Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue

Because of the challenges in predicting the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and in consultation with public health experts, city and state officials, the institution is closed until further notice. Click here for latest infor... more

Because of the challenges in predicting the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and in consultation with public health experts, city and state officials, the institution is closed until further notice. Click here for latest information form the NYC Dept of health. The Guggenheim holds a unique place in the history of New York City's museums. Established some sixty years ago by philanthropist Solomon R. Guggenheim and artist-advisor Hilla Rebay, it first assumed temporary residence in a former automobile showroom on East 54th Street in New York. The "Museum of Non-Objective Painting," as it was then known, took as its basis the radical new forms of art being developed by such artists as Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Piet Mondrian. The insistence of its founders on a wholly new kind of art seen in a wholly new kind of space set the Guggenheim on its path. Throughout its history, it has stood as a groundbreaking institution geared as much toward the promise of the future as the preservation of the past. The belief in preservation was furthered by a recent extensive restoration of the museum’s exterior, which as of 2008 is now nearly complete. The innov... more

Because of the challenges in predicting the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and in consultation with public health experts, city and state officials, the institution is closed until further notice.

Click here for latest information form the NYC Dept of health.


The Guggenheim holds a unique place in the history of New York City's museums. Established some sixty years ago by philanthropist Solomon R. Guggenheim and artist-advisor Hilla Rebay, it first assumed temporary residence in a former automobile showroom on East 54th Street in New York. The "Museum of Non-Objective Painting," as it was then known, took as its basis the radical new forms of art being developed by such artists as Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Piet Mondrian. The insistence of its founders on a wholly new kind of art seen in a wholly new kind of space set the Guggenheim on its path.

Throughout its history, it has stood as a groundbreaking institution geared as much toward the promise of the future as the preservation of the past. The belief in preservation was furthered by a recent extensive restoration of the museum’s exterior, which as of 2008 is now nearly complete. The innovative cylindrical building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has suffered cracks in its concrete surface since the museum opened in 1959. In 2005, twelve layers of paint were removed in order to repair and restore the building’s unique structure. The museum remained open throughout the process as visitors passed under scaffolding to enter the building.

The first permanent home for the museum, as mentioned, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. He envisioned a building that not only broke the rectilinear grid of Manhattan but also shattered existing notions of what a museum could be. He conceived of its curving, continuous space as a "temple of spirit" where viewers could foster a new way of looking. Named the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in honor of its founder, the building opened in 1959, drawing huge crowds and stirring considerable controversy. It has never lost its power to excite and provoke, standing today as one of the great works of architecture produced in the twentieth century.

The museum entered a new era after the naming of Richard Armstrong as director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in late 2008. As director, Mr. Armstrong has a pivotal role in overseeing all aspects of the museums including acquisitions, development, conservation and scholarship.

While the Guggenheim Museum in New York is the Foundation’s flagship museum, there are also several other global branches of the Guggenheim network which include The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain and The Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum is scheduled to open in 2013.


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1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128
(212) 423-3500
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$25 - Adults
$18 - Seniors, Students
Children under 12: Free
Members: Free

This Week's Hours

Mon: 10:00am–5:30pm
Tue: 10:00am–9:00pm
Wed: 10:00am–5:30pm
Thu: 10:00am–5:30pm
Fri: 10:00am–5:30pm
Sat: 10:00am–8:00pm, 5-8pm pay-what-you-wish
Sun: 10:00am–5:30pm

Closed May 23, November 14. Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.

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Works & Process at the Guggenheim Opera Theatre of St Louis

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: Awakenings by Tobias Picker and Aryeh Lev Stollman on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 7:30pm.
 
This opera recounts the fate of the thousands who in the 1920s succumbed to a mysterious sleeping sickness,... [ + ] rendering them immobile and voiceless for more than forty years. Through this time, daughters grew up without their mothers, husbands remarried, and mothers wasted away from grief. Decades later, a brilliant, young doctor, Dr. Oliver Sacks, discovered a revolutionary treatment to bring his patients back to life, though to a world they no longer recognized.
 
Based on Dr. Sacks's book Awakenings, the opera is a moving tale of memories, loss, and life rediscovered. Prior to its world premiere, composer Tobias Picker, librettist Aryeh Lev Stollman, conductor Roberto Kalb, and Artistic Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Awakenings stage director, James Robinson, participate in a moderated discussion with performances from original cast members Joyce El-Khoury, Paul Groves, Jarrett Logan Porter, and David Portillo.
 
TICKETS & VENUE
$45, $40 members (unless otherwise noted)
$10 TodayTix Lottery and student rush tickets one hour before performance, based on availability (student tickets for those under 30 with valid ID)
Priority ticket access and preferred seat selection starts Dec 10 for $500+ Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members at the Associate level and above.
For more information, call 212 758 0024 or 212 423 3587, Mon-Fri, 1-5 pm, or visit worksandprocess.org.
Peter B. Lewis Theater
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
Subway: 4, 5, 6, or Q train to 86th Street
Bus: M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus on Madison or Fifth Avenue
 
Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by the Ford Foundation,
Florence Gould Foundation, the Christian Humann Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
ABOUT COMPOSER TOBIAS PICKER
Tobias Picker, whose music has been described as "displaying a distinctively soulful style that is one of the glories of the current musical scene" by
BBC Music Magazine and "a genuine creator with a fertile unforced vein of invention" by The New Yorker, has drawn performances and commissions by the world's leading musicians, orchestras, and opera houses.

04/05/2020 07:30 PM
Sun, April 05
7:30PM
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$25 - Adults
$18 - Seniors, Students
Children under 12: Free
Members: Free
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Federal Hall: The Democracy Project

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents Federal Hall: The Democracy Project on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 7:30pm.
 
The Democracy Project is a perspective-shifting odyssey through the 531 days when New York City was the nation's first capital; when the presidency was ne... [ + ]w; the slave trade was in debate; and the U.S. Constitution-and the rights of all America's inhabitants-hung in the balance. 
 
Written by Tanya Barfield, Lisa D'Amour, Larissa FastHorse, Melissa James Gibson, Michael R. Jackson and Bruce Norris, and directed by Tamilla Woodard, this new play will premiere in November 2020 as part of the inaugural program for New Day at Federal Hall. This effort, led by the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy at Federal Hall, brings together the nation's finest storytellers to create an array of multidisciplinary new works probing the ideas, ideals, flaws, and contradictions of American democracy as forged at the site.
 
Works & Process invites this team of award-winning theater artists, joined by playwright David Henry Hwang, script consultant Adam Greenfield and producer Lynn Goldner to discuss their remarkable collaboration and present performance highlights.
 
TICKETS & VENUE
$45, $40 members (unless otherwise noted)
$10 TodayTix Lottery and student rush tickets one hour before performance, based on availability (student tickets for those under 30 with valid ID)
Priority ticket access and preferred seat selection starts Dec 10 for $500+ Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members at the Associate level and above.
For more information, call 212 758 0024 or 212 423 3587, Mon-Fri, 1-5 pm, or visit worksandprocess.org.
Peter B. Lewis Theater
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
Subway: 4, 5, 6, or Q train to 86th Street
Bus: M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus on Madison or Fifth Avenue
 
Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by the Ford Foundation,
Florence Gould Foundation, the Christian Humann Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
ARTIST BIOS
 
Tanya Barfield's plays include Bright Half Life, The Call, Blue Door and Of Equal Measure. In 2016, the Profile Theatre (Portland, Oregon) devoted an entire season to Barfield's work. Tanya is the winner of a PEN/Laura Pels Theater Award, LAMDA Literary Award, a Lilly Award and Helen Merrill Playwriting Award. Tanya also writes for television and shares a Writers Guild of America Award for her work on The Americans (FX).

05/03/2020 07:30 PM
Sun, May 03
7:30PM
$
$25 - Adults
$18 - Seniors, Students
Children under 12: Free
Members: Free
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