Saturday, August 22, 2015

writers and artists cross-pollinate at the Guggenheim, NYC

A week after the exhibit opened wonder | wander | women were at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue in New York City to view over 100 works in diverse mediums by 48 international artists from the Guggenheim’s contemporary collection. 

Agnieszka Kurant, The End of Signature, 2015

Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim explores mediums and methods current art and artists are harnessing to tell their stories and expand on conventional narrative devices such as plot, character and setting. Much of these pieces are on view for the first time. 

The show is enhanced by the contributions of renowned novelists and poets, who were invited to reflect on individual artworks as points of departure for their own creative work. 

Installation ViewStorylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim

Natascha Sadr Haghighian's I can't work like this 2007

Accompanied by gallery readings, screenings, and performances, which include an all-night dance partyStorylines is on view in the rotunda from June 5 to September 9, 2015. 

#TeamWoaWomen were a party of our own - eager to search, survey and study these storytelling from our own different perspective, experience and application. As bloggers, artists and multi media mavens storytelling is an art form we applaud and uphold. 

An introduction to Storylines

In the 90s, a new generation of artists opted out of the deconstruction of representation, embracing instead more intimate, open-ended acts of storytelling - weaving in their own accounts of beliefs, race, gender, and sexuality. 

Embedding their stories in abstract contexts, symbols and forms, this new born art minutely and infinitely exploited and expounded a variety of facets within forms. This then were often multiplied and set loose on platforms encouraging input and interaction from viewers. 

Agnieszka Kurant, Phantom Library, 2011–12 (detail)

Where art was an individual and introspective experience in the past, contemporary art is inclusive and interactive - exploding out into a social and communal world, connecting and engaging art with artist and audience. 

Taking the historical moment of these works as its starting point, Storylines offers an updated view of how the museum’s global collection practices have evolved over the past decade. 

Carol Bove, Vague Pure Affection, 2012

Numerous works acquired through international collaborations, such as the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, demonstrate the ways artists have engaged narrative forms to communicate ideas about identity, history, and politics. 

Kevin Killian wrote The Harlequin Tea Set,
reflecting on Fujiwara’s 2011 video installation 
Rehearsal for a Reunion (with the Father of Pottery).

A number of the works in Storylines were produced as a part of commissioning programs, continuing to build upon the museum’s rich history of catalyzing the creation and exhibition of new work. 

Catch this exhibit before it end on September 9. 

Allow yourselves the opportunity to get caught up in a fine tale. 

Strange Fruit by Kevin Beasley: sculptures
made of sneakers, speakers, and microphones

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