June 5, 2018 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - Summer at the Guggenheim
June 5, 2018

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Photo: David Heald. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Summer at the Guggenheim
Artists, activists, performance, poetry, and film

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave
New York, NY 10128

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This summer, the Guggenheim Museum in New York will stay open until 9 pm every Tuesday from June 19 through September 11. In addition to cocktails in the iconic rotunda and expanded access to Giacometti and One Hand Clapping, the museum presents special exhibition programming, along with a performance and symposium as part of the Guggenheim Social Practice initiative. The dialogue series “Summer of Know” brings together artists and activists for conversations addressing contemporary social issues.

Public Programs

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

Held in The Wright restaurant, these informal discussions are moderated by Guggenheim curators and engage with current issues as 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; Sable E. Smith and Michelle Jones on mass incarceration; 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 to community organization and gentrification; Stephanie Alvarado and Jennifer Newsom on activating overlooked urban spaces; and L. A. Kauffman and Amy Khoshbin on aesthetics in political activism.

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

A rotunda performance culminating Shaun Leonardo’s socially engaged project, which brings together four seemingly divided communities to investigate the state of public debate in contemporary society.

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

A gathering of practitioners of social practice art to discuss how museums can play a role in supporting and responding to the field. Participants include Shaun Leonardo, Brett Cook, Pepón Osorio, Jackie Sumell, and Elizabeth M. Grady. Keynote by Lisa Dent.

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

Readings of new works by a roster of international poets who address themes explored in the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue. Participants: Tan LinFeliz Lucia MolinaSawako NakayasuLynn Xu, and catalogue contributor Nicholas Wong. Organized by Jen Bervin and Xiaoyu Weng with introduction by the catalogue editor Andrew Maerkle and designer Chris Wu.

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

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

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

Swiss-American duo Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler reflect on their research, ideas of reframing history, and newly made discoveries with relation to Alberto Giacometti through their work on their installation in the Swiss Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

Technology Is History
Friday, September 28, 1pm

A daylong symposium featuring presentations, discussions, performances, and films by a group of artists, scholars and musicians to explore the constructed dualistic tension between technology and history. Keynote by philosopher Yuk Hui. Co-organized by Xiaoyu Weng and Brian Kuan Wood.

Film Screenings

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

Courtesy the Ernst Scheidegger Archive.

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

Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.


Programs of the Sackler Center for Arts Education. For education funders, visit our website.

Giacometti is co-organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Fondation Giacometti, Paris. 
The exhibition is made possible by Lavazza.
Additional support provided by Northern Trust and Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.
The Leadership Committee for this exhibition is gratefully acknowledged for its support, with special thanks to Linda Macklowe, Chair, as well as Acquavella Galleries, Larry Gagosian, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, FX and Natasha de Mallmann, Hauser & Wirth, Per Skarstedt, Ulla Dreyfus-Best, Grande Albergo Excelsior Vittoria – Sorrento, kamel mennour, Gigi and Andrea Kracht, La Prairie, Lévy Gorvy, Luxembourg & Dayan, Richard Gray Gallery, Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, and Thomas Gibson Fine Art.
Funding is also provided by Christie’s and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

One Hand Clapping is made possible by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.

Shaun Leonardo: Primitive Games is commissioned by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of Guggenheim Social Practice, an initiative supported by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

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