Installation view: Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 5–September 9, 2015. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Mariana Castillo Deball Stelae Storage, 2013 (detail) Metal rack, plaster plates, and 28 inkjet prints mounted on cardboard 59 1/16 x 59 1/16 x 31 1/2 inches (150 x 150 x 80 cm) overall Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund 2014.13 © Mariana Castillo Deball Photo: Kristopher McKay
Installation view: Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 5 – September 9, 2015. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
"STORYLINES: CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE GUGGENHEIM"
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York,
5 June – 9 September 2015
Featuring nearly one hundred works from the Guggenheim’s contemporary collection, this full-rotunda exhibition will examine the diverse ways in which artists today engage with storytelling through installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance.
Opening with examples from the mid-1990s by Matthew Barney, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and Catherine Opie, the core of the presentation will focus on work made since 2005 that expands and transforms the narrative strategies established in these foundational works. Moving beyond plot, character, and mise-en-scene, the artists featured in this exhibition engage the histories and cultural associations embedded in bodies, materials, and found objects. Through research, appropriation, and careful attention to techniques of display and process, they create images, objects, and performative situations intended to be read in space as well as in time. As a means of foregrounding this dynamic, the curators will invite a number of authors and poets to contribute short reflections on selected works in the exhibition. Presented in addition to standard exhibition didactics, the resulting polyphony of voices will signal the subjective interpretive potential that lies within each object on display.
Artists in the exhibition will include Paweł Althamer, Kevin Beasley, Carol Bove, Trisha Donnelly, Simon Fujiwara, Rachel Harrison, Camille Henrot, Rashid Johnson, Matt Keegan, Mark Manders, Josephine Meckseper, R. H. Quaytman, Alexandre Singh, Agathe Snow, Danh Vo, and Haegue Yang, among others. The exhibition is organized by Katherine Brinson, Curator, Contemporary Art; Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator; Nat Trotman, Associate Curator; and Joan Young, Director, Curatorial Affairs; with support from Carmen Hermo, Curatorial Assistant, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The Leadership Committee for Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim is gratefully acknowledged for its support, with special thanks to Chair Roberta Amon, as well as Gael Neeson and Stefan Edlis and Courtney and Scott Taylor. Additional funding for this exhibition is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts and The Polish Cultural Institute New York.
Rachel Harrison All in the Family, 2012 Wood, polystyrene, cement, wire, acrylic paint, and Hoover vacuum cleaner, 93 1/2 x 31 x 35 inches (237.5 x 78.7 x 88.9 cm) Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Purchased with funds contributed by the International Director’s Council 2012.126 © Rachel Harrison Photo courtesy Greene Naftali Gallery 9, 2015. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York