Worldwide icon-chevron-right North America icon-chevron-right United States icon-chevron-right New York State icon-chevron-right New York icon-chevron-right Best exhibitions, current and upcoming, at the Guggenheim Museum

Best exhibitions, current and upcoming, at the Guggenheim Museum

Check out the fall and winter crop of exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum in our essential guide

Photograph: David Heald, © 2018 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
By Time Out editors |
Advertising

Designed by original starchitect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is arguably the only New York museum that shows art inside a work of art. The Gugg’s famed nautilus-shaped home on Fifth Avenue sets it apart from other NYC art institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum Modern Art (MoMA) and the Brooklyn Museum, but what truly makes the building a global icon is its stunning interior rotunda and oculus. There, along its ascending ramps, you’ll find a world-class collection, as well a full slate of temporary shows as noted in our complete list of the best exhibitions, current and upcoming, at the Guggenheim Museum.

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best NYC art museums

Current and upcoming Guggenheim exhibits

1
Robert Mapplethorpe, Self Portrait, 1980
Photograph: Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
Art, Photography

Mapplethorpe

icon-location-pin Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side
icon-calendar

Few photographers have obtained the mythic stature of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989), whose style imparted an austere, almost brutal, beauty to controversial subject matter. Mapplethorpe’s large-format, black-and-white photos (produced, more often than not, within the controlled environs of a studio) reflected his life as a gay artist working in the Downtown demimonde of post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS new York—a period when the utopian promise of sexual liberation gave way to the fear of plague. Indeed, Mapplethorpe seemed to find a connection between eros and thanatos in almost all of his photos, from floral still-lives to homoerotic celebrations of the male body. Those images and more are recalled in this two-part retrospective marking the 30th anniversary of the his death.

2
Laurie Simmons, First Bathroom/Woman Kneeling, 1978
Photograph: Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © Laurie Simmons
Art, Contemporary art

“Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection”

icon-location-pin Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side
icon-calendar

For this deep dive into the Guggenheim’s holdings of 20th-century art, curatorial duties are being handed over to six artists—Paul Chan, Cai Guo-Qiang, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Richard Prince and Carrie Mae Weems—who’ve had previous solo shows at the Gugg. Some 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper will chart the course of modernism, from the avant-garde energy of its early days to the fin de sciecle weariness of its closing chapters, through the differing perspectives of each artist.

Advertising
3
Simone Leigh The Village Series #4, 2018
Photograph: © Simone Leigh, courtesy the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York
Art, Contemporary art

“The Hugo Boss Prize 2018: Simone Leigh, Loophole of Retreat”

icon-location-pin Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side
icon-calendar

The Guggenheim bestows the twelfth edition of its annual $100,000 prize and accompanying solo exhibition to sculptor Simone Leigh whose work could be described as a kind of homage to the strength and fortitude that African-American women have displayed in the face of adversity throughout American history, from the travails of slavery to the Black Lives Matter protests of today. One such figure was Harriet Jacobs (1813–1897), and abolitionist and former slave who wrote a harrowing account of her years hiding from her masters in the rafters of her grandmother’s house. Her story provides the inspiration for the exhibition, which includes ceramic objects and a sound installation. This year is shaping up to be a huge one for the Chicago-born artist: In addition to this show, she will making an appearance in the 2019 Whitney Biennial, and will also inaugurate the High Line's new public art platform, The Plinth, with a monumental, 16-foot-tall bust of a black woman.

4
Édouard Manet, Before the Mirror (Devant la glace), 1876
Photograph: Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Tanhhauser Collection

Presented as an ongoing exhibition, The Guggenheim’s core collection of 19th- and early-20th Century European art comprises works by Manet, Matisse, Gauguin and Picasso, to name just a very few. It was permanently gifted to the museum in 1978 by the family of eponymous benefactor Justin K. Thannhauser, whose father Louis was a pioneering modern art dealer in Munich during the early 1900s.

Want to know more about mid-century architecture?

Barnebys Ecomm Widget

More to explore

Advertising