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.