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Be a Part of It: Join WNYC at a Guggenheim Happening

Thursday, January 07, 2010

The Guggenheim Museum (David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2008.)

On Friday, January 29, the Guggenheim Museum opens a highly unusual exhibit. It will not contain a single object: no paintings, sculptures, videos or installations. 

London-born conceptual artist Tino Sehgal will stage a series of happenings (or, as he calls them, "constructed situations") in which performers carry out his instructions – actions that could very well include the participation of museum spectators.

What exactly will go down at the Guggenheim remains a mystery. All we know is that it will involve a lot of 8-to-12-year-old children. If his past works any indication, it should be totally weird: Sehgal has gotten dancers to perform choreography inspired by other works of conceptual art and had a museum guard bounce around and exclaim, “This is good.” To add another layer to all of this, the artist does not allow his work to be documented -- either in film, photography, score or written certificate. His happenings, however, as Gugg curator Nancy Spector writes in the catalogue’s essay, can “be written about or transmitted from person to person in an interpretive chain constructed of recollection and the spoken word.”

Which is why we are turning to you. If the only record of Sehgal’s pieces are the people who witness or participate in them, then we would like an additional witness for the purpose of our coverage. We would like to invite one listener to join WNYC at the Guggenheim’s special media preview of the exhibit on the morning of Thursday, January 28. You'll be part of our review of the show.

How to apply: Leave us a comment of 100 words or less below. Tell us who you are, and why you want to come along. The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 18 at 5 pm.

See you at the Gugg.

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Comments [100]

Carolina Miranda from Brooklyn

Thanks everyone for leaving all of these absolutely wonderful posts! The producers and I will now shut ourselves in a dark room with all the entries and we won't come out until we have a candidate!

Best,
Carolina

Jan. 18 2010 11:10 PM
Irene from Brooklyn, NY

This museum is one of the very few in the world that imposes itself on the art, both as a piece of art itself that you are always looking alongside the art and as an 'imperfectly' or untraditionally shaped container for the art. I've only seen several projects there that stand up to the museum itself. I really hope that whoever goes pays attention to this aspect of the performance and lets us all know!

Jan. 18 2010 10:38 PM
Diane

I would like to be part of this because as an artist & Museum Program administrator I am absolutely without any interest (no room for..) artspeak and concepto-babble- I would love an experience that will be "what it is" - an authentic experience that my senses can experience, free from the bla ba blaaaa.

Jan. 18 2010 06:00 PM
Lisa

I just heard about this and may have missed the boat, but here is my pitch regardless:

I'm a graduate student in journalism, with a background in art and art history. But that's not why I'd be a good fit.

I want to come along because I care about people and I care about art. The alchemy that can happen when art and people meet--jostling to get in front of the Mona Lisa, under the Christo Gates, or in hidden tunnels under the west side, or covering over a bare-chested teen in a tattoo shop--are as interesting to me as the people and the pieces. As are the moments when that light never sparks.

I'd also like to see what Tino Sehgal does with these "happenings," a concept that has that gritty 70s art scene feel. What's it like to have a happening with a bunch of kids in an established museum?

Jan. 18 2010 05:58 PM
Iason from Brooklyn

I'm a former journalist and current filmmaker interested in happenings in all its senses. I'm also fairly adept at providing descriptions of my surroundings and their impact in simple (enough) language.

Jan. 18 2010 05:22 PM
Helene from NYC, New York

I would like to be there to witness this 21st century "breakthrough in academic curating"in an important and world famous museum. I admire the work of this artist and, but never experienced in person. I am hopeful to be chosen.

Jan. 18 2010 04:42 PM
Sharon @ Two Coats

C--
Did any other bloggers apply? If not, throw my name in the hat.
http://www.twocoatsofpaint.com

Jan. 18 2010 04:31 PM
Todd from NJ

I grew up on East 80th, went to school on West 88th and skateboarded by the Museum on my way home. I often wondered how I could smuggle by board into the museum. I skateboarded on those ramps at the condo on Madison ave.. I'd love to be at this event.

Jan. 18 2010 04:15 PM
Hethre Contant from Brooklyn

I am a graduate student studying sound at the New School. I look forward to accepting Sehgal's invitation to create and participate in the collective memory of his exhibit. The experience might help clarify (or perhaps further blur) the roles that witness, audience, and spectator play in life's many performances. The Guggenheim has some interesting acoustic properties too—I will be sure to listen for their resonance in the work. I loved Wally Cardona's collaboration with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus in “Really Real” at BAM, so more choreography with children will be fun to see, especially on that giant spiral.

Jan. 18 2010 02:12 PM
Sarah Van Arsdale from Manhattan, Washington Heights

This year I'm making the dizzying leap from working as a novelist to (finally, at last!) making short films from my own watercolor drawings, so all things art are magnetizing to me. This sounds like just the kind of thing I'd love to do and then maybe make some drawings of---maybe even make them into a very, very short film.

Jan. 18 2010 11:09 AM
Arianna

I was raised with the oral tradition. I have been told when I tell a story you feel like you were there - tasted it, saw it, felt it. Let me use my storytelling ability to bring Sehgal to the WNYC listeners. Like Tino – I have a background in political economy and art – all the more reason I would like to be chosen to translate his staged situation. Besides, I want to see what all the hype is about – it won’t be my first happening, but it will be my first Sehgal.

Jan. 18 2010 11:02 AM
flo feinberg from Plainview, Long Island

1 happening(constructed situation) +1 Frank Lloyd Wright museum + 1 conceptual artist +
? eight-twelve year old children + 1 WNYC reporter = X;
What's missing from this equation?...
1 former NYC guidance counselor/arts coordinator (me)!
Having worked with the Guggenheim Museum I would be honored to join WNYC at this event.

Jan. 18 2010 10:52 AM
Stephanie from Sunnyside, NY

I have following Sehgal's work for a few years now with delight and slavish enthusiasm, having 'participated' (viewed?) several works over the years Sehgal is an anarchist, creating intellectual chaos at the highest levels of high culture, a mission to which I can only aspire and offer kudos. His work deflates and upends sour high-culture propriety.

in short, I would LOVE this opportunity. Sehgal is a rock star to me.

Jan. 18 2010 10:22 AM
Georgia from New York City

The ephemera attached to Sehgal's work must be cherished by those lucky enough to be part of the audience. I raise my hand enthusiastically for the chance to be part of the fortunate few..!

Jan. 18 2010 09:54 AM
Mary from Staten Island

I am an artist who produces actions, also ephemeral (but I allow documentation, which in itself is something different than the original act). My work is based on ritual, explores buddhist traditions and mindfulness. Long a fan of conceptual art, I believe it has more power than product art.

As part of a large community who often discuss art, I know I will bring whatever experience I have at the Tino Sehgal happening back to them and look forward to being part of it.

Jan. 18 2010 09:53 AM
Tina from New York, NY

I'm fairly new to New York, work in City government, and try to motivate myself to go out and see NYC's incredible cultural exhibits yet find myself ending up on the couch watching TV. Take me with you on January 28 and I promise an honest and immediate reaction and good company with a sense of humor. >eagerly raising hand<

Jan. 18 2010 09:27 AM
james from Brooklyn

I am a tabula rasa for the effects of performance art--though I do not hold it in any pre-determined disregard. Rather, I will suggest that I see the nakedness where the emperor parades in the street, if, indeed, he wears no clothes. On the other hand, i have also known performance art to move, entertain, and inspire. So I should hope you will select me to perform my civic duty as an "objective observer."

Jan. 18 2010 09:19 AM
Philip Tsai

I'm a graphic designer currently between jobs, and I read the article about him in yesterday's New York Times Magazines, it sounds like a very interesting project, and really want to be a part of that. I remember saw an art happening video feature Yuko
Ono during my art history class, and always wished I can be a part of art happening as well.

Jan. 18 2010 09:05 AM
Bonnie Rosenstock from New York City (East Village)

My age, profession, gender, marital status, number of children or background not important. I look, see, observe, intuit, feel, think, conceptualize, clarify, process and enjoy the moment.

Jan. 18 2010 09:01 AM
Brooke from NYC

Because I'll have fun, I'll participate, and I'll tell everyone I know about it!

Jan. 18 2010 08:59 AM
Sarah Van Arsdale from Manhattan, Washington Heights

This year I'm making the dizzying leap from working as a novelist to (finally, at last!) making short films from my own watercolor drawings, so all things art are magnetizing to me. This sounds like just the kind of thing I'd love to do and then maybe make some drawings of---maybe even make them into a very, very short film.

Jan. 18 2010 08:56 AM
Kayla Wiener from NYC

Last year, I was a teaching artist assistant in a Learning Through Art residency at the Guggenheim. I participated in the A Year with Children 2009 exhibition.

Jan. 18 2010 07:58 AM
Butlersmiles from Flatbush

I’m not a New Yorker and I’m not interested to be one this is a dull gloomy depressive dangerous city that has nothing to offer not to natives nor to travelers is devoid of any arts culture the insignificant arts manifestation of any kind that exists in NYC is decadent uninteresting and without genius even the possibility of participating in an unknown inexplicable and incomprehensible occurrence called Happening in a place where nothing is happening doesn’t attract me and to get excited for being picked to participate at an irrelevant guy’s live performance is crazy 100 words, am I in?

Jan. 18 2010 06:52 AM
Anne Malcolm from Upper West Side Manhattan

I am skeptical about this "art" form but open to being challenged. I want to discover whether I am authentically engaged or merely confronted. I'm very very curious about the aesthetics and the dicourse I will encounter, yet I will do my best to enter the exhibition space witnout a menu of ready-to-assign labels.

I am currently a nursing student with a former career as an editor.

Jan. 17 2010 06:19 PM
J.D. SZALLA from Brooklyn

My name is J.D. Szalla. I am a poet and writer who makes a living in customer service.

Most of what has been written of Tino as an artist from the psychic and aesthetic points of view has been theoretical rather than critical, that is based on actual experience gained in the treatment of his working art. In that respect, my experience which will be drawn directly from the altering of my normal situational patterning is potentially unique.

Jan. 17 2010 06:19 PM
J.D. SZALLA from Brooklyn

My name is J.D. Szalla. I am a poet and writer who makes a living in customer service.

Most of what has been written of Tino as an artist from the psychic and aesthetic points of view has been theoretical rather than critical, that is based on actual experience gained in the treatment of his working art. In that respect, my experience which will be drawn directly from the altering of my normal situational patterning is potentially unique.

Jan. 17 2010 06:18 PM
Susanna Heller from Brooklyn, NY

I am a painter (been at it for over 35 years) and my subject is urban space of the city. I saw the situation performance from last year at MArian Goodman gallery more than a few times- I couldn't stop going back!...I thought it was FANTASTIC and I'm very curious to experience more or this work...Sehgal's work really fed my own thinking drawing and painting and I would be thrilled to see this performance and partake in further discussion about the experience the work.

Jan. 17 2010 06:17 PM
Daniel Howard from Crown Heights, Brooklyn

I moved to New York in August while my girlfriend finishes her medical residency. I am an IT guy who has a broad interest in art and culture. I work from home so it would be wonderful to get out and see something really new. I am a reasonably articulate guy who would do my best to help convey the experience for WNYC listeners. Thanks!

Sincerely,
-daniel

Jan. 17 2010 06:08 PM
pam butler from Brooklyn

Because it would be loads of fun and interesting and exciting. I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing that morning.

Jan. 17 2010 06:05 PM
karen

it is only approproate that I go because I cannot be photographed anyway.

Jan. 14 2010 04:05 PM
patti gregory from Greenwich Village, nyc

if i have a cool party on saturday night after the public opening of this guggenheim event, would all of you guys come???
Maybe Tino will stop by at Our Situation! (If We Pick him, that is!)
My family is only friends with people that appreciate cool art!
Sounds like All Of You!
Please RSVP here!
Thanks, Good Luck, be Artful, and Have Fun!
pp

Jan. 14 2010 11:52 AM
Joianne Bittle Knight from Long Island City

I am an artist and have lived in NYC for eleven years. This is a good opportunity for a large institution like the Guggenheim to involve a young local artist. I have only read about Tino Sehgal’s work and assume this exhibit will be thoughtful as well as a big production!

Jan. 14 2010 11:26 AM
Amy from New York

I am fascinated by the relationship between observer and performer, and I might make a good observer for these reasons:

1) I am a young museum professional without an academic art history background, and I am always looking for unconventional opportunities to learn about art.

2)I am a writer--I blog and write poetry--and would love the chance to create a written response about this event.

3) I have nearly 20 years of dance training, including university-level training in dance writing and analysis.

Jan. 13 2010 03:11 PM
Ellen from New York, NY

______________
|_____________| This is me waving from
|____________| inside the Guggenheim
|___________|
__|__________|___
/ o \
------------`I------------------

Please pick me! I'm probably the only 22 year old who is obsessed with old-timey radio programs...I know well how to paint a scene with words.

Jan. 12 2010 06:23 PM
Julia Dantchev from New York, NY

I quite literally stumbled upon Tino Sehgal's work in Frankfurt during a five-hour layover, during which I decided I'd utilize my time and go to the Museum für Moderne Kunst. There were two buildings with banners that said MMK, and I walked into the one closest to me, and the museum attendant told me that the show was up the stairs and did not ask me for money. Having no clue, I entered a room which seemingly led to another, and proceeded to just walk through and turn the corner which was nothing but a dead end. Upon turning back around, the people that were casually occupying the "artless" room I had just breezed through began chanting "welcome to this situation" in unison. They managed to keep me there for three hours straight, making me almost miss my flight, and raising questions on life, the universe and everything. I was in love, and I even flew out to San Francisco for a lecture of his, spending every last dollar I had (well, almost, I left 3 whole dollars in my checking account after buying my plane ticket). The lecture was worth every penny and I find him to be the most brilliant artist I have ever encountered.

Jan. 12 2010 03:31 PM
Julia Dantchev from New York, NY

I quite literally stumbled upon Tino Sehgal's work in Frankfurt during a five-hour layover, during which I decided I'd utilize my time and go to the Museum für Moderne Kunst. There were two buildings with banners that said MMK, and I walked into the one closest to me, and the museum attendant told me that the show was up the stairs and did not ask me for money. Having no clue, I entered a room which seemingly led to another, and proceeded to just walk through and turn the corner which was nothing but a dead end. Upon turning back around, the people that were casually occupying the "artless" room I had just breezed through began chanting "welcome to this situation" in unison. They managed to keep me there for three hours straight, making me almost miss my flight, and raising questions on life, the universe and everything. I was in love, and I even flew out to San Francisco for a lecture of his, spending every last dollar I had (well, almost, I left 3 whole dollars in my checking account after buying my plane ticket). The lecture was worth every penny and I find him to be the most brilliant artist I have ever encountered.

Jan. 12 2010 03:30 PM
alessia from nyc

*pick me**pick me**pick me**pick me**pick me*

i'm a woman, love Tino Segal..

but most of all... i don't have an art history background (!!!!)

and i haven't won anything before...

Jan. 12 2010 02:31 PM
Kathie from Brooklyn

Drifting though the city I ache for the moments when art and life collide like when my then 4-year-old visiting The Gates installation in Central Park pointed to an orange traffic trailer asking if it too was art. Playing sound instilations together with strangers on subway platforms while waiting for a train and watching the sun move the shadows, as well as the old stand-bys people watching and evesdropping, these are the ways I experience art and that’s why I hope you will invite me to the Guggenheim on January 28, 2010.

Jan. 12 2010 12:01 PM
harry weil from brooklyn

I am a phd student in art history focusing on performance art documentation and exhibition - so I am a very very good candidate for reporting. I am starting to get my feet wet with exhibition reviews and would love the opportunity to have npr as an outlet for putting this performance into context and interacting with other participants . . .. this would be amazing for me to be a part of!

Jan. 12 2010 12:00 PM
Hannah K from Manhattan

Choose me! My birthday was January 3rd, I’m 49, and I’ve renewed a commitment to myself to be open minded, open hearted and open to new experiences. I’m a very observant person (friends and family will attest to it!), who loves the poetic and the happening. And I love kids!

Jan. 11 2010 12:36 PM
ana from NYC

I am not sure what type of comment is one supposed to leave that compels you to choose me. I will say, fortunately or unfortunately, that I am not dying, I am not insane or in distress; but I am embarking on a new journey both personal and professional, and have no doubt that this could be of great inspiration.

Jan. 11 2010 11:03 AM
John from Wantagh

something happening
ears and eyes open to life
I long to be there

Jan. 11 2010 10:59 AM
peter snyder from woodside, ny

Why should I show up and see the work? I already understand the concept!

Pick me. I saw his recent 'Welcome to The Situation' at Marian Goodman (which was problematic) and his great piece in the corner of the gallery at the New Museum's After Nature. It was the perfect gesture!

So hey I have been a WNYC member for years too so.....

Purdy please with sugar on top, pick me!

Jan. 10 2010 08:58 AM
Patti Gregory from nyc

In the meantime, while we wait for the Guggenheim Happening to happen, here's a recording (unfortunately, it can't be live now!) of one of my recently discovered experiences:

http://www.alexandermcqueen.com/int/en/corporate/archive2009_aw_womens.html

Jan. 08 2010 09:52 PM
Patti Gregory from Right Here Now

If this event inspires anything nearly as lovely as the comments from EveryOne, well, it should be a fantastic happening! I love what everybody wrote. I thought my first comment was pretty good & worthy but some of these guys sound so fresh and cheery and ARTLOVING! Bravo Tino Sehgal for creating such a poignant Comment Happening!

Jan. 08 2010 08:46 PM
Daphne from Mt. Vernon

I was born in the Bronx and now work in the Bronx. Being a native New Yorker, I feel that I don't enjoy the city as much as transplants or tourist do. Maybe it's my socioeconomic status, but this is the kind of thing that I feel is largely not attended by me, or a lot of those around me. I'd like to go because I'd like to be part of that New York as well.

Jan. 08 2010 05:59 PM
Noha Polack from Bergen County, NJ

I would love to attend this venue. I am a New Jersey physician and am interested in new forms of art. This seems like a new way to widen people's horizons. I have also been a WNYC listener/member for years and would love to meet the people behind the shows in real life.

Thanks,
Noha

Jan. 08 2010 03:15 PM
KJ from Chelsea

To see, by chance to
feel familiar space anew.
Listen, laugh, commune.

Jan. 08 2010 12:36 PM
Drew Kahn from Woodbridge, NJ

Living in the moment is an Art, and the kind of experience that is largely absent in modern life. An opportunity to be in the moment, and savor a rare experience is in the offing here. I would strive to be fully open to that experience. Then, there is the joy that comes from sharing that moment with others, from sharing the insight and inspiration. That is the great gift of Art, the purity of an experience that graces us with insight and inspiration. That we can have such a shared experience is what humanizes us.

Jan. 07 2010 10:07 PM
Javier

I've been living in New York for a few years now, and some of the perks about the city is not only that I can listen to wnyc when I'm having breakfast, but also the access to wide range of artistic manifestations. In any event, when this morning I listen about the Guggenheim happening, I couldn't stop thinking about the "Instituto Di Tella", an avant-garde center and artist generating plant during the 60's in Buenos Aires (my home town). Unfortunately, I was not alive at this time and I never had the chance to assist to one. So this is my chance to get into one.
Why to choose me? I guess I don't have a better reason that the people above, so I can only say: please, please, please, please !!!

Jan. 07 2010 08:10 PM
Melissa

When I heard the story on the radio this morning on the way to work, the first thing that popped into my head was "Well, that would be a change from the law!" As a new associate in a big firm, I'm finding that though corporate law has its own kind of "creativity," I miss my days as a student of art and theatre. I think that not only observing but being part of such an exciting happening would help add that spark back to my life. And maybe be a source of my own inspiration!

Jan. 07 2010 06:03 PM
Antonio Mossuto from Montclair, NJ

I'm writing for my husband Antonio Mossuto. He is Italian and is still learning English and that's why I'm speaking for him. We moved here to the U.S. about 2 years ago and he is trying to continue his career as an artist in an unknown and often alien land for him. He is hard to catogorize as an artist but let's say he does multimedia scupture, installations and paintings. It is not easy for him to know how to "enter into" the art world here and being a part of a happening at the Guggenheim would be thrilling for him and he could give a somewhat "European" slant to your coverage perhaps.
Thanks very much - Patti

Jan. 07 2010 05:09 PM
Madison Berry from NJ/NY

I want to be apart of the Tino Sehgal ‘Happening’. My name is Madison Berry and I am an art teacher working with a NJ art therapy organization specializing in helping children 3-18. I am currently receiving my Masters in upstate New York and spend a lot of time driving. As a hug fan and member of WNYC I listen to your radio station religiously. Culture has always been more interesting to me than pop music. This opportunity will add to my experience in the art world and in turn help my students. I love teaching about the contemporary art scene making connections between students and the world around them.

Jan. 07 2010 05:03 PM
Sayward Parsons from Sandy Hook, CT

Mousy English teacher by day, I challenge my students to take risks with writing and thinking from the confines of my own comfort zone. Though I’m terrified of the spotlight, the opportunity to view and possibly participate in Seghal’s work calls to my aspiring inner-exhibitionist. New mama by night, I delight in the excitement generated by my baby’s daily discoveries. Because of her, I am even more fascinated by those who romp excitedly into performance, who communicate through art and challenge viewers to see differently. I covet this rare opportunity to make a discovery of my own.

Jan. 07 2010 02:33 PM
Jennifer

This sounds wonderful and really the essence of what life and learning truly is! I work in a small historical museum as the education director and use my theatre, music, and arts background on a daily basis to engage students (both adults and children alike) in learning about history as experiences that link to choices in our own daily lives. I also love that the only way to know what is "happening" in this exhibit is to simply be there and "present". So many possibilities & perspectives!

Jan. 07 2010 02:11 PM
jeanieforever from brooklyn

i'm jeanie. i need to do something completely different.

Jan. 07 2010 02:04 PM
Smitha

love it; making art like its 1965. I wasn't alive during the original happenings of the '60's, so as an art history grad, I'd love to experience it.

ps. skateboarding was also my thing back in the day.

Jan. 07 2010 01:44 PM
Carolina Miranda from Brooklyn

Easy enough: At the Restaurante Santa Barbara in Newark. They also do an excellent lomo saltado. And it's CHEAP.
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/53/587615/restaurant/North-Jersey/Belleville/Santa-Barbara-Newark

Jan. 07 2010 12:32 PM
Giovanni from Queens, NY

I'm not a big fan of performance or "happenings," but I'm hoping Carolina will tell me where I can find some good ceviche.

Jan. 07 2010 12:23 PM
Jessica from Brooklyn

I'm very good looking.

Jan. 07 2010 11:19 AM
Pam Reinoso

I am a middle-aged mother of 2 teenage boys, with a degree in Theatre (prior life) and finishing a Master's in Speech Pathology. I feel my age, suburban lifestyle, and experience of living with teenagers and an older husband (who is a NYC teacher) would lend a unique perspective to the experience.

Jan. 07 2010 11:16 AM
Erin Judge from Brooklyn, NY

I’m a stand-up comic, so I’m always super excited by the crazy possibilities of live performance. The fact that none of this will be recorded makes it even more fantastic and fascinating. Other interests of mine include NPR, the Guggenheim, and opining; ergo, I’m the ideal candidate.

Also, January 28th is my birthday. Just sayin’.

Jan. 07 2010 10:35 AM
Sharon

I'm a poet with an 11-year-old. I write ekphrastic poems (poems about visual works of art), usually about still paintings or photos. As an artistic witness, I would use this opportunity to generate a poem about the experience.

Jan. 07 2010 10:19 AM
Heather from NYC

I studied audience-based interactive and participant based art (happenings, taking the work home w/u, using time and space as a medium) at Skidmore College and would love to have the chance to be a part of this piece.

Jan. 07 2010 10:15 AM
Claudia

I'm an unlikely pick.. I love the classics...the Dutch Masters are "spot one", and Monet..fabulous! So and this is really out of my "comfort zone". I'd think it will be fun!

Jan. 07 2010 10:02 AM
Kat from New York, NY

Why should I be chosen to go and to provide viewer feedback on an art-display which will never be seen by anyone else except for those present? I am a tax accountant. I can be objective, and not so fruity in my review of art. I can explain it to the masses - if it stinks - I won't mind saying so - and if it is totally awesome - I won't hesitate to rub it in to everyone else who missed it!

Jan. 07 2010 09:51 AM
Patti Gregory from NYC

A refreshing thought- an unrecorded event! I've spent the last fifteen years in a wheelchair, in NYC, since my teen-son was born. Sometimes I feel like a professional watcher- I'm so stationery and have a different vantage point than my friends and family. More grounded, and after years as a fashion stylist, I have an incredible attention span and flare for interpretation. Our culture is so congested with reruns & repeats. Everyone needs more Actual Experiences. Have I mentioned that my husband & son are concentrated illustrators? Our family likes to practice the art of paying attention! Thank you.

Jan. 07 2010 09:50 AM
Colleen O'Neal

I want to be part of a mindful artistic experience that is about being present and improvising in the moment.

Jan. 07 2010 09:45 AM
Jen from Port Washington

Hi! My name is Michael and I'm representing my beautiful girlfriend, Jen. She had already left for work when this contest was announced, so I'm taking the liberty of doing what she ought to do. Jen's an amazing person and a fantastic artist. Lately we've been a little strapped of cash and haven't been able to do too much exciting stuff. She would simply love this and would have such good insight. Wish I could go too...

Jan. 07 2010 09:39 AM
me from Brooklyn

Hello! I'm a middle school teacher and I've only won at boardgames and bingo... I love art and I teach after school electives so I am hoping this might somehow inspire me. I moved to New York from California four years ago. I am still not use to this cold weather and I am always needing good reasons to get my behind out of the house and out into the city. I love WNYC and I listen every single morning as I get ready to work :-) I'm also a fun date. I hope you'll pick me!

Jan. 07 2010 09:26 AM
dale b. cohen from nyc

Why me? I am an architect and interior designer in NYC and I would be tickled to join you on this art adventure. As with many other designers, we see the Guggenhiem's space/spiral as architecture at it’s most inspirational, especially when considering the time is was built. Instilling a building with an idea, being that architecture is a mute art form, is no easy feat … and this was 30 years before Frank Ghery came on the scene. What better place for an art adventure than Wright’s temple to art? Expressing the buildings’ flexibility 50 years after she opened.

Jan. 07 2010 09:22 AM
dale b. cohen from nyc

Why me? I am an architect and interior designer in NYC and I would be tickled to join you on this art adventure. As with many other designers, we see the Guggenhiem's space/spiral as architecture at it’s most inspirational, especially when considering the time is was built. Instilling a building with an idea, being that architecture is a mute art form, is no easy feat … and this was 30 years before Frank Ghery came on the scene. What better place for an art adventure than Wright’s temple to art? Expressing the buildings’ flexibility 50 years after she opened.

Jan. 07 2010 09:22 AM
CZ from NYC

Skateboarding?#! ;)
What would Frank Lloyd Wright think?
He did love his fast cars, parties, and gatherings. So, I say, "bring on this HAPPENING in his wonderful space". I want to be there.

Jan. 07 2010 09:19 AM
Jeffrey

I'd like to go because it would give me a perfect opportunity to beta test my "Is This Art?" iPhone app.

Jan. 07 2010 09:18 AM
Greg from NJ

Sounds like a lot of fun and a great experience to retell. Have not yet been to the Gugg either, so this would be a wonderful first trip!

Jan. 07 2010 09:13 AM
Linda

I would love to be witness to history in the making. It is like before written history when stories were passed down strictly through verbal means through the generations. Except this will be visual. What a amazing opportunity.

Jan. 07 2010 09:09 AM
carolyn from nyc

As someone who was trained as performance artist and now makes there living in the film world making sets, I love the idea of the Guggenheim as a venue. It's vast spiraling volume has made an amazing stage for the likes of Matthew Barney and Vanessa Beecroft. I'm very curious to see what Tino Sehgal will do with the space and the museum context, there are so many possibilities. As a mother I can only guess at what children will bring to the piece, with their magical qualities and unpredictability. Welcome 2010!

Jan. 07 2010 09:09 AM
Felicity from New York City

I think it's great that Sehgal works just for the moment. By being there you become part of the piece. I'm a painter & would love to be a witness.

Jan. 07 2010 09:01 AM
Linda

I would love to be part of the trip to the Guggenheim. It is one of my favorite museums and the project sounds awesome. Hope to hear from you.

Jan. 07 2010 08:58 AM
Tara from East Harlem, NY

Participatory art is great. Every artist's goal is to engage the viewer (audience), and participatory art takes this engagement to the next level. When the viewer is physically engaged their thoughts and emotions are brought into the actual artwork. The other aspect which will be fascinating is the unpredictable nature of the public. Whenever the public is invited to interact, you can never be quite sure what will happen. I look forward to seeing the unexpected!

Jan. 07 2010 08:58 AM
alix from New York City

I am a young professional in the creative field, in desperate need of inspiration. Intrigued by the simplicity of this exhibit, I believe that people make the most interesting subjects in all mediums of art.

Jan. 07 2010 08:57 AM
Beth Mitchell from Brooklyn, NY

I would be so grateful for the experience. I think I have descriptive, balanced, and reasonably informed skills of perception, and would love the chance to communicate--in an intellectual, visceral, and factual way--what it felt like to be there.

Jan. 07 2010 08:56 AM
Bryan from Fort Greene, Brooklyn

I'm an amateur at a lot of things and mostly a writer for a living. I am really interested in seeing new propositions for public space. I'm especially interested in making an account of how the performers, visitors and objects in the space form a social group (or don't). Who will be participants? Who will be spectators? What will some things do to other things? What concerns will the group share or not share? I would like to help you tell that story to others.

Jan. 07 2010 08:54 AM
d. beck from NYC

We would love to join you! Thanks for extending this invitation. My daughter's elementary school was part of an art program w/the Guggenheim some years ago & her art was chosen to be displayed there. She is now at LaGuardia H.S. still creating. Though we recently visited the Kandinsky exhibit, I'd love for her to have this exposure to the breath & excitment of haPPENING ART. (if only one can accompany we don't have to come as a pair, she certainly wouldn't mind)

Jan. 07 2010 08:53 AM
Jenn from Brooklyn, NY

I find this type of experiential art so vital and inspiring. It would be a pleasure and an honor to be a part of the creation of this exhibit by being an observer.

Jan. 07 2010 08:52 AM
colleen from brooklyn

In my current unemployment (art school alum) I am trying to experience and be inspired by new and exciting works!

Jan. 07 2010 08:51 AM
Allison from New York City

I've been involved in the NYC art world for several years now and would love to be part of a "happening." This could be the ultimate recession art piece considering the materials used by the artist are paying visitors.

Jan. 07 2010 08:48 AM
tyler

As an art enthusiast, I have been interested in watching how museums are changing their relationship with the public--more blockbuster shows, artists curating from the archives, etc. but I like Seghai's choice to make a public art that can't be documented. I want to be part of that nebulous moment and WNYC's attempt to hold on to that intangible event. I teach a teacher, writer, lover of art.

Jan. 07 2010 08:47 AM
Jessica from NYC

As a student of art history, art, and general culture in NYC, this sounds like an amazing opportunity to encounter all three in a unique experience I will remember forever. Also, I know many of my peers will be attending this show, and I can't wait to compare our experiences and perspectives!

Jan. 07 2010 08:47 AM
liz from Brooklyn

I went to school first for fine arts and now for math education. I've been too busy to catch much art recently and this seems totally interesting and right up my ally!

Jan. 07 2010 08:44 AM
sarah from New York

I'm a graduate student in art history, and am specifically interested in work that engages the public as part of its material.

Jan. 07 2010 08:44 AM
Rachel

I'd love a chance to observe this piece and make my own animated piece based on my memory of the event. A loophole maybe? Certainly potential for an interesting secondary work.

Jan. 07 2010 08:44 AM
Robert from Brooklyn, wanna' make something of it?

I'm a mathematics educator with a background in visual arts; to me, the Guggenheim is this wonderful helical form that can either be acknowledged or ignored. In most cases, the helical structure is not well incorporated into exhibitions. I would be very curious to see how the artist incorporates the unique structure of the Guggenheim into this performance.

Jan. 07 2010 08:43 AM
Elspeth from Astoria

This sounds so amazing. I am an anthropological student and am so fascinated when people go against the tide of a typical scene (in this case, the typical art scene) and do something different and not quite imagined before! It would be beyond fantastic to be a part of this wonderful thing that, in this day and age, has no "google-able" images or record, but instead goes by word of mouth.

Jan. 07 2010 08:43 AM
Jason from Brooklyn

I would document this piece for people who couldn't make it at bigredandshiny.com

Jan. 07 2010 08:42 AM
Laura from NYC

Just the idea of someone potentially skating through the Guggenheim makes me smile!

Jan. 07 2010 08:41 AM
Joe Sanders

I want to see whether this "happening" can live up to the Magic Mushrooms sonic happening:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB3sqroSBQw

Jan. 07 2010 08:23 AM
Poul from Brick, NJ

I'm a father of a two year old, with a second on the way. I love children and art and believe this should be an interesting and thought provoking exhibit.

Jan. 07 2010 07:39 AM
Nina

I work with children, and I would like the opportunity to view them and their behavior as art. What a refreshing perspective!

Jan. 07 2010 07:11 AM
ada from Sunnyside

Skateboarding down those ramps sounds fun. I'd love to come along!

Jan. 07 2010 06:55 AM

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