Spring Public Programs at the Guggenheim Museum

Spring Public Programs at the Guggenheim Museum

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In conjunction with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s spring exhibitions Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video and Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, the museum presents the following public programs and the Fourth Annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture.


Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect
Friday, April 25, 11 am–6 pm, 8 pm*
Saturday, April 26, 11 am–6 pm, 8 pm*
Sunday, April 27, 11 am–2 pm

In conjunction with Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, on view through May 14, 2014, the Guggenheim is pleased to announce a weekend of public programs, featuring film, interviews, music, panel discussions, performances, spoken word, and more. Weems, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, will host an all-star cast of activists, artists, musicians, writers, and other internationally renowned guests in a series of museum sessions in celebration of her exhibition. This multidisciplinary performance-salon focuses on contemporary cultural production by people of color in the areas of architecture, dance, film, music, theater, and visual art, and the discourses around this production. Thematic ideas that reoccur in this three-day event include art and activism, issues in black performance, and worship and spirituality. Music will weave through the proceedings with featured acts by composer and jazz musician Jason Moran, pianist and educator Geri Allen, trombonist and preacher Craig Harris, and composer and media artist Vijay Iyer (Moran and Iyer are also MacArthur Fellows). Also scheduled are short talks by a selection of contemporary artists working at the intersections of identity, language, and power, including several artists represented in the Guggenheim collection. In addition, Weems will initiate dialogues with a roster of influential and critical thinkers, including Barbara Chase-Riboud, Michaela Angela Davis, Charles Gaines, Theaster Gates, and Deborah Willis. A procession on the Rotunda Floor led by Afro-Cuban artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons with remarks by Weems will conclude this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Daytime programs are free with museum admission; *8 pm program tickets are $35, $30 members, $15 students with valid ID. General admission tickets for the evening programs go on sale March 25 (members-only presale begins March 18). For more information, visit guggenheim.org/weemslive.

Exhibition Video
Sundays–Wednesdays and Fridays through May 14, 1 and 3 pm
Special screening: Saturday, April 26, 1 and 3 pm
Carrie Mae Weems’s Coming Up for Air (2003–04) features a series of unrelated yet linked vignettes that examine human relationships, including those between black men and white women in antebellum New Orleans, quarreling sisters hoping for reconciliation, a child and an adored father, and young idealistic lovers (suggestive of Winnie and Nelson Mandela) before a loss of innocence. Screenings take place in the New Media Theater, located on the museum’s lower level in the Sackler Center for Arts Education.

Free with museum admission. For more information, visit guggenheim.org/filmscreenings.


Lecture Series
In this lively series, distinguished scholars present current research on a range of significant themes, artists, and disciplines within Italian Futurism including: the art and theories of Tactilism; machine aesthetics; and World War I and female Futurist writers and artists.

Touch without Sight: Futurist Tactilism
Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 pm
Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor, Hunter College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, will discuss F. T. Marinetti’s Tactilism and how it stemmed from his personal experiences of trench warfare, the educational methods of Maria Montessori, and contemporary experimental psychology. As always, Marinetti’s creative endeavors had an ideological agenda and his Tactilism was no exception; nor was it intended as merely another form of avant-garde provocation. Instead, his emphasis on touch and its curative effects acknowledged the vulnerability of the “human machine” in the aftermath of World War I.

Ivo Pannaggi, Arte Meccanica, and the International Avant-Garde
Wednesday, May 7, 6:30 pm
In 1922, Ivo Pannaggi and Vinicio Paladini published their “Manifesto of Futurist Mechanical Art” (“Manifesto dell’arte meccanica futurista”), launching postwar Futurist debates on the role of the machine in modern life and art. In this presentation, Christine Poggi, Professor of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, will consider the Futurist cult of the machine as it developed in the 1920s, expanding to include painting, theater design and costumes, advertising, graphics, and architectural decor. Focusing especially on Pannaggi, Poggi situates his Futurist work in relation to international avant-garde movements, including Purism, De Stijl, Constructivism, and the Bauhaus.

War, Women, and Sexuality in the Futurist Avant-Garde
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 pm
Following an introduction of some of the most important Futurist women writers and artists who emerged during World War I and contributed to the journal L’Italia Futurista, Lucia Re, Professor of Italian and Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, will discuss the debate on women’s roles, sexuality, and gender equality that arose in conjunction with the publication of F. T. Marinetti’s How to Seduce Women (Come si seducono le donne, 1917).

$12, $8 members, free students with RSVP. A reception and an exhibition viewing of Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe will follow each lecture. For more information, visit guggenheim.org/futurismlectures.

Italian Futurist Design: From Furniture to Ceramics
Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 pm
In this gallery program, Silvia Barisione, Curator, The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, will explore Futurist design and decorative arts starting from the activity of the case d’arte (art houses) for the creation of furnishings, textiles, toys, and household goods to the Futurist ceramic production sanctioned by the publication of the 1938 manifesto “Ceramica e aereoceramica—Manifesto futurista.”

$15, $10 members, $5 students. For more information, visit guggenheim.org/calendar.

Monday, April 7, 6:30 pm
Wednesday, April 9, 2 pm
For visitors who are blind or have low vision, tours and workshops focused on the Guggenheim’s spring exhibitions are presented through Verbal Description and touch.

April 7: Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video

April 9: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe

Free with RSVP. For more information, visit guggenheim.org/mindseye.

Fridays, 2 pm
Private gallery tours of the museum’s exhibitions led by Guggenheim Museum curators.

March 21, May 16*: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe
Natalia Lauricella, Curatorial Assistant

April 4*, July 18*: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe
Vivien Greene, Senior Curator, 19th- and Early 20th-Century Art

June 27*, August 22*: Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe
Susan Thompson, Assistant Curator

Free with museum admission. *April 4, May 16, June 27, July 18, and August 22 tours will be interpreted in ASL. For more information, visit guggenheim.org/calendar.


William Wegman in conversation with Richard Armstrong
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 pm
In honor of the beloved Robert Rosenblum (1927–2006), former Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of Twentieth-Century Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Henry Ittleson, Jr. Professor of Modern European Art at New York University, the Guggenheim is delighted to present a program featuring the artist William Wegman in conversation with Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, for the Fourth Annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture.

The Annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture series honors the wide-ranging career of Rosenblum, 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.

$18, $15 members, $9 students. For more information, visit guggenheim.org/calendar.


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March 20, 2014

Molly Stewart, Media and Public Relations Associate
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