Beijing-based artist Wang Jianwei has been selected for the first commission. Born 1958 in Suining, Sichuan Province, Wang Jianwei is recognized throughout Asia and Europe for his bold experiments in new media, video, performance, and conceptual and installation art. Wang’s work examines the contact between art and everyday life, producing complex relational aesthetics. His highly innovative artworks consider space and time in elaborate ways: working from the notion that the production of artwork can be a continuous rehearsal, connecting theater, visual art, and film. Wang Jianwei: Time Temple is the artist’s exploration into multiple dimensions of time and space in our daily experiences. This exhibition will comprise a multifaceted space and a time-based installation that includes painting, film, and a live theater production, which will explore new areas of participatory and relational art from China. Wang Jianwei: Time Temple is the first of three exhibitions presented by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative. Each exhibition will be accompanied by a scholarly publication, notable lectures, and education programs. This exhibition is organized by Thomas J. Berghuis, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art as part of the Guggenheim Museum’s Asian Art Initiative. This exhibition is made possible by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.
CURRENTLY ON VIEW
Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video
January 24–May 14, 2014
Carrie Mae Weems is a socially motivated artist whose works invite contemplation on race, gender, and class. Increasingly, she has broadened her view to include global struggles for equality and justice. Comprehensive in scope, this retrospective features photographs, including the groundbreaking Kitchen Table Series (1990), but also presents written texts, audio recordings, and videos. The exhibition traces the evolution of Weems’s career over the last thirty years, from her early documentary and autobiographical photographic series to the more conceptual and philosophically complex works that have placed her at the forefront of contemporary practice. Although Weems employs a variety of means to address an array of issues, all of her work displays an overarching commitment to better understanding the present by closely examining history and identity. It also contains a desire for universality: while African-Americans are typically her primary subjects, Weems wants “people of color to stand for the human multitudes” and for her art to resonate with all audiences. Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video is organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee. The exhibition has been curated by Kathryn Delmez, the Frist Center, where it opened in September 2012. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presentation is organized by Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography, with Susan Thompson, Assistant Curator. This exhibition is supported in part by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. The Leadership Committee for Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video is also gratefully acknowledged for its support, including Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Robert Menschel Vital Projects, and Jack Shainman Gallery, as well as Henry Buhl, Crystal R. McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Toby Devan Lewis, Louise and Gerald W. Puschel, and Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins. Additional funding is provided by the William Talbott Hillman Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Kandinsky in Paris, 1934–1944
Through April 23, 2014
Drawn from the museum's permanent collection, Kandinsky in Paris, 1934–1944 is an intimate presentation featuring paintings from the last 11 years of Kandinsky’s life—a prolific period of the artist’s career. After the Nazi government closed the Berlin Bauhaus where he taught in 1933, Kandinsky settled into the Parisian suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine. In France, his formal vocabulary changed, and diagrams of amoebas, embryos, and other primitive cellular and plant forms provided the sources for the whimsical biomorphic imagery that would be predominant in his late paintings. Instead of his usual primary colors, Kandinsky favored softer, pastel hues—pink, violet, turquoise, and gold—reminiscent of the colors of his Russian artwork. He also increasingly experimented with materials, such as combining sand with pigment. While Kandinsky found that his art had affinities with Surrealism and other abstract movements in Paris, he never fully immersed himself in the city’s artistic environment and instead continued to work independently. This exhibition is organized by Tracey Bashkoff, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, and Megan Fontanella, Associate Curator, Collections and Provenance.
A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion
On October 22, 1953, the exhibition Sixty Years of Living Architecture: The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright opened in New York on the site where the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum would be built. Constructed specifically for the exhibition were two Frank Lloyd Wright–designed buildings: a temporary pavilion made of glass, fiberboard, and pipe columns, and a 1,700-square-foot, fully furnished two-bedroom Usonian exhibition house representing Wright’s organic solution for modest, middle-class dwellings. This presentation on view in the Sackler Center for Arts Education pays homage to these two structures, which, as Wright himself noted, represented a long-awaited tribute as the first Wright buildings to be erected in New York City. This exhibition is organized by Francine Snyder, former Director of Library and Archives, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
The Thannhauser Collection
Bequeathed to the museum by art dealer and collector Justin K. Thannhauser, the Thannhauser Collection includes a selection of canvases, works on paper, and sculpture that represents the earliest works in the museum’s collection. The Thannhauser holdings include significant works by Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, and Vincent van Gogh. Thannhauser’s commitment to supporting the early careers of such artists as Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Franz Marc, and to educating the public about modern art, paralleled the vision of the Guggenheim Foundation’s originator, Solomon R. Guggenheim. Among the works Thannhauser gave are such incomparable masterpieces as Van Gogh’s Mountains at Saint-Rémy (Montagnes à Saint-Rémy, July 1889), Manet’s Before the Mirror (Devant la glace, 1876), and close to 30 paintings and drawings by Picasso, including his seminal works Le Moulin de la Galette (autumn 1900) and Woman Ironing (La Repasseuse, spring 1904).
Admission: Adults $22, students/seniors (65+) $18, members and children under 12 free. Available with admission or by download to personal devices, the Guggenheim’s new, free app offers an enhanced visitor experience. The app features content on special exhibitions, access to more than 1,300 works in the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, and information about the museum’s landmark building. Verbal imaging guides for select exhibitions are also included for visitors who are blind or have low vision. The Guggenheim app is sponsored by Bloomberg.
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