Guggenheim Schedule of Exhibitions through 2014
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GUGGENHEIM SCHEDULE OF EXHIBITIONS THROUGH 2014
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Robert Motherwell: Early Collages
September 27, 2013–January 5, 2014
Devoted exclusively to papier collés and related works on paper from the 1940s and early 1950s by Robert Motherwell, this exhibition features nearly sixty artworks and examines the American artist’s origins and his engagement with collage. The exhibition also honors Peggy Guggenheim’s early patronage of the artist. At her urging, and under the tutelage of émigré Surrealist artist Matta, Motherwell first experimented with the papier collé technique. He recalled years later: “I might never have done it otherwise, and it was here that I found . . . my ‘identity.’” By cutting, tearing, and layering pasted papers, Motherwell reflected the tumult and violence of the modern world, establishing him as an essential and original voice in postwar American art. Motherwell initially produced both figural and abstract collages, but by the early 1950s Surrealist influences prevalent in these first works had given way to his distinctive mature style, which was firmly rooted in Abstract Expressionism. Robert Motherwell: Early Collages is on view at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, through September 8, 2013, before traveling to its second and final venue, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, September 27, 2013–January 5, 2014. This exhibition is organized by Susan Davidson, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. This exhibition is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art with additional funding from the Dedalus Foundation, Inc. The Leadership Committee for Robert Motherwell: Early Collages is gratefully acknowledged for its support, including Gilbert and Shelley Harrison, Dorothy and Sidney Kohl, and Louisa Stude Sarofim.
Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab
October 11, 2013–January 5, 2014
From 2011 to 2013, the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a mobile think tank for exploring urban life, traveled to New York, Berlin, and Mumbai to inspire innovative ideas for urban design and new ways of thinking about cities. To sum up the major themes and ideas that emerged during this two-year global journey, the Guggenheim Museum will present the exhibition Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab, on view from October 11, 2013 to January 5, 2014. Participatory City features 100 of the key trends published in the New York, Berlin, and Mumbai editions of 100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab, each illustrated by contributions from a global roster of architects, academics, designers, and artists, as well as Lab programs and projects. The exhibition will represent the trends in an exclusively digital installation through drawings, sketches, short videos, and renderings. Participatory City also will showcase the Lab’s architects, graphic designers, and Lab Team members, and a selection of contributors who helped bring the Lab to life on three continents. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public programs exploring architecture, urbanism, and the ways in which people interact with cities and public space. The BMW Guggenheim Lab is curated by Maria Nicanor, Associate Curator, Architecture, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a co-initiative of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the BMW Group.
October 25, 2013–January 22, 2014
At the heart of Christopher Wool’s oeuvre, which spans three decades of highly focused practice, is the question of how a picture can be conceived, realized, and experienced today. Engaging the complexities of painting as a medium, as well as the rhythms of the urban environment and a wide range of cultural references, his largely monochrome works propose an open-ended series of responses to these central concerns. This retrospective will fill the museum’s rotunda and an adjacent gallery with a selection of paintings, photographs, and works on paper, forming the most comprehensive examination to date of Wool’s career. The exhibition is organized by Katherine Brinson, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. This exhibition is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation. The Leadership Committee for Christopher Wool is gratefully acknowledged for its support.
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.
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, Curator, 19th- and Early 20th-Century Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In addition, an eminent international advisory committee provided expertise and guidance.
Countdown to Tomorrow: The International ZERO Network, 1950s–60s
October 2014–January 2015
Countdown to Tomorrow: The International ZERO Network, 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. Countdown to Tomorrow 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 that comprise these artists’ shared history and artistic strategies. 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 transnational vision advanced by the network of artists formed during this pivotal decade in the history of art. The exhibition is being developed by the Guggenheim Museum, the ZERO Foundation, and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life
Fall 2014–Winter 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, Adjunct Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
CURRENTLY ON VIEW
Through September 25, 2013
James Turrell’s first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980 focuses on the artist’s groundbreaking explorations of perception, light, color, and space, with a special focus on the role of site-specificity in his practice. At its core is a major new project, Aten Reign (2013), that recasts the Guggenheim rotunda as an enormous volume filled with shifting artificial and natural light. One of the most dramatic transformations of the museum ever conceived, the installation reimagines Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic architecture—its openness to nature, graceful curves, and magnificent sense of space—as one of Turrell’s Skyspaces, referencing in particular his magnum opus the Roden Crater Project (1979– ). Other works from throughout the artist’s career are on view in the museum’s Annex Level galleries and High Gallery, offering a complement and counterpoint to the new work in the rotunda. Organized in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, James Turrell represents one-third of a major retrospective exhibition spanning the United States during summer 2013. This exhibition is curated by Carmen Giménez, Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of 20th-Century Art, and Nat Trotman, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The Leadership Committee for James Turrell is gratefully acknowledged for its generous support, including Lisa and Richard Baker, Pace Gallery, Almine Rech Gallery, Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, 425 Park Avenue/Simone and David W. Levinson, and those who wish to remain anonymous. Additional support is provided by the Affirmation Arts Fund.
New Harmony: Abstraction between the Wars, 1919–1939
Through September 8, 2013
New Harmony: Abstraction between the Wars, 1919–1939 explores a particularly rich facet of the Guggenheim’s twentieth-century collection, celebrating the spirited trends in abstraction embraced among international artists working in Europe between the World Wars. The exhibition—titled for a 1936 Paul Klee painting of utopian geometry that reflects the artist’s interest in color theory and musical composition—features approximately forty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by some twenty artists, including Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia, and Joaquín Torres-García. New Harmony: Abstraction between the Wars, 1919–1939 is organized by Tracey Bashkoff, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Kandinsky in Paris, 1934–1944
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 1,200 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.
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