Summer 2018 Programs at the Guggenheim Museum

Summer 2018 Programs at the Guggenheim Museum
Summer 2018 Programs at the Guggenheim Museum


Summer of Know
Select Tuesdays, June 19–September 11, 7 pm

A conversation series at The Wright restaurant pairing contemporary artists with practitioners and thought leaders at the forefront of today’s most urgent social, political, environmental, and legal issues. These informal discussions are moderated by Guggenheim curators, engaging with current affairs as they are filtered through the generative lens of art. Participants and topics include: Molly Crabapple and Anand Giridharadas on journalism as activism in the age of Trump; Amani Al-Khatahtbeh and Baseera Khan on feminism and Muslim identities; Yasmine Ergas and Martha Rosler on women’s rights; Christopher Marte, Cici Wu, and members of Bubble_T on art’s relationship with community organizing and gentrification; Stephanie Alvarado and Jennifer Newsom on activating overlooked urban spaces; and L. A. Kauffman and Amy Khoshbin on aesthetics in political activism.

$10, free for members and students. Tickets are required for all attendees and will be available onsite only at the admissions desk on the day of the event starting at 6 pm. (Ticket cost may be credited toward same-day museum admission.) Limited capacity, speakers and topics subject to change. For schedule and updates, visit

Shaun Leonardo: Primitive Games
June 21, 2018, 7 pm

In Primitive Games, Shaun Leonardo asks, “What might happen when four seemingly divided groups are invited to debate one another without using words?” Loosely based on the Renaissance-era Italian sport calcio storico, this live performance culminates a series of movement-based workshops led by Leonardo and involving four communities, each with a unique relationship to a single social issue. For an hour, the museum’s rotunda is transformed into an arena for a sport-like competition generated by and bringing together workshop participants. By witnessing the dynamics of these groups against the backdrop of an increasingly divisive national political climate, performers and audience members alike are given an opportunity to reconsider their own place within the debates pervading society today.

$7, $5 members, $5 students. A special combination ticket for both Primitive Games and the Guggenheim Social Practice symposium is available for $15 (general public) or $10 (members and students). For more information, visit

Symposium: Imagining the Social in Artistic and Museum Practices
Friday, June 22, 4 pm

This symposium gathers practitioners of socially engaged art to consider how museums and other organizations can play a role in supporting and responding to this field. One day after the premiere of Primitive Games, artist Shaun Leonardo leads a discussion with select performance participants who reflect on their experience working on his project. Elizabeth M. Grady, independent curator and former Director of Programs, A Blade of Grass, moderates a panel with artists Brett Cook, Pepón Osorio, and Jackie Sumell about institutional partnerships. Lisa Dent, independent curator and producer, delivers the keynote address, Restructuring. This symposium also serves as the launch of a new Guggenheim publication commemorating the inaugural projects organized through the Guggenheim Social Practice initiative.

$10, $7 members and students. A special combination ticket for both Primitive Games and the Guggenheim Social Practice symposium is available for $15 (general public) or $10 (members and students). For more information, visit

Art After Dark
Friday, July 13, 9 pm–midnight; Exclusive Members’ Hour: 8–9 pm

An after-hours private viewing of current exhibitions including Giacometti and One Hand Clapping, featuring a cash bar and music on the rotunda floor.

$25, free for members. Limited general admission tickets will go on sale closer to the event date. Purchase advance tickets online or become a member. No tickets are sold at the door. Cash bar serves wine and beer. Guests will be asked for a photo ID. For more information, visit

Art After Dark is supported in part by SHOWTIME®.

Glitch: An Evening of Poetry and Catalogue Launch for One Hand Clapping
Tuesday, July 17, 6 pm

To celebrate the publication of the One Hand Clapping catalogue, the Guggenheim presents readings of new works by a roster of international poets who address themes explored in the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue. Participants include Tan Lin, Feliz Lucia Molina, Sawako Nakayasu, Lynn Xu, and catalogue contributor Nicholas Wong. The event is curated by visual artist and poet Jen Bervin in collaboration with Xiaoyu Weng.

$15, $10 members, free for students with RSVP in advance of the program. $25, $10 members, $18 students day of. Includes museum admission to extended hours on Summer Tuesdays following the program. Participants subject to change. For more information, visit

Reflections on Giacometti
Tuesday, July 31, 6:30 pm

A multigenerational group of speakers including artists Diana al-Hadid, Huma Bhabha, and Charles Ray reflect on the enduring legacy of Alberto Giacometti’s influential sculptural practice in a special conversation moderated by writer and scholar Michael Brenson.

$15, $10 members, free for students with RSVP in advance of the program. $25, $10 members, $18 students day of. Includes museum admission to extended hours on Summer Tuesdays following the program. For more information, visit

Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Reimagining the Life of Flora Mayo with Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler
Wednesday, September 5, 6:30 pm

In the Swiss Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennial, the Swiss-American duo Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler presented Flora, a film installation and its accompanying work, Bust. The work employs reconstruction, re-enactment, and documentary material to imagine the life of Flora Mayo, a largely unknown American artist who was Alberto Giacometti’s lover while she studied in Paris in the 1920s. In this special evening program on the occasion of the Guggenheim’s presentation of Giacometti, the artists reflect on their research, ideas of reframing history, and their newly made discoveries with relation to the 20th-century master. Program concludes with a reception and exhibition viewing.

$15, $10 members, free for students with RSVP. For more information, visit

One Hand Clapping Symposium
Friday, September 28

In this one-day interdisciplinary symposium, which culminates the entire Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative, a wide range of participants present short talks, discussions, performances, and films that explore notions of the future through the lenses of technology, politics, and art. Yuk Hui, a contributor to the One Hand Clapping catalogue, delivers the keynote conversation. Co-organized by exhibition curator Xiaoyu Weng and Brian Kuan Wood, founding editor of e-flux, the symposium is followed by a reception and viewing of One Hand Clapping.

$15, $10 members, free for students with RSVP in advance of the program. Details and time to be posted to


Screenings take place in the New Media Theater, Level B, and are free with museum admission. For more information, visit

Alberto Giacometti (1966), dir. Ernst Scheidegger and Peter Münger, 28 min.
Fridays, June 15–September 7, 3 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4 pm

A short documentary film focusing on Alberto Giacometti, featuring exclusive footage of the artist at work in his studio. Codirector Ernst Scheidegger first met Giacometti in 1943. Their encounter developed into a lifelong friendship out of which grew the most comprehensive collection of photographs and films to document the life and works of the artist. Courtesy of the Ernst Scheidegger Archive.

Final Portrait (2017), dir. Stanley Tucci, 90 min.
Tuesdays, August 7–28, 6:30 pm

In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art lover James Lord is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees. So begins not only the story of an offbeat friendship but, seen through the eyes of Lord, an insightful look into the beauty, frustration, profundity, and at times, downright chaos of the artistic process. Final Portrait is a portrait of a genius and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, ever-evolving act of creativity. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.


Art in the Round Public Tours
Daily, 2 pm

Art in the Round public tours are led by gallery educators. Specialists in fields of art, art history, and gallery teaching, educators provide informative and meaningful experiences by engaging visitors in a shared process of close looking and conversation, with the occasional surprise. For everyone from first-time visitors to long-term members, these daily tours are invaluable for learning about the collection, special exhibitions, and the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building. Visitors of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join.

Free with museum admission, no RSVP is required. Meet on the rotunda floor. For more information, visit

Exhibition Tours of One Hand Clapping in Mandarin
Saturdays, May 19–October 20, 1–2 pm

Join a conversational gallery tour in Mandarin exploring new works—from virtual reality technology to oil on canvas—by artists in One Hand Clapping. Facilitated by an educator trained in art history and gallery teaching, these tours consider exhibition themes including the ways in which globalization affects our understanding of the future.

Free with museum admission, no RSVP is required. Meet at the entrance to Tower 5. For more information, visit

Summer Gallery Activations
Tuesdays, June 19, July 10, 24, August 14, 21, and September 4, 11, 6:30–8:30 pm

These self-guided, independent experiences are intended to surprise and inspire new ways to explore the museum’s building and exhibitions. Visitors of all ages and abilities may participate by engaging with educators located by “Summer Gallery Activation” signs throughout the galleries and cafe space.

Free with admission. For more information, visit

#EmptyGuggenheim Tours
July 1, 15, 29, August 12, and 26, 9– 10 am

Enjoy a uniquely meditative experience of the Guggenheim Museum, skipping the crowd with guided morning tours that take place before the museum opens to the public. Led by a museum educator, each tour is organized with a theme or activity, from abstraction and architecture, to art-making workshops, or discussions of the artwork on view.

$40, $30 members. Limited capacity. For more information, visit

Curator’s Eye Tours
Wednesdays, May 30 and July 18, 12 pm

These public gallery tours provide an opportunity for visitors to explore the museum’s exhibitions with the exhibition curator sharing expert knowledge of the work on view. Tours interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL) upon request.

May 30: One Hand Clapping
Xiaoyu Weng, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art

July 18: Giacometti
Megan Fontanella, Curator, Modern Art and Provenance

Free with museum admission. Limited capacity, advance on-site registration is required. Registration opens one hour before the tour at the Information desk. Check-in begins 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. For more information, visit

Mind’s Eye Programs

Monthly Mind’s Eye tours and workshops for visitors who are blind or have low vision are conducted by arts and education professionals through verbal description, conversation, sensory experiences, and creative practice. For visitors who wish to visit the museum on their own, the free Guggenheim app includes verbal imaging tours and VoiceOver. Download the app or borrow a device for free with museum admission.

June 11, 6:30–8:30 pm: One Hand Clapping  

July 11, 2–4 pm: Giacometti

Free with RSVP required one week before the program date. For more information, visit



Admission: Adults $25, students/seniors (65+) $18, members and children under 12 free. The Guggenheim’s free app, available with admission or by download to personal devices, offers an enhanced visitor experience. The app features rich multimedia content on special exhibitions, the Guggenheim’s landmark building, and artworks in the museum’s permanent collection. Verbal Description guides for select exhibitions are also included for visitors who are blind or have low vision. The Guggenheim app is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Museum Hours: Sun–Wed 10 am–5:45 pm, Tues 10 am–9 pm from June 19 to Sept 11, Fri 10 am–5:45 pm, Sat 10 am–7:45 pm, closed Thurs. On Saturdays, beginning at 5:45 pm, the museum hosts Pay What You Wish. Starting June 9, Pay What You Wish will begin at 5 pm. For general information, call 212 423 3500 or visit the museum online at


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