Photo: David Heald

This month, hear directly from contemporary artists at the Guggenheim Museum during programs that engage with exhibitions on view, including Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection and Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story. The museum is also celebrating 60 years as an architectural icon in October. Enjoy special programs and new ways to experience the unique Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building all month long.

Conversations and Tours

Reflections on Artistic License: Paul Chan
Tuesday, October 8

For the Guggenheim’s first artist-curated exhibition, Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection, six contemporary artists combed through the museum’s extensive holdings, using their unique perspectives to shape this bold presentation of nearly 300 works. Paul Chan reflects on his process as a curator and discusses his selections exploring the motif of the bather throughout art history. Tickets

Responding to Wright: Architects Design for the Guggenheim
Monday, October 21

On the 60th anniversary, three esteemed architects—Lise Anne Couture, Hani Rashid, and Meejin Yoon—who have interpreted and engaged the museum’s rotunda discuss their site-specific exhibition design interventions and their experience working with Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural icon. Tickets

Eye to Eye: Shaun Leonardo
Tuesday, October 29

Artist Shaun Leonardo leads an intimate, participatory experience within Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story, drawing from his own practice in a format that combines a gallery tour, poetic response, conversations, and a movement-based workshop. Tickets

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