How often do you come to an art museum not just for an exhibition but for the museum itself? The building of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, which resembles a spaceship from a vintage sci-fi movie and an ancient temple at the same time, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019. Designed by the trailblazer of 20th-century American architecture Frank Lloyd Wright, it is the epitome of the modernist movement. However, the inside of this museum is just as worthy of your attention as the outside. Fine Art Shippers recently visited the Guggenheim Museum and stopped by the amazing exhibition titled “Going Dark: The Contemporary Figure at the Edge of Visibility.”
Fine Art Shippers Visited the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NYC
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is a major cultural hub, educational center, and Mecca for all art and architecture enthusiasts of the world. The institution presents a diverse program for visitors of all ages, including daily tours, educational lectures by leading experts in the field, and special contemporary and modern art exhibitions. The first additions to its collection consisted of works by Wassily Kandinsky, Rudolf Bauer, and Rolph Scarlett, along with other pieces from Solomon Guggenheim’s collection. It was in the circular walls of the Museum that the general American public was given a chance to see works by iconic modernist artists for the very first time.
If you were to visit the Guggenheim Museum today, you would be met with a haunting display of tall, thin, hooded figures. The exhibition titled “Going Dark: The Contemporary Figure at the Edge of Visibility” shows works by contemporary artists of color, delving into the question of visibility, a prominent issue in the current political and social climate.
Paintings, sculptures, photographs, works of video art, and installations by 28 artists present 28 different views on the concept that has been on everyone’s lips for the longest time. What does it mean to be seen, and what sacrifices must one make to fight against erasure? The show explores invisibility and, echoing the famous quote by Michael Foucault, hypervisibility, which traps an individual in its spotlight.
Once you visit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, you will forever compare every art institution (or even building) you see in your life to Wright’s perfectly balanced, minimalist creation. It is indeed a unique place you will never forget.