Guggenheim museum receives $1 million

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

New York –The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was selected for a $1 million Chairman’s Special Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for its upcoming exhibition, The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia , 1860–1989.

The exposition will feature approximately 270 works and will represent over 100 artists, including: Allen Ginsberg, Mark Tobey and Roy Lichtenstein. The exhibition will illuminate the dynamic and complex impact of Asian art, literary texts, music, and philosophical concepts on American art from the late 19th century to the contemporary period. It is organized into seven chronological and thematic sections.

As Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum said: “Through this project, we intend to present a new understanding and appreciation of the historical, cultural, and intellectual forces that shaped the modern imagination and creative culture of American artists.”

This unprecedented survey exhibition will challenge the widely accepted view of the development of American modern art as a dialogue with European sources.

“The Guggenheim has a history of bringing to American audiences world-renowned works of art that broaden the nation’s understanding of the world and our place in it,” said Bruce Cole, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Its new exhibition on the influence of Asian art and thought on American artists is exceptional for its scope, scholarly content, and the dynamic appeal it will have for audiences in each city it visits. The Endowment is proud to support the Guggenheim and provide this project with a Chairman’s Special Award designation.”

The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia , 1860–1989 will be accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue of nearly 500 pages with scholarly essays by museum curators and academics specializing in American art history, intellectual history, Asian studies, and postcolonial religious and cultural studies. The exhibition will also include panel discussions and lectures, a film and video series, a literary and performing arts series, a school tour and workshop program and integrated digital components such as an interactive website, podcasts, and an audio tour.

For today Guggenheim Museum is the only museum of the USA in the history of existence of NEH fund to have received this grant. The nominees are to have the unusual progressive conception, national significance and the contribution to the history of humanities. As the presiding commissioners of NEH believe the new exhibition satisfies these criterions.

The exhibition will be on view at the Guggenheim Museum till April 19, 2009.

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