Tomorrow, March 27—Join scholar of the ancient world and NYU professor Lorenzo d’Alfonso for a discussion about the origins of the Hurrian Hymn, the earliest-known example of musical notation.

Gallery Talk: A Modern Conversation on the Oldest Song in the World
Brunch today at The Wright, as they dish out delicious waffle specials and get to experience Sarah Crowner's installation.

Artwork: Sarah Crowner, Backdrop (after Rodhe, 1961), 2017
Happy birthday Matthew Barney, the first winner of the Hugo Boss Prize in 1996. Barney presented "CREMASTER 1" at the following exhibition, an installment in what would become an epic five-part film cycle that includes Barney scaling the Guggenheim's rotunda.

Installation view, "The Cremaster Cycle", 2003. Photo: David Heald.
Can you spot us on this week's cover of The New Yorker? Artist Luci Gutiérrez's illustration "Shelf Life", wonderfully depicts Manhattan as a bookshelf, including some of New York City's museums (New Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, and American Museum of Natural History).

"I just want you to experience something that you’ve never experienced before, and I think it will be elating. I think you will experience a sense of expanse and distance."—Doug Wheeler on PSAD Synthetic Desert III via The New York Times. The immersive installation is now open to the public.

Desert Silence, Transposed to the Cacophony of New York
In 1930, Hilla Rebay and Solomon R. Guggenheim visited the studio of Piet Mondrian in Paris for the first time. Hilla Rebay purchased "Composition No. 1: Lozenge with Four Lines" (1930) for her private collection, finding a deep connection with her fellow modern artist, while Solomon was less enthusiastic about the artist's work. Today, the Guggenheim collection includes more than ten of...
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Doug Wheeler: PSAD Synthetic Desert III opens tomorrow, March 24, showcasing the first-ever realized work from a group of installations conceived by Doug Wheeler during the late 1960s and ’70s. "Synthetic Desert" (1971) is what Wheeler calls a “semi-anechoic chamber,” a space designed to suppress all but the lowest levels of ambient sound. Through a subtle application of the technology of...
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“The essential feature of adventure is that it is a going forward
into unknown territory”—Agnes Martin, born today in 1912. Our 2016 comprehensive survey traced Martin's career from her early experiments of the 1950s through her mature oeuvre and final paintings. Learn more about the artist's subtle and evocative stripped paintings and her signarure grid-pattern works: [ Link ]

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Throughout March we are celebrating women artists in our collection, and on view in our exhibitions—Claire Falkenstein's "Set Structure with Cylinders" (1944), on view in Visionaries, presents a single, unified mass but can also be broken down into discrete sculptural elements. Similar works, which Falkenstein called “exploding volumes,” were intended to be taken apart and reassembled by the...
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“Forget yourself. Become one with eternity. Become part of your environment.”—Yayoi Kusama, in celebration of her 88th birthday today! Kusama's six-decade career spans painting and drawing, collage and soft-sculpture, installation and environments, as well as happenings and experimental film. An exhibition of Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors is currently on view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture...
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On May 18, Solange will activate the Guggenheim's iconic rotunda space with An Ode To—an interdisciplinary performance piece and meditation examining themes from A Seat at the Table through movement, installation work, and experimentation through re-constructing musical arrangements. Presented as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2017, Solange will fill the museum with...
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The restoration of Jackson Pollock's 1947 painting "Alchemy" is "an exemplary international and interdisciplinary collaboration where scientists, conservators and art historians worked together to understand the materials and to design appropriate treatments."—Carol Stringari, Guggenheim Deputy Director and Chief Conservator

Learn how the Guggenheim conservation team in collaboration with...
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"Museums and cultural institutions can take an active role in gender equality and drive social change."—Curator, Megan Fontanella. Last week, Megan Fontanella joined Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women to talk about the importance of gender equality and the power of arts for HeForShe Arts Week. Watch highlights from the panel: [ Link...
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Celebrate the first day of spring with Paul Klee's "Flower Bed" (1913), on view now in Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim. Learn more: [ Link ]
Theoretician, teacher, and artist Josef Albers was born today in 1888. Originally a professor at the Bauhaus, Albers immigrated to the United States where his theories influenced American artists like Peter Halley, Donald Judd, and Robert Rauschenberg. An artist in his own right, Albers experimented with shimmering color contrasts and the illusion of receding and advancing planes—which were...
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#FrankLloydWright's spiral building is one of the world's most photographed attractions. We welcome visitors from all over the world to experience the building, special exhibitions, and to capture the perfect photograph. Thank you all for your continued support and love of art and architecture at the Guggenheim! #FrankLloydWrightFridays
"Guggenheim Collection: Brancusi" is now on view! In gallery space devoted to the permanent collection, the exhibition showcases work by sculptor Constantin Brancusi. Selected from the Guggenheim's rich holdings, the works on view offer a sample of the artist's innovative body of work, which altered the trajectory of modern sculpture. Learn more: [ Link ]

Photos: David Heald
On St Patrick's Day, enjoy Grace Hartigan's "Ireland" (1958) from The Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Hartigan was one of the few women painters to receive a level of exposure comparable to her counterparts in the Abstract Expressionist movement, like Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, and Jackson Pollock. Learn more: [ Link ]
Starting in the 1950s, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection artist Jean Tinguely used nontraditional scrap materials and motors to create kinetic, performative, and often self-destructing sculptures that were meant to portray certain craziness and rush in this technological civilization. His work "Baluba No. 5", is part of a series of sculptures portraying a lively, joyous group of totemic...
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Artsy explores Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin's . . . circle through New York, which is "made up of a lot of really intimate, small moments and experiences".

This Art Project is Putting Work from the Guggenheim in a Bronx Pet Shop and a Harlem Church