Guggenheim Museum Announces Fall/Winter Schedule of Public Programs

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(New York, September 5, 2006) – The Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum announced its schedule of public programs for the period of September 2006 through January 2007. The extensive range of programming includes lectures, panel discussions, performances, curator and artist talks, adult education courses, family days, and workshops for students and educators.

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

Frank Lloyd Wright and Mexico

THUR SEPT 7 @ 6:30 PM

In conjunction with the Celebrate México Now Festival, scholars explore the impact of Prehispanic Mexico on Frank Lloyd Wright and the influence of Wright on Mexican modernism.

Participants: Miguel Adria, architect and author; Luis Carranza, Associate Professor of Architecture, Roger Williams University; Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

A Conversation with Annie Proulx and Brigid Hughes

THUR SEPT 12 @ 6:30 PM

Pollock’s first solo show, at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century gallery in 1943, publicized a “Young Man from Wyoming.” Brigid Hughes, founder and editor of the literary magazine A Public Space, and Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Shipping News and “Brokeback Mountain,” discuss the West as regional and cultural space.

Zaha Hadid

WED SEPT 20 @ 6:30 PM

Pritzker Prize–winning architect Zaha Hadid discusses her work.

Mixing Fontana: Ensemble Dissonanzen

SAT OCT 14 @ 7:30 PM

This concert program features pieces influenced and inspired by Fontana, including compositions by John Cage, Claudio Lugo (inspired by Goffredo Petrassi), Bruno Maderna, Luigi Nono, and Nicola Sani, performed by guitarist Marco Cappelli, pianist Ciro Longobardi, saxophonist Claudio Lugo, flautist Tommaso Rossi, and narrator Enzo Salonone.

This concert is sponsored by Regione Campania and Regione del Veneto. Hotel accomodations provided by the Jolly Hotel Madison Towers. The museum graciously thanks the Italian Cultural Institute for their assistance. $24 ($20 members and seniors, $15 students).

Zaha Hadid: Drawn into Space

TUE OCT 24 @ 6:30 PM

Lebbeus Woods, co-founder and scientific director of the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture (RIEA), speaks about Zaha Hadid’s process of experimental drawing in the context of architectural theory and contemporary practice.

Marc Chagall and the Lost Jewish World

TUE DEC 12 @ 6:30 PM

Benjamin Harshav, Professor of Comparative Literature and Hebrew Language and Literature at Yale University, unravels Marc Chagall’s famous depictions of the lost world of the Jewish shtetl, including his legendary Yiddish Art Theater murals in Moscow and several Guggenheim collection works, including Green Violinist and Paris Through the Window. A book-signing follows.

Picasso: Future Past

TUE DEC 19 @ 6:30 PM

Picasso scholar, curator of The Frick Collection, and author of Picasso’s Variations on the Masters: Confrontations with the Past Susan Grace Galassi examines Picasso’s intensely original interpretations of traditional motifs from the history of Spanish painting.


Stephen Eisenman: The Abu Ghraib Effect: Images of Pathos from Pergamon to Picasso

TUE OCT 3 @ 6:30 PM

From the ancient Pergamon Altar to the photographs of torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, images of conquered figures embracing their own deaths pervade visual culture. However, there also exists a tradition in modern art—including works by Pablo Picasso, Ben Shahn, Leon Golub, Gillo Pontecorvo, and others—that subverts this oppressive paradigm. This lecture addresses the nature of the opposition and the political stakes for those involved. This program is free, and tickets are available on the day of the lecture on a first-come, first-served basis. This annual program is made possible through the generosity of the Hilla von Rebay Foundation.

Curator & Artist Talks

Show and Tell

TUE OCT 17 @ 6:30 PM

Activists Tara Mateik, founder of the Society for Biological Insurgents, and the Yes Men, an “identity correction” collective, speak about their use of “disinformation” and tactical media as an attempt to shift balances of power.

Organized by Marisa Olson, Editor and Curator, Rhizome is a leading new media arts organization, and an affiliate of the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

John G. Hanhardt and Francesc Torres

WED NOV 8 @ 6:30 PM

Acclaimed multimedia artist Francesc Torres and John G. Hanhardt, Senior Curator of Film and Media Arts, discuss power, politics, and history, as seen through feature films and Torres’s installations.

Luca Massimo Barbero and Richard Tuttle

TUE DEC 5 @ 6:30 PM

Luca Massimo Barbero, curator of Lucio Fontana: Venice/New York, and American artist Richard Tuttle discuss punctuation in time and space and other visual concepts.

Good, Better, Best: Perspectives on Connoisseurship

WEDS @ 6:30 PM

Now in its fourth season, this high-profile series turns to artists for an examination of creativity and judgment. Sharing personal views of what makes a work good, better, or best, Laurie Anderson, Jeff Koons, and Hiroshi Sugimoto discuss how they judge works of art, their process from sketch to finished piece, and how they choose which of their own works to keep for their personal collections.

OCT 4 Jeff Koons

DEC 6 Laurie Anderson

JAN 31 Hiroshi Sugimoto

Elaine Terner Cooper Education Fund: Conversations with Contemporary Artists

WEDS @ 6:30 PM

The current series features artists newly acquired into the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum collection presenting their work and discussing current issues in the art world.

DEC 13 Elliott Hundley

Combining painting, drawing, and collage, Hundley creates fantastical worlds full of cryptic imagery and allegorical meaning.

MAR 21 Kristin Baker

Baker’s large-scale abstractions evoke speed, beauty, and violence.

APR 18 Candice Breitz

In her video installations, Breitz appropriates images of popular culture in a dark and humorous way in order to confront stereotypes and challenge visual conventions.

Adult Education Courses
Contemporary Art in a Global Context

Section 1: WEDS, OCT 18, 25, AND NOV 1, 6–7:30 PM

Highlighting social mobility, technological advancements, and the development of sophisticated communication systems, this series traces the development of international artistic styles since 1960, from Pop to performance.

Section 2: TUES, NOV 7, 14, AND 21, 4:30–6 PM

Examining the political and economic forces that have shaped international styles from the 1980s to the present, this series contextualizes the role of professional art schools, biennales, art fairs, and critics in creating a global ideas exchange.

Instructor: Renée Vara, Adjunct Professor, New York University.

Save 20% when you register for both sections: $240 ($190 for members). Each section: $150 ($120 for members). To register, call (212) 423-3587.

Learning Photoshop Through Art

This popular four-session course for adults, available on both Mac and PC platforms, provides an introduction to the tools and basic concepts of Adobe Photoshop while working on projects inspired by modern art and architecture, digital photography, and more.

Learning Photoshop Through Art on a Mac

WEDS OCT 18, 25, NOV 1, AND 8, 6–8:30 PM

Instructor: Al Doyle.

Learning Photoshop Through Art on a PC

THURS OCT 26, NOV 2, 9, AND 16, 6–8:30 PM

Instructor: Hilarie Goodenough.

Limited to 9 students. $250 ($200 for members). To register, or to hear new listings, call (212) 360-4260.

Gallery Talks

Talks are free with museum admission. All 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. Tours held on the following Tuesdays @ 11 AM.

No Limits, Just Edges: Jackson Pollock Paintings on Paper

SEPT 12 AND 26: Robin Kaye Goodman, Curatorial Assistant

SEPT 19: Susan Davidson, Curator

Lucio Fontana: Venice/New York

OCT 24: Karole Vail, Assistant Curator

DEC 5: Luca Massimo Barbero, Associate Curator, Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History

DEC 12: Nat Trotman, Curatorial Assistant

An Educator’s Eye

Join members of the Guggenheim’s education staff for interactive discussions of current exhibitions. Talks held on the following Fridays @ 2 PM.

SEPT 22: Kim Kanatani, Gail Engelberg Director of Education

OCT 6: Sharon Vatsky, Senior Manager for School Programs

OCT 20 AND DEC 15: Mayrav Fisher, Manager for On-site School Programs

Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History


Starting November 17, this special exhibition talk focuses on key Spanish artists’ distinctive interpretations of history, religion, mythology, and everyday life.



This docent-led tour provides highlights from Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, the history of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the permanent collection, and current exhibitions.

Painting, Place, and Time

FRI DEC 8 @ 11 AM

Consider the concepts embedded in Lucio Fontana: Venice/New York with Christina Yang, Senior Manager of Public Programs.

For Families
$15 per family ($10 for members, FREE for Family Members). To register, call (212) 423-3587.

Second Sundays at the Guggenheim

10:30 AM–NOON

Join interactive, family-oriented tours highlighting the Guggenheim’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Tours focus on a different theme each month and include conversation, drawing, and readings from related children’s literature. Some programs include a studio workshop in the museum’s Sackler Center.

OCT 8: Buildings and Structures

NOV 12: Splatter, Smear, Poke, and Puncture—That’s Art!

DEC 10: People and Places

Limited to 18 people. For children ages 5–10 and their adult friends and family.

Build into Photoshop!

SAT OCT 21, 2–4:30 PM

Learn how drawing informs Zaha Hadid’s process. Children and their adult companions create sketches of the Guggenheim rotunda and imaginary buildings based on Hadid’s work, then import and distort their images in Adobe Photoshop.

Instructor: Tom Brydelsky.

Limited to 20 people. Open to children ages 7–13 with an adult companion.

Fall Family Day

SUN DEC 3, 1–4 PM

Take a trip to Spain with your family! Join us for an exciting afternoon of activities and performances for all ages, inspired by the exhibition Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History. Explore the culture of Spain while using your imagination to create your own art.

This program is designed for families with children ages 5–12. No reservation necessary. Tickets are unlimited and will be available at the admissions desk on the day of the program.

For Children
Art After School at the Guggenheim

Fall 2006: 8 TUES: OCT 17, 24, NOV 7, 14, 21, 28, DEC 5, AND 12, 4–6:15 PM

Spring 2007: 8 TUES: MAR 6, 13, 20, 27, APR 17, 24, MAY 1, AND 8, 4–6:15 PM

Afternoons are filled with discovery and fun for kids as they tour the museum’s spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright–designed architecture and explore the collection of modern and contemporary art as well as special exhibitions. Children experiment with techniques from painting to digital media in individual and team projects. The program culminates with a showcase for families.

Open to children ages 8–11. $275 ($250 for members). Fee includes all art materials, snacks, a family pass, and a CD-ROM documenting the program. This program is limited to 15 participants. Sign up for one or two semesters; save 10% when you book the fall and spring together. For more information or to register, call (212) 423-3637.

For Teens
Re: Frank Lloyd Wright

MONS OCT 16, 23, 30, NOV 6, 13, 20, 27, AND DEC 4, 3:45–6 PM; PUBLIC PRESENTATION: WED DEC 6 @ 5 PM

This eight-week digital after-school program focuses on the relationship between film and modern architecture, including a look at rare footage taken of Frank Lloyd Wright during the construction of the Guggenheim Museum. Participants create their own architectural responses and present them to friends and family.

Instructor: Elliott Maltby.

Open to high-school students ages 14–18. No prior experience necessary. Call (212) 423-3532 for an application.

For Educators
Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $25 per person ($20 for members). For more information, call (212) 423-3637.

Architecture Teaching Workshop

WED OCT 18, 3:30–6:30 PM

Educators learn strategies for effective teaching of architecture and design by examining the work of Zaha Hadid and Frank Lloyd Wright, and then participate in a hands-on workshop focused on creating a design for a new museum.

Instructors: Sharon Vatsky, Senior Education Manager and Mayrav Fisher, Manager of School Programs.

Learning Through the Web

WED NOV 15, 3:30–6:30 PM

Educators start in the Guggenheim’s galleries and end in its virtual galleries. Learn how to use our exciting new Web site,, to teach everything from literacy to social studies to science. Participants receive curriculum materials.

Instructor: Jackie Delamatre, Web site co-creator and museum educator.

Open House for Educators

MON NOV 27, 3:30–6:30 PM

Join us for an afternoon of looking, learning, and mingling with colleagues. Tour Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History and learn about upcoming programs. Receive curriculum materials and meet the Education Department staff.

FREE! RSVP by November 22 to (212) 360-4231 or e-mail

Back by Popular Demand!

Creative Writing Through Art

THUR DEC 7, 3:30–6 PM

Educators explore ways in which artwork can be used to strengthen their students’ poetry and prose. Discover techniques for helping students immerse themselves in artwork and use that immersion to develop writing skills. Participants receive curriculum materials.

Instructor: Jackie Delamatre, writer and museum educator.

Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History—A Thematic Approach

WED DEC 13, 3:30–6 PM

Educators explore exhibition themes through discussion, writing, and gallery activities, then learn classroom applications related to teaching art, social studies, and language arts.

Instructors: Sharon Vatsky, Senior Education Manager and Mayrav Fisher, Manager of School Programs.

Works & Process
For information on the Works & Process at the Guggenheim fall season, please see the related press release from July 24.

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, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Esther Simon Charitable Trust, and the Museum’s Education Committee.

September 5, 2006

Leily Soleimani / Nora Fussner
Public Affairs
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Telephone: (212) 423-3840

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