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In 2019 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum celebrates 60 years as an architectural icon. Since opening its doors on October 21, 1959, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building has inspired generations of visitors as a unique “temple of spirit” where radical art and architecture meet.

Exhibitions on view include a groundbreaking group of works by long-underrecognized innovator of abstract art Hilma af Klint, new paintings by contemporary artist R. H. Quaytman, and a yearlong exhibition program honoring the work and continuing legacy of Robert Mapplethorpe.


Annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture
“The Ghost and the Rock: Albert Renger-Patzsch and the Shape of Time” by
Megan R. Luke

Tuesday, February 12, 6:30pm
In the ninth annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture, University of Southern California Associate Professor Megan R. Luke will discuss German photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897–1966) and his early 1930s photographs of modern dance and medieval architecture. Perhaps best remembered for his celebrated book of photographs of natural forms, Die Welt ist schön (The World Is Beautiful) (1928), Renger-Patzsch created photos that are haunted by his persistent doubts about the survival of the past in embodied forms. Luke will also examine these images in tandem with the artist’s late interest in geology as expressed in his last photography book, Gestein (Rock), published shortly before his death in 1966.

$15, $10 members, free for students with RSVP. For more information, visit guggenheim.org/calendar.

The Annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture series honors the wide-ranging career of Robert Rosenblum (1927–2006), former Guggenheim Swid Curator of 20th-Century Art, and Henry Ittelson Jr., Professor of Modern European Art, New York University. The series is facilitated by the donors to the Robert Rosenblum Fund, who are gratefully acknowledged for their generosity.

Hugo Boss Prize 2018: Simone Leigh Conference
“Loophole of Retreat”

Saturday, April 27, 1 pm
Inspired by writer, abolitionist, and escaped slave girl Harriet Jacobs’ autobiographical performance of freedom within her, this daylong gathering dedicated to the intellectual life of Black women will bring together an international constellation of writers, artists, poets, filmmakers, and activists. Artist and Hugo Boss Prize 2018 winner Simone Leigh, feminist scholar Tina Campt (Barnard College), and cultural historian Saidiya Hartman (Columbia University) have invited participants to respond to a series of keywords as open-ended points of departure for papers, performances, and conversations.

$15, $10 members, free for students with RSVP. For more information, visit guggenheim.org/calendar.


Redistribution by Seth Price

Tuesday, January 29, 6:30 pm
A reflexive work on art and interpretation, Seth Price’s film Redistribution began as a 2007 lecture-performance at the Guggenheim. His skepticism toward fixed meaning led him to consider the concept of the artist’s lecture: what happens when the artist’s commentary, as seen in documentaries and museum education programming, is brought into the exhibition itself? In Redistribution, Price largely restricts his comments to matters of process and avoids discussing meaning. Filming staged additions and adding tangential inserts, Price has continued to alter the documentation of the lecture. Over time, the video has been presented in eight distinct versions; this event will feature the newest. The screening is followed by a Q&A with the artist.

$15, $10 members, free students with RSVP. For more information, visit guggenheim.org/films.

Co-organized with Petzel Gallery.

Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now Documentary Film Program

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 6 pm
A series of documentaries exploring the legacy of Robert Mapplethorpe, including Black White + Grey: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007) directed by James Crump; ART/new york program no. 61: “Robert Mapplethorpe” (2006) directed by Paul Tschinkel; and Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016) directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato are screened in conjunction with the Guggenheim’s yearlong exhibition.

February 5: Black White + Grey: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007)

February 12: ART/new york: “Robert Mapplethorpe” (2006)

February 19: Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

February 26: Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

Screenings take place in the New Media Theater, Level B, and are free with admission. For more information and schedule, visit guggenheim.org/films.


Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now Program
Works & Process at the Guggenheim: ArKtype: Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

Sunday, February 17, 3 pm and 7:30 pm
Prior to the New York premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, composer Bryce Dessner, librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle, director Daniel Fish, and Roomful of Teeth, with a live chamber orchestra, discuss their creative process and perform highlights from their new collaboration. Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann, Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) is the first live/theatrical performance of its kind to integrate the work of Robert Mapplethorpe. Triptych(Eyes of One on Another) features a libretto by Korde Arrington Tuttle with poetry by Essex Hemphill and Patti Smith, music direction by Brad Wells, lighting by Yuki Nakase, and costumes by Carlos Soto.

$45, $40 members. $10 rush tickets for students under 25 with valid ID are available one hour before performances, based on availability. Enjoy preshow cocktails in The Wright from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and a reception in the rotunda follows most evening programs.
For tickets and more information, visit worksandprocess.org.

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future Program
Works & Process at the Guggenheim: HILMA by Benjamin Staern and Mira Bartov with Fredrik and Mette af Klint

Monday and Tuesday, April 15 and 16, 7:30 pm
On the occasion of Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, see the New York premiere of an opera about Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, inspired by her unique body of spiritual works. Mette af Klint plays the enigmatic Hilma, while Fredrik af Klint (a relative of the artist) portrays Rudolf Steiner. Composer Benjamin Staern connects tones and timbres with the colors and shapes of af Klint’s abstract works. The chamber opera, directed by librettist Mira Bartov with costumes by Ulrika Lilliehöök, highlights pivotal moments from af Klint’s life, and features motion-generated projections of her work and accompaniment by pianist Stefan Lindgren, violinist Victoria Stjerna, and cellist Andreas Lavothe.

$45, $40 members. $10 rush tickets for students under 25 with valid ID are available one hour before performances, based on availability. Enjoy preshow cocktails in The Wright from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and a reception in the rotunda follows most evening programs.
For tickets and more information, visit worksandprocess.org.

Produced by Mette af Klint in collaboration with Swedish Arts Council, Swedish Performing Arts Agency, and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.


Silent Nights

Tuesdays, February 5, March 5, and April 2, 7–8 pm
On the first Tuesday evening of each month, experience the Guggenheim’s unforgettable space in a uniquely contemplative atmosphere. In homage to founding director Hilla Rebay’s vision for a “temple of spirit,” visitors are invited to enjoy the exhibitions on view in a meditative state of mind, aided by dimmed lights and a quiet rotunda.

Free with admission. For more information, visit guggenheim.org/calendar. Silent Nights are presented in conjunction with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s 60th anniversary celebration of radical art and architecture. Visit guggenheim.org/building to learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic design and other anniversary programs.

Art After Dark

Friday, March 15, 9 pm–midnight; Exclusive Members’ Hour: 8–9 pm
An after-hours private viewing of current exhibitions, Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, R. H. Quaytman: + x, Chapter 34, and Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now, featuring a cash bar and DJ in the rotunda.

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


Art in the Round Public Tours

Daily, 2 pm
Art in the Round public tours are guided, participatory explorations of the Guggenheim’s collection, exhibitions, and architecture. Gallery educators facilitate varied experiences aimed at deepening visitors’ understanding of and engagement with artwork. While all tours encourage close looking and
conversation among participants, each educator uses creative approaches to build unique, sometimes-surprising encounters in the museum. Visitors of all ages and abilities are encouraged and welcome to join.

Free with admission, no RSVP is required. Meet on the rotunda floor. For more information, visit guggenheim.org/calendar.

Mind’s Eye Tours

Monday, February 11, 6:30–8:30 pm: Love and Art
Wednesday, March 20, 2–4 pm: Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now
Monthly Mind’s Eye tours and workshops for visitors who are blind or have low vision are conducted by arts, education, and access professionals through verbal description, conversation, sensory experiences, and creative practice.

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


Admission: Adults $25, students/seniors (65+) $18, members and children under 12 free. Learn about Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark building and the Guggenheim’s collection and exhibitions at guggenheim.org/audio.

Museum Hours: Open daily from 10 am–5:30 pm, Tuesdays and Saturdays extended hours until 8 pm. On Saturdays, beginning at 5 pm, the museum hosts Pay What You Wish. For general information, call 212 423 3500 or visit guggenheim.org.