New York. Summer nits and bitsThe non-opening of the Guggenheim
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AC/MLI/ES/EXPOSI/IONSNew YorkSummer nits and bitsThe non-opening of the GuggenheimAs June rolled around, it became painfully obvious that no one in New York was waiting with bated breath for the reopening of the Guggenheim Museum later that month. Despite plans for a frenetic, five-day schedule of dinners and receptions, despite remodeled and expanded galleries on upper Fifth Avenue and a new, hopefully hip mini branch downtown (several floors of a loft building in SoHo), despite a wedding for minimalist fluorescent-meister Dan Flavin in the Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda - in other words, despite all attempts at overorchestrated bombast designed to awe the viewer, stroke and satiate the multinational corporate sponsors, and generally provide an apotheosis of state-of-the-art art management under the aegis of networked institutional wealth - despite these assiduous preparations, the Guggenheim's imminent reopening produced no heightened public expectancy, no gushing salivations commensurate with the apparent self importance of the museum. It remained a curiously neutral, insular event, a party thrown by the museum, for the museum, and in the museum, with no aesthetic fallout and no soul: lots of money and lots of well manicured infrastructure, but no spiritual core.In fact, aside from wondering whether the actual physical reconstruction would be completed by showtime (it wasn't, and only one floor of the SoHo mini-branch was opened for the opening), the major response of New York's art community was to demonstrate against the Guggenheim's paternalistic curatorial choices, as organisations such as the Guerilla Girls, Women's Action Coalition, and Godzilla (an Asian artists' collective) gathered in strength outside the downtown opening to oppose the mainly white, male (and, might I add, deceased) constituency of that exhibition: Brancusi, Kandinsky, Beuys, Robert Ryman, and Carl Andre, with Louise Bourgeois thrown in as a clearly perceived token gesture, a sop to...
|Auteur :||Steven Kaplan|
|Titre :||New York. Summer nits and bits : the non-opening of the Guggenheim|
|Revue :||ETC, Numéro 20, novembre 1992, février 1993, p. 47-50|
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