Please join Works & Process Young Friends for a private viewing of Doug Wheeler's PSAD: Synthetic Desert III and Maurizio Cattelan's "America."
Wednesday, July 19
6 - 8:30 pm - Reception in Café 3
6:30 - 8:30 pm - Doug Wheeler and Maurizio Cattelan Viewings
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
$40 Works & Process Young Friend
$50 Guest of Works & Process Young Friend
Doug Wheeler: PSAD Synthetic Desert III (1917)
For PSAD Synthetic Desert III (1971), Doug Wheeler has altered the structure and configuration of a museum gallery in order to control optical and acoustic experience. He has transformed the room into a hermetic realm, a "semi-anechoic chamber" designed to minimize noise and induce a sensate impression of infinite space. Wheeler likens this sensation of light and sound to the perception of vast space in the deserts of northern Arizona. While Synthetic Desert is deeply grounded in the artist's experience of the natural world, the work does not describe the landscape. Its form is strictly abstract.
Because Synthetic Desert is best experienced with as few extraneous sounds and distractions as possible, each visitation group is limited to five people. Timed tickets are required.
Maurizio Cattelan: "America"
Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan's bold, irreverent work skewers social complacencies and reimagines cultural icons. On the occasion of his 2011-12 retrospective at the Guggenheim, which featured virtually every work he had ever made suspended from the oculus of the rotunda, Cattelan announced his retirement from art making. Five years later, he returns from this self-imposed exile with a new, ongoing project at the museum. For "America" Cattelan replaced the toilet in this restroom with a fully functional replica cast in 18-karat gold, making available to the public an extravagant luxury product seemingly intended for the 1 percent. Its participatory nature, in which viewers are invited to make use of the fixture individually and privately, allows for an experience of unprecedented intimacy with a work of art. Cattelan's toilet offers a wink to the excesses of the art market but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all-its utility ultimately reminding us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity.
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