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THIS SPRING AT THE GUGGENHEIM

There are a multitude of reasons to live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan: quiet streets, world-class restaurants, apartments overlooking Central Park, elite galleries, and renowned museums. Standing out as one of the Upper East Side’s most notable cultural institutions, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is just blocks away from 985 Fifth Avenue, which offers luxurious rental residences with striking views of Central Park and iconic architecture along Museum Mile. It houses breathtaking collections of contemporary art within Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous design.

 

When you live in one of Urbana Properties’ Fifth Avenue apartments for rent, The Guggenheim is part of your backyard – as is Central Park itself. Spring promises to be an exciting season at this vaunted home of modern art.

 

Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now (Open Now)

It’s widely stated that a picture is worth a thousand words, but the works of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe have proven to be worth far more. On the 30th anniversary of his death, The Guggenheim is celebrating the work of one of New York City’s most controversial sons.

 

Mapplethorpe’s works are challenging, weaving through the intersections of subcultures that thrived in the 1960s and 1970s, depicting in stark black-and-white the forces driving the city towards a brand-new artistic paradigm.

 

Part one of Implicit Tensions is active through July 10, and features the Guggenheim’s collection of Mapplethorpe’s work, while part two will explore his impact on the contemporary art landscape, and is slated to begin on July 24.

 

Simone Leigh, Loophole of Retreat (Opening April 19)

Born in Chicago and based in Brooklyn, Simone Leigh has won the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize, which honors achievement in contemporary art. Part sculptor, part filmmaker, and part installation artist, Leigh works in mediums that are as wide-ranging as her subjects, which include an "ongoing exploration of black female subjectivity and ethnography."

 

New Yorkers may have noticed Leigh’s recreations of traditional imba yokubikira (or kitchen houses), which were on display in Marcus Garvey Park. These structures, similar to those found in the rural areas of Zimbabwe, stood out in stark relief against the green landscape of the park and the urban cityscape surrounding it. In 2016, she jolted visitors of the New Museum with her installation "The Waiting Room," a meditation on black women and the American healthcare system. Walls filled with herbs and traditional remedies served as a reminder to heal oneself and for women to reclaim ownership of their bodies.

 

This spring, her solo exhibition promises to showcase her unique voice, which is the subject of an essay by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts.

 

A Year with Children 2019 (Opening April 26)

The latest exhibition for the Guggenheim’s arts education program, Learning Through Art (LTA) is set to feature over 100 works by the next generation of great New York artists – though given that these artists are in grades two through six, it’s a bit early to know for sure which of them will have their own solo exhibitions in the future.

 

LTA was founded nearly 50 years ago by Natalie K. Lieberman to combat decreased funding for music and art programs in New York City public schools. It pairs artists with public school teachers to create programs and activities for students that gives them opportunities to make art.

 

The artwork on display at A Year With Children 2019 will include sketches, installations, paintings, prints, and even works of poetry. For those looking to get involved in this program, LTA’s annual benefit is scheduled for May 30, and tickets can be purchased online.

 

The Guggenheim may enjoy an international reputation as a mecca of modern art, but to residents of Urbana’s luxury residences along Central Park, frequent patronage is a perk of living on Fifth Avenue. If you would like to have The Guggenheim as your neighbor, explore Urbana’s availabilities today.