October 12, 2015 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - Multidisciplinary fall programs for Alberto Burri
October 12, 2015

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Alberto Burri, Grande nero cretto (Large Black Cretto), 1977. Acrylic and PVA on Celotex, 149.5 x 249.5 cm. Courtesy Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne/Centre de création industrielle, Gift of the artist, 1978. © Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri, Città di Castello/2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome. Photo: Photo: © CNAC/MNAM/Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, New York.

Multidisciplinary fall programs for Alberto Burri
Theater, Dance, and Film

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

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On the occasion of Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting, which showcases the work of this pivotal figure in post–World War II art, the Guggenheim Museum is pleased to offer a series of public programs that incorporate theater, dance, and film.

Dramatic readings
Theater of War
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 and 28, 6:30pm
Taking into account Alberto Burri’s experience as a prisoner of war, the Guggenheim hosts Outside the Wire as they present Theater of War. Zach Grenier, Amy Ryan, and John Turturro perform dramatic readings of selections from Sophocles’s Philoctetes and Vittorio Sereni’s Algerian Diary. Afterward, a panel and forum address the various impacts of war on the human psyche. Tickets

November Steps
Thursday, November 12, 8pm
Tom Gold Dance reimagines November Steps, a 1973 ballet that included set design and costumes by Alberto Burri. Dancers from the New York City Ballet perform in the Guggenheim’s iconic rotunda while a projection of one of Burri’s Cretti works gradually comes into formation on the stage beneath them. Tickets

November Steps is supported by The Evelyn Sharp Foundation.

Le Conversazioni
Tuesday, December 15, 6:30pm
Acclaimed writer Don DeLillo and Antonio Monda, artistic director of the popular Le Conversazioni literary festival, discuss postwar Italy, neorealist film, and the influence of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Il deserto rosso (Red Desert, 1964) on DeLillo’s artistic vision. Tickets

Aesthetics of Poverty: Italian Neorealist Film
Four important films from this rich cinematic period are screened on select Fridays. Free with museum admission.

Friday, November 20, 1pm
Paisà (Paisan), 1946, dir. Roberto Rossellini, 120 minutes.
Six vignettes examine the relations between American occupiers and newly liberated Italians following the Allied invasion of Italy during World War II.

Friday, December 4, 1pm
La terra trema (The Earth Trembles), 1948, dir. Luchino Visconti, 160 minutes.
This documentary-style epic of peasant life follows the tribulations of a fisherman as he attempts to open his own business in a small Sicilian fishing village.  

Friday, December 11, 1pm
Il cielo e rosso (The Sky Is Red), 1950, dir. Claudio Gora, 99 minutes.
Based on a novel of the same name by Giuseppe Berto, this drama depicts the lives of teenagers living in the rubble of an unnamed bombed-out city in postwar Italy.

Friday, December 18, 1pm
Il deserto rosso (Red Desert), 1964, dir. Michelangelo Antonioni, 117 minutes.
An examination of spiritual desolation in the technological age, this film follows a wife and mother as she attempts to conceal her tenuous grip on reality in a bleak, industrial landscape.


Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting is made possible by Lavazza. Support is also provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Leadership Committee for the exhibition, chaired by Pilar Crespi Robert and Stephen Robert, Trustee, is gratefully acknowledged for its generosity, with special thanks to Leonard and Judy Lauder and Maurice Kanbar as well as to Luxembourg & Dayan, Richard Roth Foundation, Alice and Thomas Tisch, Isabella Del Frate Rayburn, Larry Gagosian, Sigifredo di Canossa, Dominique Lévy, Daniela Memmo d’Amelio, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Pellegrini Legacy Trust, ROBILANT+VOENA, Alberto and Stefania Sabbadini, Sperone Westwater, Samir Traboulsi, Alberto and Gioietta Vitale, Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimo, and those who wish to remain anonymous. Additional funding is generously provided by Allegrini Winery, Mapei Group, E. L. Wiegand Foundation, Mondriaan Fund, the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, La FondazioneNY, and the New York State Council on the Arts. The Guggenheim Museum acknowledges the collaboration of the Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri, Città di Castello, Italy.

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 in partnership with the City Council. Funding is also provided by the Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund and the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust.

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