January 17, 2012 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - Artist Talks: Yael Bartana and Natascha Sadr Haghighian
January 17, 2012

Artist Talks: Yael Bartana and Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Left: Yael Bartana, “…and Europe will be stunned.”  
Right: Natascha Sadr Haghighian, “I can’t work like this,” 2007. Wall installation, nails, hammers. 400 x 200 cm.

Guggenheim Artist Talks:
Yael Bartana and Natascha Sadr Haghighian

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


Elaine Terner Cooper Education Fund: Conversations with Contemporary Artists Series

Come meet internationally acclaimed contemporary artists Yael Bartana and Natascha Sadr Haghighian at the Guggenheim Museum this January. Inaugurated in 2001, this lecture series features artists reflecting on their work and current issues. These talks provide an opportunity for the public to hear from the most innovative international artists working today and to learn about their creative process. Both established and emerging artists, working in all types of mediums, have participated in this enlightening program. The roster has included Slater Bradley, Tacita Dean, Roni Horn, Anish Kapoor, Christian Marclay, Catherine Opie, Tino Sehgal, and Hugo Boss Prize 2008 and 2010 winners Emily Jacir and Hans-Peter Feldmann. Programs include a private reception with the artist and a private viewing of current exhibitions on view.

Yael Bartana with Reem Fadda, Susanne Sachsse, and Sławomir Sierakowski

Tuesday, January 24, 6:30 pm

Yael Bartana (b. 1970, Israel) is an Israeli-Dutch artist and filmmaker based in Amsterdam and Tel Aviv. Her works examine and question widely accepted social rituals and structures regarding the cultural identity and historical construction of her native country and the tensions and conflicts that arise as a result. In her distinctive poetic approach, she balances the factual and the fictitious, documentation and propaganda, evoking ironic overtones to undermine certainties, turn symbols on their heads, and open up multiple new meanings. Bartana was a recipient of the Artes Mundi Prize in 2010. Her recent project …and Europe will be stunned was featured as the official Polish participation at the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice in 2011 and will be screened as part of the program. Following the film screening, the artist will be joined in conversation by Guggenheim Associate Curator Reem Fadda, actress Susanne Sachsse, and actor Sławomir Sierakowski.

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Natascha Sadr Haghighian: “when night falls in the forest of static choices”
Tuesday, January 31, 6:30 pm
In a program that combines elements of a performance, a lecture, and an interactive scavenger hunt, Natascha Sadr Haghighian invites museum visitors to initiate a dialogue with special agents from her past projects. The artist will participate in a series of conversations provoked by a selection of objects, allowing the focus and pace of the evening to follow the currents of her audience’s attention. Drawing on a diverse range of mediums, including installation, video, and performance, Sadr Haghighian’s conceptual practice is primarily concerned with the cultural construction of perception and the politics of artistic production. Rather than offering highlights from a conventional curriculum vitae, Sadr Haghighian refers to bioswop.net, a forum that encourages the free exchange and appropriation of biographical information.

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Receptions immediately follow. Exhibitions on view include Pop Objects and Icons from the Guggenheim Collection; Surface, Support, Process: The 1960s Monochrome in the Guggenheim Collection; and Kandinsky at the Bauhaus, 1922–1933.

FREE for students with a valid ID. To reserve a student ticket, please e-mail boxoffice [​at​] guggenheim.org.

For tickets, visit guggenheim.org/cca or call the Box Office: 212 423 3587.

Guggenheim Artist Talks: Yael Bartana and Natascha Sadr Haghighian
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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