Fall/Winter Schedule Of Public Programs



(New York, September 14, 2004)—The Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum today announced its schedule of public programs for the period of September 2004 through January 2005. The extensive range of programming includes lecture series, academic symposia, panel discussions, poetry readings, film screenings, performances, and family workshops.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets for lectures are $10 ($7 for members, students, and seniors). For more information, call the Box Office at (212) 423-3587.

The Arts in the Aztec Empire
SAT OCT 16, 10 AM–4 PM
This symposium on the Guggenheim exhibition The Aztec Empire brings together scholars from Mexico and the United States to discuss the role of art in the Aztec world and its impact on Aztec society, economy, education, and politics. Presentations emphasize the daily life of the Aztecs, as well as their ritual practice. Participants: Elizabeth Boone, Tulane University; Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, Museo del Templo Mayor; Esther Pasztory, Columbia University; Michael Smith, State University of New York at Albany; Felipe Solís, Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City and curator, The Aztec Empire; and Richard Townsend, Art Institute of Chicago.

Panel Discussions
Contemporary Readings of the Mexican Past: Reinterpreting the History of Mexican Art
TUES OCT 19 @ 6:30 PM
Mexico's ancient past and its Modern art have been the subject of many international exhibitions. This panel critically examines the evolution of the perception and presentation of Mexico's art and culture through exhibitions of Precolumbian objects and Mexican Modern and contemporary art, ranging from surveys of Precolumbian art in New York in the 1930s to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's monumental exhibition Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries in 1994, as well as more recent contemporary exhibitions. Panelists discuss the construction of often conflicting readings of Mexican art and culture in Mexico and in the United States. Participants: Olivier Debroise, independent curator and critic; Cristina Faesler, independent curator; Néstor García Canclini, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Iztapalapa; and Jeronimo Hagerman, independent curator. Moderated by Mary Coffey.

The Visual Anthropology of Keith Haring
TUES NOV 9 @ 6:30 PM
Art historian Suzi Gablik has described Keith Haring's work as "complex cultural archeology" in a style that she termed "New Wave Aztec." Haring's relationship with ethnographic art has attracted worldwide attention and debate. This panel addresses Haring's artistic practice against the background of the ancient civilizations that directly and indirectly influenced his work and the ways in which he brought new relevance to alternative art models in the New York art world of the 1980s. Panel offered in conjunction with Keith Haring: New Wave Aztec. Participants: Robert Farris Thompson, Yale University; Robert Rosenblum, Guggenheim Museum; and Maarten Van de Guchte, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Moderated by Julia Gruen, Keith Haring Foundation.

Ndabua Isien/Nest of Images: Contemporary Indigenous Mexican Poetry
TUES DEC 14 @ 6:30 PM
This evening provides a rare opportunity to share the work of indigenous poets from Mexico. Readings by Mayan, Zapotec, and Mazatec poets will be translated and read in Spanish by Mónica de la Torre, editor of the Mexican poetry collection Reversible Monuments, and in English by poet and writer Eliot Weinberger. This event emphasizes the varied nature of contemporary indigenous life in Mexico. Participants: Briceida Cuevas Cob, Maya poet; Juan Gregorio Regino, Mazatec poet; and Natalia Toledo, Zapotec poet. Moderated by Mónica de la Torre with Eliot Weinberger.

Conversations With Contemporary Artists
This series features contemporary artists engaging in discussions about their work and current issues in the art world.

Rirkrit Tiravanija
TUES OCT 26 @ 6:30 PM
For Rirkrit Tiravanija, art is primarily a social action that directly engages his audience. His goal is to create lived experiences, not static objects. From preparing Thai meals for gallery-goers to initiating an artist-run communal land reclamation project in Thailand, Tiravanija pursues a radical artistic practice founded on generosity and hospitality.

Gilbert and George
FRI NOV 5 @ 7 PM
In celebration of their new book from Phaidon Press, British artists Gilbert and George discuss how their views on art, life, sex, money, religion, and race have influenced their work. Gilbert and George, who refer to themselves as "living sculptures," met at art school in London in 1967. Sacrificing their own individual identities to art, they have pursued a joint career of consistent iconoclasm, enjoying both popular acclaim and critical hostility. A book signing in the rotunda immediately follows the presentation.

Carlos Amorales
WED NOV 10 @ 6:30 PM
Artist Carlos Amorales transforms traditional and popular Mexican iconography through a distinctive artistic process that blurs the lines between performance, art installation, political action, and popular event.
This event is presented in collaboration with Creative Time and Mexico Now, a program of Arts International. Amorales's work is on view in Times Square from October 1 through December 15, 2004 as part of Creative Time's ongoing series The 59th Minute: Video Art on the NBC Astrovision by Panasonic in Times Square. Visit www.creativetime.org for more information.

Simon Starling
TUES DEC 7 @ 6:30 PM
Simon Starling explores the relationships between craft, material, and technique in his conceptual practice. Part utopian vision, part critical commentary on mass production, Starling's works are often achieved through elaborate performance projects through which he reveals previously unacknowledged, yet potentially plausible, relationships amongst objects across time and continents.

Betsabeé Romero
THUR DEC 9 @ 6:30 PM
Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero considers her artwork "urban anthropology." Romero discusses the legacy of ancient and contemporary cultures and their juxtaposition in her work with scavenged materials such as auto parts.

Good, Better, Best: Perspectives On Connoisseurship
In this high-profile series, renowned art collectors seek to demystify the connoisseurship of Modern and contemporary art by discussing their thought processes and the perspectives they employ in their collections. Each collector shares their personal analysis of what makes a work good, better, or best.

Agnes Gund: The Ones that Got Away: The Ben Heller Collection
WED SEPT 22 @ 6:30 PM
Agnes Gundspeaks about the opportunity she had (and missed) to buy Mr. Heller's collection.

Peter M. Brant: Personal Bests
WED OCT 13 @ 6:30 PM
Peter M. Brant discusses several favorite pieces from The Brant Foundation's collection, which includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel, and Andy Warhol, among others. He elaborates on why each work was selected for the collection, and what in his opinion makes each piece important.

Don and Mera Rubell: Not Afraid: Rubell Family Collection
WED NOV 3 @ 6:30 PM
For husband and wife Don and Mera Rubell, collecting art is "a family affair: everything is done by consensus." The Rubells share their very personal process of selecting and collecting art.

Annual Hilla Rebay Lecture
The Hilla Rebay Lecture brings distinguished scholars to the Guggenheim Museum to examine significant issues in the theory, criticism, and history of art.

Christopher Green: Against the Land: Picasso's Spanish Landscapes of 1909
TUES SEPT 28 @ 6:30 PM
Christopher Green, Professor of Art History at the Courtauld Institute, University of London, discusses how Pablo Picasso painted the Horta landscape differently than the French landscape painted by Georges Braque in the same period. Professor Green explores the role of architecture in these landscapes and the development of Picasso's Cubist paintings over the next few years.

Hilla Rebay Film Screening: U.S. Premiere
The Guggenheim and the Baroness: The Story of Hilla Rebay
A Film by Sigrid Faltin
TUES SEPT 21 @ 6:30 PM
This documentary film presents Hilla Rebay, founding director of the Guggenheim Museum, through her eventful life as artist, curator, and advisor to Solomon R. Guggenheim. Please join Sigrid Faltin, architect Roland von Rebay, Ms. Rebay's nephew, and Karole Vail, curator of the forthcoming exhibition Art of Tomorrow: Hilla Rebay and Solomon R. Guggenheim, for a discussion after the film.

Free tickets are available for both events on the day of the program during regular museum hours on a first-come, first-served basis.

This annual program and film screening are supported by the Hilla von Rebay Foundation.


Tickets for performances are $20 ($15 for members, students, and seniors). For more information, call the Box Office at (212) 423-3587.

Cabaret Prehispánico: Performance by Jesusa Rodríguez
SAT NOV 13 @ 7 PM
Jesusa Rodríguez, one of Mexico's preeminent and most innovative performers, uses indigenous history to explore modern culture. In this special performance developed for the Guggenheim exhibition The Aztec Empire, Rodríguez presents a satirical "Precolumbian cabaret" in which she narrates the story of the Aztec empire and establishes a parallel with the contemporary empire of the U.S. With musical accompaniment by Liliana Felipe, Rodríguez uses the stage to give life to the static sculptures through which we know the Aztecs today.

The work will be performed in Nahuatl, Spanish, and English.

From Aztec to High Tech: A Solo Performance by Guillermo Gómez-Peña
SAT NOV 20 @ 7 PM
In this performance, Guillermo Gómez-Peña is back as a spoken-word brujo-poeta, using multilingualism, humor, and hybrid literary genres as subversive strategies to explore the fear of immigration, the dark side of globalization, the digital divide, censorship, and interracial sexuality. Continually developing multicentric narratives from a border perspective, Gómez-Peña creates what critics have termed "Chicano cyber-punk performances." In his work, cultural borders have moved to the center, while the alleged mainstream is pushed to the margins and treated as exotic and unfamiliar, placing the audience in the position of "foreigner."

Public & Artist Interactions
The Brown Sheep Project: A Performance Art Workshop
THUR and FRI, NOV 18 and 19, 6:30–9:30 PM
Since 1993, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and the Pocha Nostra performance troupe have conducted cross-cultural/cross-disciplinary/cross-generational workshops involving performance artists, actors, dancers, and students from diverse ethnic communities and artistic backgrounds. This two-day educational workshop aimed at emerging artists and cultural leaders sharpens performance and analytical skills in dialogue with like-minded cultural rebels. Participants create a temporary utopian space within a productive relationship between artist and community, promoting aesthetic freedom and cross-cultural dialogue.

Instructor: Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Fee is $75 non-members/$65 members. To register, call (212) 423-3637.

Public & Artist Interactions is supported by the William T. Grant Foundation.

Continuing Education Courses
Learning Photoshop Through Art
WEDS OCT 20, OCT 27, NOV 3, and NOV 10, 6–8:30 PM
This four-session course for adults offers the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the latest version of Adobe Photoshop CS while working on projects inspired by Modern art and architecture. Beginning with an introduction to the basic tools and concepts of this versatile program, this course allows students to develop skills as they complete digital photo projects.

Instructor: Al Doyle, Computer Coordinator at The Town School. $250 ($200 for members). Limited to 9 students. To register, call (212) 423-3637.

Tours are free with museum admission. All tour times are subject to change. For daily schedules, consult the electronic signboard located near the Admission Desk.

A Curatorial Eye
Join Guggenheim Museum curators for tours of current exhibitions.

FRI OCT 29 @ 2 PM Marion Kocot, Project Manager, The Aztec Empire

An Educator's Eye
Join members of the Guggenheim's Education staff for tours and discussions on the current exhibition.

FRI NOV 12 @ 2 PM Ryan Hill, Manager, Adult Interpretive Programs

FRI NOV 19 @ 2 PM Pablo Helguera, Senior Manager, Public Programs

FRI DEC 3 @ 2 PM Sharon Vatsky, Senior Manager, School Programs

FRI DEC 10 @ 2 PM Rebecca Shulman Herz, Manager, Learning Through Art

FRI JAN 7 @ 2 PM Rosanna Flouty, Manager, New Media

DAILY @ 11 AM and 1 and 3 PM
This docent-led tour introduces Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture, the history of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, highlights from the permanent collection, and featured exhibitions.

The Aztec Empire
DAILY @ NOON, 2, 3, and 4 PM
Docent-led tours explore the daily lives and ritual practices of the Aztecs through an examination of their art and cultural artifacts.

For Families
Día de los Muertos: A Family Celebration
SAT OCT 30, 11:30 AM–5:30 PM
Free with ticket obtained at El Museo del Barrio
This special collaboration between El Museo del Barrio and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum invites families to celebrate the ancient Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead. Beginning at El Museo, families learn about this feast which celebrates the cycle of life and death and honors our ancestors. All are invited to participate in educator-led discussions, art and music workshops, and contribute to a communal altar. Then hop on the provided shuttle and head down to the Guggenheim Museum for educator-led tours of the exhibition The Aztec Empire and Cinekids, an entertaining screening of films made for, and sometimes by, children, focusing on stories from Mexico. The festive celebration includes music and refreshments.

Location: El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th St. 11:30 AM–3:00 PM. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th St. 2:30–5:45 PM. Shuttle transportation to the Guggenheim beginning at 2:00 PM from El Museo.

This bilingual program includes free admission to both museums and shuttle transportation. Free admission by ticket only. Tickets distributed at El Museo del Barrio on the day of the event beginning at 11:30 AM. For more information, call (212) 660-7134.

Family Workshops
Life Lines: Finding Inspiration in Keith Haring's Art
SAT OCT 23, 1–4 PM
In conjunction with the exhibition Keith Haring: New Wave Aztec, on view in the Sackler Center, participants focus on the lines and symbols used in Haring's work. The workshop engages participants in viewing and discussing the artist's work and explores various types of lines to create images of importance to family members. Participants transform their drawings into linoleum prints inspired by Haring's work.

Instructor: Wan Ling Li, Art Educator. Open to children ages 7–13 with an adult companion. $15 for one child, plus one free adult ($10 for members' children); $10 per additional adult or child. To register, please call (212) 423-3637.

Codices of the Aztecs
SAT NOV 13, 1–4 PM
During the Aztec Empire, scribes kept records in books called codices. Using elaborately illustrated symbols on bark paper or animal skin, the Aztecs recorded significant occurrences and myths in their codices. Participants examine codices in the exhibition The Aztec Empire, and create codices of their own. Families use natural inks and paints from stones, insects, flowers, and earth, as the Aztecs would have done, along with symbolic imagery and figures, to record important stories about their own life on genuine bark paper.

Instructor: Patricia Miranda, Art Educator. Open to children ages 7–13 with an adult companion. $15 for one child, plus one free adult ($10 for members' children); $10 per additional adult or child. To register, please call (212) 423-3637.

Aztec Animals and Animation
SATS DEC 4 and 11, 2–4 PM
Participants explore the symbolism and form within the clay animal figures exhibited in The Aztec Empire. In the first session, families investigate the exhibition, create their own clay animals, and take digital photos of their creations, used in the second session to create an animated iMovie.

Instructors: Jessica Wright, Education Manager, School Programs; Rosanna Flouty, Manager for New Media; Reynolds Tenazas-Norman, Learning Through Art Teaching Artist. Open to children ages 7–13 with an adult companion. $15 for one child, plus one free adult ($10 for members' children); $10 per additional adult or child. To register, please call (212) 423-3637.

Betsabeé Romero: Printmaking Workshop
SUN DEC 12, 1–4 PM
Artist Betsabeé Romero uses auto parts as a primary material to explore notions about Mexican culture in a process she calls "urban anthropology." Juxtaposing the ancient and the modern, she works with design motifs from The Aztec Empire to conduct a printmaking workshop using the car tire as a sculptural medium. The workshop encourages families to reflect on the ways in which the legacy of ancient cultures coexsists with the contemporary urban environment in cosmopolitan cities like New York. Based in Mexico City, Romero's work has been featured in many international biennials and exhibitions.

Instructor: Betsabeé Romero. Open to children ages 7–13 with an adult companion. $15 for one child, plus one free adult ($10 for members' children); $10 per additional adult or child. To register, please call (212) 423-3637.

Aztec Family Days
SUNS NOV 14, DEC 12, JAN 9, and FEB 13 @ 1 and 2 PM
Reduced admission on Aztec Family Days is $18 for families with children under 18 and up to two adults, including free family highlights tours of The Aztec Empire. Children with adult companions are welcome to explore the exhibition and to participate in creative writing, movement exercises, and other gallery activities to make connections with works of art. Please meet your educator at the information desk upon arrival.

Bilingual Audio Tour
A family-oriented Spanish/English audio tour of selected works in The Aztec Empire is available daily for $5. Tour produced by Antenna Audio.

Family Holiday Benefit: The Nutcracker
MON DEC 6 @ 5 PM
The entire family will enjoy excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s classic and much beloved George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM. New York City Ballet dancers perform. Family activities and festive holiday treats follow the performance in the museum's rotunda. Tickets to this benefit are sold exclusively through the Membership Department. Please contact (212) 423-3535.

For Students and Educators

For Students
Art After School at the Guggenheim
TUES OCT 19–DEC 7, 4–6:15 PM
Get to know the museum's Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and the permanent collection. Classes are held in the Sackler Center for Arts Education, with visits to the current exhibitions, including The Aztec Empire, incorporated into each session. Children participate in interactive gallery visits followed by hands-on studio-art workshops. Led by museum educators, participants experiment with techniques from collage to digital media in individual and team projects. The program culminates with a showcase where students invite their families to view the work they have created. To ensure individual attention, this program is limited to 15 participants.

Open tochildren ages 8–11. Tuition for this 8-week program is $275 ($250 for members’ children). For information or to register call (212) 423-3637.

Keith Haring: New Wave Aztec
Flash-Based High School After-School Program
MONS, OCT 25–DEC 6, 3:45–6 PM
Public Presentation: WED DEC 8, 5–7 PM
After viewing the exhibition The Aztec Empire, students explore original drawings and prints that illustrate artist Keith Haring's interest in ancient art traditions. As participants develop their own image-based vocabulary, they learn how to use Flash MX to animate line-based drawings for the Web.

Open to high school students ages 14–18. $35 fee includes all materials. Call Rosanna Flouty, Education Manager for New Media at (212) 423-3532 for an application.

For Educators
Open House for Educators
WED OCT 20, 3:30–6:30 PM
As the school year begins, join us for an afternoon of looking, learning, and mingling with colleagues.
· Tour The Aztec Empire and learn about upcoming programs
· Receive curriculum materials
· Meet the Education Department staff
· Enjoy a wine and cheese reception in the Sackler Center for Arts Education
RSVP to the Education Coordinator at (212) 423-3637 or e-mail education@guggenheim.org by October 15.

Educator's Workshops
The Arts and Culture of Mexico: A Two-Part Workshop for Teachers
Through this collaboration between El Museo del Barrio and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, educators are invited to a two-part workshop to learn about the ancient culture and traditions of Mexico.

Part 1: Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Workshop
SAT OCT 2, 1–3 PM
Join artists, educators, and folklorists to learn about the history and traditions of the Day of the Dead feasts held annually on November 1 and 2. Through discussion and hands-on activities, explore the rich meaning and symbolism of the Day of the Dead and how the tradition is observed throughout various parts of Mexico and the U.S. Participants receive curriculum materials and visuals for use in the classroom.

Location: El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th St. Fee: $20; $15 if attending both workshops. To register, call (212) 660-7134.

Part 2: The Aztec Empire: Materials and Methods for the Classroom
WED NOV 3, 3:30–6 PM
Participants learn about Aztec culture and rituals through experimentation with different methods and materials. Create clay reliefs, codices, and mosaic masks that simulate objects from Aztec life. This workshop provides hands-on experience within several media, as well as suggestions for incorporating Aztec culture into classroom curriculum.

Location: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Instructor: Joanne Wasti, Coordinator of Studio Art Lab. Fee: $20; $15 if attending both workshops. To register, call (212) 423-3637.

Aztecs: Art that Reveals a Civilization
WED NOV 17, 3:30–6 PM
Using the Guggenheim exhibition The Aztec Empire, educators explore the Aztec culture through its rich objects. Viewing this exhibition suggests themes including government, religion, military, calendars, and everyday life. Participants explore the artwork of these ancient cultures through writing and discussion activities in the galleries. Educators brainstorm curriculum connections and develop lesson plans.

Instructor: Jessica Wright, Education Manager, School Programs, Guggenheim Museum. Fee is $20 per educator. To register, call (212) 423-3637.

Aztecs and Haring: Symbols and Communication across the Ages
WED DEC 1, 3:30–5:30 PM
Throughout history symbols and signs have been used to communicate. Educators examine symbolic imagery within the Guggenheim exhibitions The Aztec Empire and Keith Haring: New Wave Aztec while participating in activities in the galleries. The two exhibitions illustrate the use of symbols for communication in different time periods. Educators use these themes and ideas to make curriculum connections to meet their needs in the classroom.
Instructor: Jessica Wright, Education Manager, School Programs. Fee is $20 per educator. To register, call (212) 423-3637.

Works & Process
For information on the Works & Process at the Guggenheim fall season, please see the related press release from September 1.

The Sackler Center for Arts Education is a gift of the Mortimer D. Sackler Family.

Educational activities are made possible by The Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund, The Engelberg Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.


September 14, 2004

Jennifer Russo
Public Affairs
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Telephone: (212) 423.3840


Press images

Press Images

Download high resolution, press-approved images.

contact us

Have a media inquiry? Contact us for more information.