Fall public programs for ZERO, V.S. Gaitonde, and Wang Jianwei

Fall public programs for ZERO, V.S. Gaitonde, and Wang Jianwei

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Otto Piene, Light Ballet (Lichtballett), 1961–69. Foundation MUSEION. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Bolzano, Italy. © Otto Piene. Photo: David Heald. © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.*
October 17, 2014
Fall public programs for ZERO, V.S. Gaitonde, and Wang Jianwei

Tickets at guggenheim.org/calendar

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
5th Ave at 89th St
New York City



This fall, experience a dynamic array of public programs at the Guggenheim including performances, film screenings, gallery programs, and artist talks.

ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s
Through January 7, 2015
Learn about a group of artists who sought to redefine and transform art following World War II. This exhibition explores their experimental techniques and features paintings made with fire and other everyday materials; installations that incorporate light, sound, and movement; and video footage of live art actions.

Saturday, November 15, 7:30pm

ZERO scholar Tiziana Caianiello provides an introduction to Creamcheese (1967–76), a psychedelic discotheque and artists’ meeting place in Düsseldorf. Conceived by ZERO artist Günther Uecker and decorated by other network artists, including Adolf Luther, Heinz Mack, Gerhard Richter, and Daniel Spoerri, it became known for its progressive music as well as its synthesis of art, film, music, and performance. Creamcheese provides the inspiration for an event in the museum’s rotunda following Caianiello’s talk. Developed by R. Luke DuBois and Zach Layton, the playlist features Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, and others. A special performance by Brooklyn-based psychedelic rock band Oneida with accompanying visual effects by Joshua Light Show artist Brock Monroe will end the evening. Tickets include an exhibition viewing of ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s and the event features a cash bar. Purchase tickets here.

Film screenings
ZERO film program
Fridays–Tuesdays, through December 30, 3pm and 4pm
Screened in conjunction with the exhibition on view, this program featuring artist documentaries provides an expanded look the ZERO network and processes that the artists employed. Free with museum admission.


V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life
October 24, 2014–February 11, 2015
This seminal retrospective is dedicated to the work of celebrated Indian modernist Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde, and features over 40 paintings and works on paper that demonstrate a mastery of color, form, line, and texture. Gaitonde’s works reveal his unique understanding of nonobjective art.

Film screening
V. S. Gaitonde, a film by Sunil Kaldate
Friday, October 24, 5:30pm
This screening of V. S. Gaitonde (1995, 27 minutes) features rare footage of the artist at work in his studio. A conversation between the filmmaker Sunil Kaldate and exhibition curator Sandhini Poddar will follow the screening and will take place within the exhibition space.
Purchase tickets here.
Free for students with RSVP.

Gallery program
Eye to Eye: Gaitonde and Abstraction
Monday, November 3, 6:30pm
In this gallery program, scholar Iftikhar Dadi, critic Arthur Lubow, artist Zarina, and exhibition curator Sandhini Poddar come together to discuss international modernism, abstraction, and the work of V. S. Gaitonde. A reception will follow the program.
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Wang Jianwei: Time Temple
October 31, 2014–February 16, 2015
Experience new work by Beijing-based artist Wang Jianwei during his first solo museum exhibition in North America.

Film screening
The Morning Time Disappeared
Saturday, November 1, 5pm
Join John Rajchman, Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, for an introduction to and screening of Wang Jianwei’s film The Morning Time Disappeared (2014). Inspired by Franz Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis (1915), the film explores the transformation of contemporary China and looks at how the boundary between reality and fiction becomes blurred and abstracted. Like Kafka’s novella, the video positions itself in a state of imaginary realism. An exhibition viewing of Wang Jianwei: Time Temple follows the screening.
Purchase tickets here.
Free for students with RSVP.

Artist talk
Wang Jianwei in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
Wednesday, November 12, 5:30pm
Wang Jianwei joins Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Galleries, to discuss his multidisciplinary practice that draws from the fields of art, science, and philosophy. The two have previously worked together on Hans Ulrich Obrist: The China Interviews, Hans Ulrich Obrist: Battery City: A Post-Olympic Beijing Mini-Marathon, and the exhibition Laboratorium, among other projects. Simultaneous Chinese to English interpretation will be available.
Purchase tickets here.
Free for students with RSVP.


The Sackler Center for Arts Education is a gift of the Mortimer D. Sackler Family. Endowment funding is provided by The Engelberg Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, The Elaine Terner Cooper Foundation, and the Esther Simon Charitable Trust. Educational activities and/or public programs are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, The Hilla von Rebay Foundation, and The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation. Funding is also provided by Deutsche Bank; The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation; the Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund; Bain Capital Children’s Charity; the Sidney E. Frank Foundation; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Guggenheim Partners, LLC; The Keith Haring Foundation; the Harman Family Foundation; the Windgate Charitable Foundation; the Jane A. Lehman and Alan G. Lehman Foundation; the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust; and The Barker Welfare Foundation. Additional support from the Gap Foundation; the Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Memorial Foundation; Con Edison; and the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc. is gratefully acknowledged. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation thanks the members of the Education Committee for their support.

ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s is supported by the exhibition’s Leadership Committee, with special thanks to The George Economou Collection, the committee’s Founding Member, as well as to Larry Gagosian, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, and Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson. Additional funding is provided by Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Anna and Gerhard Lenz, Mondriaan Fund, The David W. Bermant Foundation, and an anonymous donor. Support for this exhibition is also provided by Sperone Westwater; Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art; Cees and Inge de Bruin; Sigifredo di Canossa; Patrick Derom; Yvonne and Edward Hillings; Dominique Lévy Gallery; Nicole and Jean-Claude Marian; The Mayor Gallery; Mnuchin Gallery; Achim Moeller, Moeller Fine Art, New York; Robert and Irmgard Rademacher Family; David Zwirner, New York/London; Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. Stuttgart; Walter and Nicole Leblanc Foundation; Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York; The Government of Flanders through Flanders House New York; and Netherland-America Foundation.

V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life is supported in part by Christie’s and the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation. The Leadership Committee for V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life is gratefully acknowledged for its support with special thanks to Shiv and Kiran Nadar and Poonam Bhagat Shroff, as well as to Aicon Gallery, Marguerite Charugundla and Kent Srikanth Charugundla, Mr. and Mrs. Rajiv J. Chaudhri, Pheroza Jamshyd Godrej, Gujral Foundation, Amrita Jhaveri and Pilar Ordovas, Mukeeta and Pramit Jhaveri, Sangita and Sajjan Jindal, Shanthi Kandiah and Brahmal Vasudevan, Peter Louis and Chandru Ramchandani, Ashwath Mehra, Sanjay and Anjna Motwani, Smita and Ramesh Prabhakar, Pundole Art Gallery, Aditi and Shivinder Singh, Talwar Gallery, Vadehra Art Gallery, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky, and those who wish to remain anonymous.

Wang Jianwei: Time Temple is made possible by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.


*Otto Piene, Light Ballet (Lichtballett), 1961–69. Left to right: Light Ballet (Light Drum), 1969. Chrome, glass, and lightbulbs; 45.7 cm high, 124.5 cm in diameter. Moeller Fine Art, New York. Light Ballet (Light Satellite), 1969. Chrome and lightbulbs; 38 cm in diameter. Moeller Fine Art, New York. Light Ballet, 1961. Metal armature, lightbulbs, electric motor, and rubber; 178 x 155 x 80 cm. Foundation MUSEION. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Bolzano, Italy. © Otto Piene. Photo: David Heald. © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.



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