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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum announces Rineke Dijkstra. A Retrospective

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective, on view June 29–October 8, 2012.

Rineke Dijkstra, Vondelpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 19, 2005. Chromogenic print, 94 x 117 cm. Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot © Rineke Dijkstra

Since the early 1990s, Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra has produced a complex body of photographic and video work that offers a contemporary take on the genre of portraiture. From June 29 to October 8, 2012 the Guggenheim Museum will present Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective, an extensive midcareer survey and the most comprehensive museum exhibition of the artist’s oeuvre to date. Rineke Dijkstra features over 70 color photographs and five video installations and is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibition is accompanied by the following select public programs.

Artists in conversation
Elaine Terner Cooper Education Fund: Conversations with Contemporary Artists
Rineke Dijkstra and Paul Graham
Tuesday, July 17, 6:30pm

On the occasion of her retrospective, Rineke Dijkstra joins Paul Graham, 2012 Hasselblad Award winner, to speak about shared artistic concerns and distinct critical practices in image making. Moderated by Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography, Guggenheim Museum. A private reception follows.

Inaugurated in 2001, the Elaine Terner Cooper Education Fund: Conversations with Contemporary Artists series provides an opportunity for the public to hear from the most innovative artists working today and about the creative process. Both established and emerging artists, working in all types of mediums, have participated in this enlightening program, including Tacita Dean, Christian Marclay, Catherine Opie, Tino Sehgal, and Hugo Boss Prize 2008 and 2010 winners Emily Jacir and Hans-Peter Feldmann.

Free for students with a valid ID and advance online registration.
For tickets visit or call the Box Office at 212 423 3587.

Teen event
Teen Night at the Guggenheim
Wednesday, July 18, 5–8:30pm
Teens from the New York area are invited to meet the artist Rineke Dijkstra; her longtime subject of an ongoing series of work, Almerisa Sehric; and exhibition curator Jennifer Blessing; talk with teen educators; and enjoy music and refreshments.

Cosponsored by the Museum Teen Summit, NYC.
Free. Registration required. For more information visit

Empathy, Affect, and the Photographic Image
Friday, September 21, 4pm
Leading scholars discuss the role that empathy plays in the interactions among photographer, subject, and viewer. Speakers include Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography, Guggenheim Museum; Johanna Burton, Bard College; Carol Mavor, University of Manchester; and Peggy Phelan, Stanford University. Moderated by George Baker, University of California, Los Angeles. An exhibition viewing and private reception follow the program.

Free for students with a valid ID and advance online registration.
For tickets visit or call the Box Office at 212 423 3587.

Film screenings
Film screenings are free with museum admission and take place in the New Media Theater, located in the Sackler Center for Arts Education.

Rineke Dijkstra Selects
Fridays, Aug 31 and Sept 7, 14, 21, 28 at 1pm
On the occasion of Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective, the Guggenheim presents a short program of film and video works carefully assembled by the artist. The program includes Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999), Mark Leckey’s acclaimed short film portraying British nightlife from fragments of found video footage; Pierre Huyghe’s Blanche-Neige Lucie (1997), his short film capturing the struggle of Lucie Dolene, who sued Disney to regain possession of the copyright to her own voice in the French dubbed version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; as well as Blind Kind (1964), Johan van der Keuken’s poetic short documentary about a school for blind children in Amsterdam, which captures firsthand the children’s insight into their perception of the world around them. For the complete schedule visit

Courtesy Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Marian Goodman Gallery and Pierre Huyghe, and Mrs. N. van der Lely. Film screenings are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Free with museum admission and no advance registration is required. Tours begin at 2pm in the museum rotunda.
Friday, July 6, Curator’s Eye, led by Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography
Friday, August 24, Curator’s Eye, led by Susan Thompson, Curatorial Assistant
Friday, September 28, Conservator’s Eye, led by Jeffrey Warda, Conservator, Paper

For visitors with disabilities
Mind’s Eye
Monday, August 6, 6:30pm
For visitors who are partially sighted or blind, please join us for a tour and discussion of Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective conducted through Verbal Imaging and Touch. Free; space is limited. Advance RSVP is required by Monday, July 30. To RSVP call 212 360 4355 or e-mail [email protected]. For more information visit

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