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Agnieszka Kurant, Phantom Library, 201112 (detail) © Agnieszka Kurant. Photo: Jean Vong. Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
The Guggenheim Museum, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute New York present

Pawel Althamer and Agnieszka Kurant
Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim

Friday, June 5, 2015 - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Guggenheim Museum, New York City

Featuring nearly one hundred works from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation'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 key examples from the 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. The exhibition will include works by Polish artists Pawel Althamer and Agnieszka Kurant, as well as 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, Haegue Yang, and others.


The exhibition is organized by Katherine Brinson, Curator, Contemporary Art; Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator; Nat Trotman, Associate Curator; and Joan Young, Director, Curatorial Affairs, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum with support from Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator, Collections.


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