Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Announces Public Programs Organized in Conjunction With Lee Ufan Marking Infinity Exhibition

Lee Ufan, “From Line,” 1977. Glue and mineral pigment on canvas 182 x 227 cm. The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Photo: Nic Tenwiggenhorn, Düsseldorf/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, courtesy Lee Ufan.

New Commission: On Vanishing choreography by Jonah Bokaer
Thursday, July 14, 6 pm and 8 pm

Award-winning dance and media artist Jonah Bokaer has created a new site-specific choreography to be performed on the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Rotunda floor in response to the exhibition Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity. Referencing Lee’s multidisciplinary use of space, On Vanishing unfolds as an uninterrupted 40-minute work and presents an accumulation of changes in the bodies of five performers of diverse backgrounds. Through movement and gesture, dimensions of space grow and expand over time, while other dimensions decline. In his first-ever choreographic dialogue with sculpture, Bokaer poses the question “How does the body erase itself, to prefer matter against presence?” Loren Kiyoshi Dempster contributes music with a rare live performance of John Cage’s One8 (1991) for solo cello. Admission is limited and will involve floor seating or standing on museum ramps. On Vanishing is generously supported by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation. See the Public Programs schedule for tickets and more information.

Art of Encounter
Tuesday, July 26, 6:30 pm
Situated within Lee Ufan’s historic Mono-ha “School of Things” work from the late 1960s–early 1970s and the recent Dialogue paintings series, a gathering of poets, critics, philosophers, and multidisciplinary artists read excerpts from Lee Ufan’s writings on aesthetics and philosophy translated into English. Celebrated readers include Jonah Bokaer, Young-ha Kim, Larissa MacFarquhar, Andrew Solomon, John Yau, and others. A reception follows. See the Public Programs schedule for tickets and more information

Anpo: Art X War
Fridays, July 1–September 23 (except July 15), 1 and 3 pm
Directed by Linda Hoaglund
ANPO: Art X War chronicles the artistic response to U.S. military presence in postwar Japan, a movement which produced a richly diverse corpus of art and film. The social and political protests that spread around the world in the 1960s effected radical shifts in artistic practice; it is within this context that artist-philosopher Lee Ufan boldly expanded the language of Post-Minimalism and its visual and conceptual possibilities. ANPO refers to the U.S.-Japan Mutual Cooperation and Security Treaty, which permits the continued presence of U.S. military bases in Japan. A wide range of Japanese artists addressed this resistance, creating a rich archive of works that includes many long hidden from view. This film reveals the extraordinary passion behind this treasure trove of paintings, photographs, anime, and documentary and narrative films. Director Linda Hoaglund will be available for questions after the 3pm screening on September 9. Films are free with museum admission. Film screenings are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Mind’s Eye
Monday, July 11, 6:30 pm
Serving visitors who are partially sighted or blind, this monthly program provides an opportunity to explore Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity through Verbal Imaging and interactive discussion led by arts and education professionals committed to shared conversational exchange. RSVP required. Learn more about Mind’s Eye programs.

Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity is made possible with lead sponsorship from Samsung. Major support is provided by the Korea Foundation. Generous funding is also provided by The Japan Foundation. Additional support is provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. The Leadership Committee is gratefully acknowledged.

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