Sackler Center Spring Programs

Sackler Center Spring Programs


Collaborative Lecture Series with the Louvre Museum; Conversations with Contemporary Artists, Architects, and Educators, Including Janine Antoni, Christo, Stephen Jay Gould, Jean Nouvel, and Alexis Rockman; Scholarly Symposia and Workshops

NEW YORK, NY—March 2002—The Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum, a new interactive media facility and learning laboratory dedicated to exploring the museum's collections and exhibitions, as well as Modern and contemporary art in general, presents a full roster of varied educational programs in the spring of 2002. The programs range from a collaborative lecture series with the Louvre in Paris, to conversations with noted artists, architects, and educators.

The following programs are presented in the Peter B. Lewis Theater or the New Media Theater of The Sackler Center for Arts Education and are free with museum admission, unless otherwise noted. To purchase tickets, the public should contact the box office by phone at (212) 423-3587, or by email at

Lectures And Symposia
Conversations with Contemporary Artists
This series features contemporary artists in engaging discussions about their work and current issues in the art world. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for members, seniors, and students.

Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at 7 pm
Janine Antoni
Artist Janine Antoni is renowned for combining stereotypically feminine materials like chocolate, hair dye, and mascara with offbeat techniques like sculpting with her teeth, painting with her hair, and drawing with her eyelashes. In foregrounding the traces of her own body in the art she creates, Antoni uncovers the social pressures that shape self-image.

Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at 7 pm
Alexis Rockman and Peter Ward
Painter Alexis Rockman and geologist Peter Ward engage in a dialogue about their recently published book Future Evolution: An Illuminated History of Life to Come. Rockman discusses his work in terms of his career-long interest in visualizing the future. They are joined in the discussion by Robert Rosenblum, Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of 20th-Century Art, Guggenheim Museum.

Noontime Slide Talk
Friday, March 22, 2002, at 12 pm
Transcultural Dimensions in Brazilian Art Over Time and SpaceJoin Latin American-art specialist and independent curator Julia Herzberg, Ph.D. in the New Media Theater of The Sackler Center for Arts Education for a free, informal slide discussion on the various influences of European, African, and Amerindian cultures on Brazilian Modernism.

The Total Work of Art, a collaboration between the Louvre and the Guggenheim
The Total Work of Art, or Gesamtkunstwerk, refers to the complete integration of music, art, architecture, poetry, and drama into a spectacle grander than the sum of its parts. This series is a collaboration organized by Jean Galard, Chief of Cultural Services of the Louvre Museum, Paris, and Julian Zugazagoitia, Executive Assistant to the Director, Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Programs take place on select Tuesdays at 7 pm in the Peter B. Lewis Theater of The Sackler Center for Arts Education. Each program is followed by a question-and-answer session. Tickets are $10 ($7 for members, students, and seniors), or subscribe to the series (6 lectures) for $36.

Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 7 pm
Serge Gruzinski: The First Globalization
Historian and Directeur d'Etudes à l'Ecole Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, Serge Gruzinski analyzes the colonization of the Americas as the first example of globalization and the works of art produced in these colonies as the first cultural hybrids.

Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 7 pm
Marcela Lista: Breaking Apart the Gesamtkunstwerk
Marcela Lista, Associate Professor at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, examines relationships between the avant-garde and popular culture during the 20th century through different attempts to renovate Total Art.

Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 7 pm
Jean Nouvel: All-Encompassing Architecture
Jean Nouvel, a leading French architect, discusses his practice as a way of conceiving Total Environments: design that creates harmony between site, surroundings, and inhabitants.

Tuesday, May 7, 2002 at 7 pm
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York, and Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, Colorado
Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude present an overview of collaborations and discuss their two current works in progress in detail.

Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 7 pm
Shoja Azari, Sussan Deyhim, and Shirin Neshat: Collaborations and Process
A work in progress by writer and filmmaker Shoja Azari; artist, composer, and sound designer Sussan Deyhim; and visual artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat, "The Logic of the Birds" is the first collective work by a team originally assembled for one of Neshat's projects. The group discusses the experience of working on the project and their working methods.

Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 7pm
Jean Galard: The Art without Works
Jean Galard, philosopher and Head of Cultural Services at the Louvre Museum, Paris, discusses artistic expressions that do not materialize as realized artworks.

The Total Work of Art lecture series is sponsored by The Florence Gould Foundation, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and AFAA—French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Museum As Medium: New Approaches to Experience and Interpretation
Saturday, May 11, 2002, 10 am–4 pm
Museums in the 20th century have been shaped by the vision of contemporary artists, curators, and educators who have engaged various strategies for communicating with audiences. This two-part international symposium will be a dynamic exploration of the contemporary art museum as a tool for learning, dialogue, and critical thought. Particular areas of focus will include artistic and museum practices related to collecting and found objects, the museum environment, and the crossing of physical and theoretical boundaries of the art institution.

The first part of the symposium takes place in Mexico City on April 27 at the Centro Nacional de las Artes; the Guggenheim Museum in New York hosts the concluding half. Tickets are $10 ($7 for members, students, and seniors).


Mexico City:
Keynote Speaker: James Putnam, Curator, Contemporary Arts and Cultures Program, British Museum; Lynne Cooke, Curator, Dia Center for the Arts; Abraham Cruzvillegas, Artist; James Elkins, Professor, Department of Art History and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Andrea Fraser, Artist; Antonio Muntadas, Artist; Cornelia Parker, Artist; Osvaldo Sanchez, Independent critic and curator, Mexico City; Fred Wilson, Artist; Julian Zugazagoitia, Executive Assistant to the Director, Guggenheim Museum.

New York:
Keynote Speaker: Stephen Jay Gould, Author and Professor of Geology and Zoology, Harvard University; Francis Alÿs, Artist; Marco Barrera Bassols, Director, Museum of Natural History, Mexico City; Norton Batkin, Director of the Graduate Program, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies; Barbara Bloom, Artist; Abraham Cruzvillegas, Artist; Michael Fehr, Curator; Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Artist; Christine Hill, Artist; Allan McCollum, Artist; James Putnam, Curator, Contemporary Arts and Cultures Program, British Museum; Osvaldo Sanchez, Independent critic and curator, Mexico City; Nancy Spector, Curator of Contemporary Art, Guggenheim Museum; Gregory Volk, Independent critic and curator; Fred Wilson, Artist.

This program is sponsored by the U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, the Centro Nacional de las Artes, and the Consejo Nacional para las Artes in Mexico.

Public/Arist Interaction
This new initiative engages artists as collaborative partners in developing innovative educational offerings inspired by current exhibitions and their own work. The following programs are free to the public and begin in the New Media Theater of The Sackler Center for Arts Education. Enter via the 88th Street ramp.

Monday, March 18, 2002, at 7 pm
Art in a Networked Space
New-media artist Mark Napier illustrates the underlying social implications of Web browsers and networked environments with past projects including P-Soup, Shredder, Feed, as well as a new Guggenheim-commissioned work, net.flag. The audience has an opportunity to interact with net.flag in The Sackler Center Computer Lab. Napier's projects have been featured in online and offline exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; and at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at 7 pm
Collecting the Uncollectable
What are the implications of buying and selling software-based artwork? Join artists John Klima, Mark Napier, John F. Simon Jr. and new-media consultant Michele Thursz in a discussion of new business models for artists working in digital media.

Monday, May 6, 2002, at 7 pm
Reflections on a Residency: An Interactive Multi-User Art Screening
By transforming the Computer Lab into a multi-user networked environment, Napier offers a rare opportunity to experiment with a new interactive Web project, which he created during his three-month residency in The Sackler Center. Participants may contribute to an onsite testing of his artwork and provide the artist with real-time feedback.

Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at 7 pm
Coding as Creative Writing
New York-based artist John Simon elucidates his process of using computer programming as a type of creative writing. In conjunction with the launch of Unfolding Object at, Simon demonstrates the infinite possibilities of programming with samples of his code. Simon's artistic concerns center on the creative and expressive potential of computer languages. His work is in several permanent collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

March 5, 2002

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