June 4, 2015 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim: performances, readings, films
June 4, 2015

Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim: performances, readings, films

Agathe Snow, Stamina, 2015. Color video installation, with sound, 24 hours. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Commissioned by Deutsche Bank AG in consultation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, by exchange, 2015. © Agathe Snow.

Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim—performances, readings, and films

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
5th Avenue at 89th Street
New York City


Opening June 5, Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim  is a group exhibition of over 100 works from the museum’s collection, highlighting ways that artists today forge new paradigms for storytelling in a wide range of mediums. Alongside the show, the museum has organized a series of related programming that includes films by Matthew Barney, John Bock, Camille Henrot, Mark Leckey, and Ryan Trecartin; performances by, Kevin Beasley, Ellie Ga, and Gerard & Kelly; readings by accomplished authors; and an exuberant 24-hour party and film screening hosted by Agathe Snow.

Gerard & Kelly: Timelining
Mondays, June 8–September 7, 5:45–10pm 
Recently acquired by the Guggenheim, Timelining (2014) investigates how personal history, intimacy, and memory bind people in time. Free with museum admission (admission after 5:45pm is pay what you wish with limited gallery access).

An Evening with Kevin Beasley
Friday, June 26, 8pm
Artist Kevin Beasley presents a new installation that incorporates the sounds of the museum into sculptures made from sneakers, foam, resin, and other materials. Beasley uses the sounds recorded by these objects to build environmental and experimental compositions. Tickets here.

Ellie Ga: Eureka, a lighthouse play and The Fortunetellers
Tuesday, June 30, 6:30pm 
Ellie Ga presents two narrative-based performances accompanied by projections of photographs, videos, and annotated sketches. Eureka, a lighthouse play (2012–14), follows the artist’s historical exploration of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, while The Fortunetellers (2011–12) ruminates on the rituals of life aboard a scientific research vessel in the Arctic. Tickets here.

Agathe Snow: Stamina
Thursday, August 20, 6pm–Friday, August 21, 6pm 
Agathe Snow stages a 24-hour party in the Guggenheim rotunda, complete with live music and the premiere of her new film Stamina (2015), documenting a clandestine 24-hur party hosted by the artist in 2005 to celebrate underground nightlife in post-September 11th New York. Tickets available at the door on August 20 starting from 6pm.

Eye to Eye 
In these intimate evening programs, contemporary authors read texts inspired by artworks on view. Programs are followed by receptions.

Novelists Michael Cunningham and Kathryn Harrison
Wednesday, July 8, 6:30pm

Poets Kenneth Goldsmith and Yusef Komunyakaa
Wednesday, July 22, 6:30pm 

Free with museum admission.

Storylines video program
Fridays, June 5, 12, 19, 11am
New Media Theater
Guggenheim collection artists John Bock, Camille Henrot, Mark Leckey, and Ryan Trecartin each use video to craft their unique narratives. 

11am: Mark Leckey, Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999), 14 minutes on loop
Noon: John Bock, Dandy (2006), 59 minutes
1pm: Ryan Trecartin, I-Be Area (2007), 128 minutes
3:15pm: Camille Henrot, Grosse Fatigue (2013), 13 minutes on loop

Saturdays, June 6, July 11, August 8, September 5, 10:30am–7:30pm
Peter B. Lewis Theater
In these day-long screenings, Matthew Barney’s CREMASTER cycle (1994–2002), a contemporary creation in myth told over five films, is presented in the order of its production. 

This exhibition is supported in part by Culture.pl and the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation. The Leadership Committee for Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim is gratefully acknowledged for its support, with special thanks to Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann and Chair Roberta Amon as well as to Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, Katherine Farley and Jerry I. Speyer, Gladstone Gallery, Greene Naftali Gallery, Michael S. Lee, Nancy and Woody Ostrow, Sarah Arison, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Denise LeFrak Calicchio and John Calicchio, Linda and Gregory Fischbach, Courtney and Scott Taylor, and the International Director’s Council. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts and The Polish Cultural Institute New York.

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, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, and The Hilla von Rebay Foundation. Funding is also provided by Deutsche Bank; the Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund; the Sidney E. Frank Foundation; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Guggenheim Partners, LLC; the Windgate Charitable Foundation; the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation; the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust; and The Barker Welfare Foundation. Additional support from the Gap Foundation; the Jane A. Lehman and Alan G. Lehman Foundation; the Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Memorial Foundation; Con Edison; the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc.; and the Henry E. Niles Foundation, Inc. is gratefully acknowledged. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation thanks the members of the Education Committee for their support.


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