Contemplating the Void:
Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum

February

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Group Tour
Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum
David van der Leer

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
6:30 p.m.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
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This group tour is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email Nick Anderson at anderson@archleague.org.

David van der Leer, Assistant Curator for Architecture and Design, will lead a group tour of Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, an exhibition of renderings of speculative projects from over 200 artists, architects, and designers asked to imagine their dream interventions in the Guggenheim Museum’s central rotunda. Attendees will also have the chance to see Anish Kapoor’s sculptural installation, “Memory.”

CTV-V.221_MADSince its opening in 1959, the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Guggenheim building has served as an inspiration for invention, challenging artists and architects to react to its eccentric, organic design. The central void of the rotunda has elicited many unique responses over the years, which have been manifested in both site specific solo shows and memorable exhibition designs. For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum invited more than two hundred artists, architects, and designers to imagine their dream interventions in the space. Organized by Nancy Spector, Chief Curator, and David van der Leer, Assistant Curator for Architecture and Design, the exhibition will feature renderings of these visionary projects in a salon-style installation that will emphasize the rich and diverse range of the proposals received.

Submissions were received from all over the world from a wide range of artists, designers, and architects, including emerging as well as established practitioners. For a complete list of participating architects, designers, and artists, click here.

Reservations are required. Due to the limited number of tickets and to facilitate fair access across our membership, reservations are limited to members only. Upper level members, including League Circle firms, are limited to two reservations. Reservations will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 2. Reservations received before 10:00 a.m. on February 2 will not be honored. Please email anderson@archleague.org. Further program information will be given upon confirmation.

This program was made possible in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Images from top to bottom: Anish Kapoor (b. 1954, Bombay), Untitled, 2009 (detail). Three digital prints, one print, 31.8 x 41.6 cm; two prints, 39.4 x 31 cm. Artwork © Anish Kapoor; MAD Architects (Yansong Ma), Beijing, State Fair Guggenheim, 2009. Digital print, 96.5 x 68.6 cm. Artwork © MAD.

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