July 8, 2010 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - Performances, artist films, and declarations
July 8, 2010

Performances, artist films, and declarations

Andy Warhol, Orange Disaster #5, 1963
Acrylic and silkscreen enamel on canvas
269.2 x 207 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift, Harry N. Abrams Family Collection 74.2118

Performances, artist films, and declarations

Summer programs in conjunction with
Haunted: Contemporary

On view through September 6, 2010

1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
New York City


In July and August, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents the following on-site and online programs accompanying the exhibition Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, on view through September 6.

Artist Performance
Sharon Hayes
Saturday, July 24, 3–7:45 pm
Sharon Hayes uses video, installation, and performance to delve into the politics of language, desire, and protest as manifest in both personal and public realms. Through a practice of “respeaking,” her work highlights uncanny instances of resonance between recorded historical texts and our present political moment. As part of Haunted, Hayes will stage a unique sonic event on the rotunda floor of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in which she will act as a DJ, spinning vintage spoken-word records that refer to moments throughout the history of the twentieth century. Free with museum admission; pay as you wish, 5:45–7:45 pm.

Artist Performance
Tris Vonna-Michell
Thursday, July 29, 7 pm and 8 pm
The performance work of Tris Vonna-Michell unleashes a barrage of words and images that mine the boundaries of personal memory and narrative fiction. His live, uninterrupted soliloquies, accompanied by projections of 35mm slides from his personal archive, often take the form of erratic travelogues that plunge into alliteration and free association, intertwining history and autobiography. For Haunted, Vonna-Michell will perform recent work in an intimate setting just off the museum’s spiraling ramps. Limited capacity. For tickets, call 212 423 3587 or visit www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/759375.

Artist Films
Fridays, free with museum admission
These films created by artists explore themes from the Haunted exhibition, including appropriation and the archive, documentation and reiteration, trauma and the uncanny, and the effects of the passage of time on landscape and architecture.

July 9 and 16, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm
Andy Warhol: Screen Tests (1964–66)
Shot at Warhol’s Factory, the artist’s famous Screen Tests feature silent black-and-white film portraits of Nico, Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, and Dennis Hopper, among others. The screen tests presented here, from 13 Most Beautiful . . . Songs for Andy Warhol Screen Tests (2009), include newly commissioned soundtracks performed by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips.

July 23 and 30 and August 6, 1 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:30 pm
Johan Grimonprez: Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997)
Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y presents a visual chronology of airplane highjackings, with a soundtrack creating a fictional narrative inspired by Don DeLillo’s novels White Noise and Mao II. Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y intersperses reportage, clips from science fiction films, found footage, and reconstituted scenes filmed by the artist, highlighting the spectacle value of disaster in an eerie foreshadowing of 9/11.

August 13 and 20 and September 3
Samuel Beckett: Film (1965), 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm
Stan Douglas: Vidéo (2007), 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm
Samuel Beckett’s sole venture into cinema, Film was shot in New York during his only trip to America. Directed by Alan Schneider, the leading director of Beckett’s plays in the United States, and starring Buster Keaton, the dialogueless film takes its basis in Berkeley’s theory Esse est percipi: To be is to be perceived. Presented as a companion piece to Film, Stan Douglas’s Vidéo reflects the artist’s longstanding artistic dialogue with the works of Beckett.

As part of the online Guggenheim Forum, Declarations showcases a wide range of voices offering concise remarks on topical themes related to the museum’s exhibitions. On the subject of memory and mediation, invited contributors include activist Ben Goldsmith, cultural historian David Lubin, art historian Linda Nochlin, and composer Dave Soldier, among others. Readers are invited to share their thoughts through the end of Haunted, on September 6.



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