Affinity Groups

Affinity groups provide critical support for specialized areas of the Guggenheim, including new curatorial acquisitions, conservation of the collection, and diverse education programs. Members of these by-invitation groups have a strong appreciation for art and desire to advance the museum’s mission. Through a series of engaging behind-the-scenes programs, members have the opportunity to learn from and build relationships with the museum’s esteemed curators and specialists.

Ryan Trecartin, I-Be Area, 2007

Ryan Trecartin, I-Be Area, 2007. Digital color video, with sound, 128 min., edition 8/8, dimensions variable. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Purchased with funds contributed by Dimitris Daskalopoulos and Bill and Charlotte Ford 2008.10. © Ryan Trecartin

Collections Council

The Collections Council is the museum’s premiere acquisitions group that works in close collaboration with the director and chief curator. By providing overarching strategic support for building the museum’s holdings, the Council charts the future of the collection, and makes significant acquisitions of its own. Members are asked to provide important guidance to ensure that the museum has the leadership and resources necessary to pursue acquisitions of the highest quality in all media, from the historic to contemporary, both locally and globally.

Membership is by invitation. For more information, please contact Halsey Stebbins at or 212 360 4241.

International Director's Council

International Director's Council Members enjoy a private tour of 11.11.11 by Adam McEwen at Gagosian Gallery.

International Director's Council

The International Director's Council (IDC) is devoted to expanding and strengthening the museum’s contemporary collection in all media. Founded in 1995, the IDC is comprised of art collectors from around the world who share a commitment to the museum’s mission, which includes acquiring and preserving a collection that reflects the most important aesthetic achievements of 20th and 21st century visual culture. In return for their generous support, IDC members enjoy an exclusive week of high-level programming in New York twice annually, as well as invitations to other activities throughout the year in New York and around the world.

For more information on this by-invitation group, please contact Halsey Stebbins at or 212 360 4241.

Untitled 5 (from D Series), 2008

Untitled 5 (from D Series), 2008 (printed 2010). Inkjet print, edition 1/6, image: 21 15/16 x 32 7/16 inches (55.7 x 82.4 cm); sheet: 29 1/2 x 40 3/8 inches (74.9 x 102.6 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Purchased with funds contributed by the Photography Committee, 2009.58. © 2008 Tarek Al-Ghoussein

Photography Committee

The Photography Committee is a specialized acquisitions committee comprised of collectors from around the country with a shared dedication to photography, film, and video. Committee members meet with curators twice a year to discuss potential acquisitions and have an opportunity to vote on selections. Acquisitions are geared toward building and strengthening the museum’s holdings of contemporary photography and new media by artists both established and newly emerging.

For more information on this by-invitation group, please contact Halsey Stebbins at or 212 360 4241.

Conservation Committee

Guggenheim Conservation Council meeting, March 15, 2012. Visit to Panza Collection Initiative installation of work by Robert Morris. Photo: Anne Wheeler

Conservation Council

The Conservation Council provides essential support for a variety of Conservation Department initiatives including research, preservation and treatment of the collection. Members become partners in preserving important artwork for generations to come and also assist the museum in the revitalization of its core holdings. During the year, Council members gain an enhanced understanding of the Guggenheim’s collection as well the latest conservation practices through a series of behind-the-scenes programs and discussions with conservators and curators.

For more information on this by-invitation group, please contact Kate Stichnoth at or 212 423 3796.

Education Committee Members

Education Committee Members at the Disability Funders Network Briefing, February 17, 2012. Photo: Enid Alvarez.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is dedicated to supporting and promoting the diverse and enriching educational initiatives and programs of the Guggenheim and the Sackler Center for Arts Education. Members of the committee meet formally three times per year and regularly participate in activities designed to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the arts and education, making them vital advocates for the Guggenheim’s educational mission. Appointed by the Board, the committee raises essential funds and awareness which keep the museum’s education programs on the forefront of the field.

For more information on this by-invitation group, please contact Lyndsey Boekenkamp at or call 212 423 3796.

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