October 25, 2013-January 22, 2014
At the heart of Christopher Wool's creative project, 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 anxious rhythms of the urban environment and a wide range of cultural references, his agile, largely monochrome works propose an open-ended series of responses to these central problems. This retrospectivewill 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-April 23, 2014
Carrie Mae Weems is a socially motivated artist whose works invite contemplation on issues surrounding race, gender and class. Increasingly, she has broadened her view to include global struggles for equality and justice. Comprehensive in scope, this retrospective will primarily feature photographs, including the groundbreaking Kitchen Table Series (1990), but also written texts, audio recordings and videos. The exhibition will provide an opportunity to trace the evolution of Weems's career over the last 30 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 art. Although she employs a variety of means and addresses an array of issues, an overarching commitment to better understanding the present by closely examining history and identity is found throughout her work. A notion of universality is also present: 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. The Leadership Committee for Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video is gratefully acknowledged for its support.
Italian Futurism, 1909-44
February 21-May 14, 2014
With this major exhibition, the Guggenheim organizes the first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism to be presented in the United States or Spain. 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. With 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 they 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 has been assembled to provide expertise and guidance. The Leadership Committee for Italian Futurism, 1909-44 is gratefully acknowledged for its support.
More than any other 20th-century painter, Vasily Kandinsky has been closely linked to the history of the Guggenheim Museum. Hilla Rebay-artist, art advisor, and the museum's first director-promoted nonobjective painting above all other forms of abstraction. She was particularly inspired by the work and writing of Kandinsky, a pioneer of abstraction, who believed that the task of the painter was to convey his own inner world, rather than imitate the natural world. The museum's holdings have grown to include more than 150 works by Kandinsky, and focused exhibitions of his works are presented in Annex Level 3. The current installation, Kandinsky 1911-1913, highlights paintings completed at the moment the artist made great strides toward complete abstraction and published his aesthetic treatise, On the Spiritual in Art (1911, though dated 1912). Also featured are paintings by Robert Delaunay and Franz Marc that were exhibited alongside the work of Kandinsky and others in the landmark 1912 Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) exhibition held at the Moderne Galerie Heinrich Thannhauser, Munich. The exhibition is organized by Tracey Bashkoff, Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, and Megan Fontanella, Assistant Curator, Collections and Provenance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
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 tribute 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. This exhibition is organized by Francine Snyder, 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'sMountains 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) andWoman Ironing (La Repasseuse, spring 1904).
Admission: Adults $22, students/seniors (65+) $18, members and children under 12 free. Admission includes an audio tour with highlights of the Guggenheim's Permanent Collection and building available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
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