Guggenheim Museum Presents Recent Additions to the Collection in Lasting Images

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Guggenheim Museum Presents Recent Additions to the Collection in Lasting Images


A Selection of Newly Acquired Contemporary Works Never Before Exhibited in the U.S.


Exhibition:                  Lasting Images
Venue:                       Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
                                  1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
Location:                    Annex Level 5
Dates:                        October 14, 2013–January 10, 2014


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(NEW YORK, NY – January 7, 2014) — From October 14, 2013, through January 10, 2014, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Lasting Images, a focused selection of recent acquisitions from the museum’s growing collection of global contemporary art that will be on view at the museum for the first time. The works, which range in media from film to sculpture to installation, have never been exhibited in the United States and were acquired over the last three years, including two works acquired through the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund. Lasting Images features work by Simryn Gill, Sheela Gowda, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Mona Hatoum, and Doris Salcedo.

The artists included in the exhibition use subtle, often ephemeral forms to suggest nuanced personal or historical narratives. Many of these artists are originally from countries that have witnessed violence and conflict in recent decades, and yet none of the works can be reduced to simple biographical accounts. Each piece functions as a vehicle for individual expression while resonating with universal themes.

Lasting Images presents evocative works such as Salcedo’s delicately rendered A Flor de Piel (2011–13), which balances the poetic and the political in a resolutely minimal form. Composed of hundreds of rose petals that have been painstakingly sewn together by hand, the sculpture has been described by the artist as a response to victims of torture during the civil war in her native Colombia. Hatoum’s Impenetrable (2009) is a suspended cube made of hundreds of taut barbed-wire rods that appears to float in the gallery; its ethereal form belies a foreboding presence.

Other artists in the exhibition—including Hadjithomas and Joreige, Gowda, and Gill—use found images and materials to interweave private and public experience. Hadjithomas and Joreige’s Lasting Images (2003) is a 3-minute video based on Super 8 mm footage that was originally shot in 1985 by Joreige’s uncle, who was kidnapped during the Lebanese Civil War and disappeared. Some fifteen years after its creation the artists developed the film, which by that point had survived a fire and the ravages of war. The resulting short cinematic sequence reveals a series of images that emerge through the whiteness of the damaged film stock, refusing to disappear, as the artists explain. With Loss (2008), Gowda attempts to reconcile the separation between the complexities of Kashmir, an area fraught with violence and uncertainty, and her own mediated experience of the region. For the work, Gowda selected six photographs that were taken by a Kashmiri man who conscientiously recorded the burials of every youth in his village killed in the conflict, documenting the paths along which the bodies were carried to their graves. These images of ordinary streets and paths reveal the deaths as tragically commonplace; the photographs are as much meditations on absence and illegibility as they are documents of life in Kashmir.

In Full Moon (2012), Gill disassembles and re-sequences books from her grandfather’s library, using the pages—which range from technical explanations, economic analyses, and sociopolitical commentaries to fictional narratives and spiritual meditations—as the foundation for circular drawings in various mediums, including ink, gouache, grass pigment, laundry detergent, and correction fluid. Full Moon exemplifies Gill’s practice, defined by her modest interventions into encyclopedic series comprised of dozens of components, in which the smallest gestures, repeated or expanded, become agents of universal meaning.

What links the diverse sculptures, installations, videos, and works on paper in Lasting Images is neither a shared vocabulary of images nor a common set of themes, but a set of strategies that the artists have employed to give material form to ineffable experiences. These works suggest that truly lasting images—those that are most affecting—rarely convey direct messages. Instead, the pieces in this exhibition use ephemeral materials to define spaces for the viewer that invite open-ended contemplation.

Lasting Images is organized by Lauren Hinkson, Assistant Curator, Collections.

Education and Public Programs
For complete information about the range of public programs presented in conjunction with Lasting Images, please visit guggenheim.org/calendar. Highlights include the following:

Guided Tours
Free with museum admission

Curator’s Eye Tour
Friday, December 13, 2 pm
Led by Lauren Hinkson

Public Programs
The Elaine Terner Cooper Education Fund: Conversations with Contemporary Artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
Monday, December 2, 6:30 pm
As both filmmakers and artists, Hadjithomas and Joreige explore latency and power in absent or delayed images to demonstrate the complexities of documenting history. An exhibition viewing and a reception follow. Support for this program is provided by Dr. Lamees Hamdan. $12, $8 members.

About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened in 1997), and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development). Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum. More information about the foundation can be found at guggenheim.org.

VISITOR INFORMATION
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. The Guggenheim app is sponsored by Bloomberg.

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October 10, 2013 (updated January 7, 2014)

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Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Lasting Images, 2003. Color video, transferred from Super 8 mm film, silent, 3 min., edition 3/5. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Purchased with funds contributed by The Guild Art Gallery 2010.30 © Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige.