June 3, 2010 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - Artist Talks, Performance Symposium, and Online Forum
June 3, 2010

Artist Talks, Performance Symposium, and Online Forum

Joan Jonas, Mirror Piece I, 1969
Chromogenic print, 101 x 55.6 cm.*

June programs presented in conjunction with
Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance

On view through September 6, 2010

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


The Guggenheim Museum presents the following on-site and online programs in conjunction with Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, on view through September 6. Opening June 4, two additional galleries feature newly installed works by Thomas Demand, Stan Douglas, Christian Marclay, and Jeff Wall, extending the exhibition’s investigation into themes of memory, trauma, repetition, and appropriation. Live performances by Sharon Hayes, Joan Jonas, and Tris Vonna-Michell, situated in the Guggenheim rotunda, and ongoing public programs further extend the artistic, scholarly, and public dialogue on these compelling ideas.

Wednesday, June 9, 6:30 pm: Stan Douglas
Meet artist Stan Douglas as he speaks in part of an ongoing series of artist talks that provide insight into artists’ creative process, with a private exhibition viewing of Haunted and reception to follow. Douglas (b. 1960, Vancouver) utilizes forms of popular entertainment––cinema and television––to destabilize narratives that depict society as a unified, homogeneous front with one history, one set of desires, and one value system. The film installation Der Sandmann (1995) investigates the intersection of history and memory as witnessed against the backdrop of post–Cold War Germany. Shot on 16mm film and projected as two separate but intersecting videos that show a community garden in use during the 1960s and as a construction site some 20 years later, Der Sandmann contemplates temporality and the transformative effects of history. For more information and tickets, visit guggenheim.org/publicprograms or call the Box Office at 212 423 3587 (FREE for students).

Thursday, June 17, 8 pm: Mirror Piece I: Reconfigured, by Joan Jonas
Friday, June 18, 2 pm: Symposium with Marina Abramović, Claire Bishop, Jennifer Blessing, Chrissie Iles, Joan Jonas, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Susan Philipsz, Rebecca Schneider, Nancy Spector, and Nat Trotman

Six years after the groundbreaking (Re)Presenting Performance symposium was held at the Guggenheim, artists, curators, and theorists gather for a two-day program to discuss issues manifested in recent performance-based work at the museum. Referencing site specificity, live action, the place of memory, and the role of the document, focused presentations provide an opportunity to think deeply about specific practices in contemporary art. As part of the symposium, Joan Jonas will re-present her seminal 1969 performance Mirror Piece I, newly expanded specifically for the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda. For more information and tickets, visit guggenheim.org/publicprograms or call the Box Office at 212 423 3587.

Monday, June 21–Friday, June 25
Live chat: Thursday, June 24, 3 pm EST

As conventionally imagined, modernity is tied to the idea of invention. But that impulse has been counterbalanced by another, toward repetition and a return to the past. This installment of Guggenheim Forum, an online discussion unfolding over the course of one week, asks whether modern times are obsessive-compulsive; whether our psyches really require us to reenact traumatic events; why reenactment has become an important device in contemporary art; and how the relationship to repetition varies across creative mediums.

Moderator and live-chat host:
Simon During, author, Exit Capitalism: Literary Culture, Theory and Post-Secular Modernity (2010)

Drew Daniel, Johns Hopkins University; author, 20 Jazz Funk Greats (2008); member of Matmos
John Malpede, performer and director; founder, Los Angeles Poverty Department
Amy Taubin, contributing editor, Film Comment and Sight and Sound; author, Taxi Driver (2008)

Visit guggenheim.org/forum to participate in the discussion and live chat.

*Image above:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Purchased with funds contributed by the Photography Committee 2009.31
© 2010 Joan Jonas
Photo: David Heald and Kristopher McKay

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