Tomorrow that white helical stack by the park begins to host the self-referential exhibit Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum. Frank Lloyd Wright’s last major ta-da inspired many site-specific installation fantasies, and for it’s 50th anniversary the building gets a tribute via salon-style exhibition of Guggenheim fetish dreams, if only in theory.
200 artists, architects and designers participated in this vanity, producing visual representation of such reveries as a red smoke monster and an orange coil of mesh, spiraling up Big G’s insides to allow visitors to frolic up in there… which will never happen, sadly, lest all lawyers magically die off. So, alas, it’s only renderings.
The exhibition’s title plays on Aristotle’s meanderings on “nature” and how it “abhors a vacuum.” Translation: a void needs to be filled with creation or, in the context of the exhibit: The museum’s heavenly cavern’s gape needs to get packed with interior architecture, blasted with sound art, plugged with conceptual smoke, colorfully lit, scaled and otherwise penetrated.
Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, Feb 12 – April 28, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue