NEW YORK—From February 9 through May 9, 2018, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents the first comprehensive survey in the United States of work by Danish artist Danh Vo (b. 1975, Ba Ria, Vietnam). Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away offers an illuminating overview of Vo’s production from the past 15 years, including several new projects created on the occasion of the Guggenheim presentation. Filling the ramps of the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda and comprising more than one hundred objects, the exhibition interweaves installations, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper from various points in the artist’s career, amplifying thematic resonances among diverse cultural and political subjects.
Following the New York exhibition, a presentation of Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away will be on view at SMK/National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, from August 30 through December 2, 2018.
Danh Vo artist talk
Friday, April 27, 6:30pm
A rare opportunity to hear the artist speak about his work. The program concludes with an exhibition viewing and reception. $15, $10 members. All free student tickets for this program have been claimed. Students with a valid school ID may register for a discounted ticket price of $5.
Danh Vo Symposium: Take My Breath Away
Saturday, April 28, 4pm
In a series of afternoon presentations, a group of preeminent scholars discuss their research on Danh Vo’s multivalent artistic practice. Speakers include: Joshua Chambers-Letson, Northwestern University; Patricia Falguières, School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris; Tom McDonough, Binghamton University, State University of New York. Tickets include museum entry at the conclusion of the program. $10, $5 members, free for students with RSVP.
Xiu Xiu: Deforms the Unborn
Tuesday, May 8, 7 pm
Experimental band Xiu Xiu premieres an extended-length track about the agonizing experience of demonic possession, based on firsthand accounts of exorcisms in modern history. This new composition was inspired by Danh Vo’s body of work titled after obscenities uttered in William Friedkin’s classic horror film The Exorcist (1973). During the concert the museum will remain open, granting visitors a special opportunity to view the exhibition in its final days. $25, $20 members, $15 students. Includes access to the exhibition and bar. For more information, visit https://www.guggenheim.org/event/xiu-xiu-deforms-the-unborn