Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave. (at 88th street)
Hours: Sunday - Wednesday 10 am - 6 pm
Friday - Saturday 10 am - 8 pm
Fee: $6 for adults, $4 students and seniors,
under 12 free; Friday nights
6-8 pm pay what you wish
To get there: 4, 5, or 6 to 86th street; leave station, walk west towards
the park, and then north two blocks
The Guggenheim's (the Goog) collection of modern art is almost as famous as
the architectural wonder that houses it. Frank Lloyd Wright's last
completed commission before his death in 1959 is a stunning example of
modern architecture gone utterly right. Picture a luscious white curved
exterior housing a filling of an exemplary collection of modern art from
all over the world. It kicks.
If you aren't into modern art, at least come to see the building. It is the
convergence of Wright's theoretical architecture made into being. It is
also a monument to his tenacity and stubbornness. The interior walls of the
rotunda are angled. When someone objected to the angle in the planning
stages, Wright simply replied that they angled walls were staying as they
were the same angle as an easel and paintings are best seen on an easel.
Um, right. if you adore modern architecture, this place will give you a
chill up you spine that won't be easily forgotten.
Collection: The best modern art that money can buy. The collection was
begun early in this century, so it is quite comprehensive. You will find
all the notable artists of the 20th century and then some. The Goog also
has changing exhibitions in addition to the permanent collection. Call
ahead to find out what they have on display.
Commentary by Heather Babb, Monday, January 25, 1998.
|Photo: Risa / Models: Jill Barone and Leonora Unser-Schutz|