Constantin Brancusi The essence of things
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Join us this summer for exclusive membership events and a series of public lectures in conjunction with Constantin Brancusi: The Essence of Things, on view June 11–September 19.

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TUES JUNE 15 @ 10 AM
Be among the first to be welcomed by Bonnie Rychlak, Curator/Director of Collections, at the newly renovated galleries and outdoor sculpture garden of the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, Long Island City. Isamu Noguchi began his career as a modern sculptor in the 1920s as an apprentice to Constantin Brancusi in Paris while on a Guggenheim Fellowship. Our daytrip includes lunch and private tours of the special exhibition Isamu Noguchi: Sculptural Design, organized by the Vitra Design Museum in Germany and designed by Robert Wilson.
Patrons Circle

Gala Opening
WED JUNE 16 @ 6–8 PM
Guggenheim Members at the Young Collectors Council Acquisition and Patrons Circle levels are invited to the exclusive opening of two exhibitions Speaking with Hands: Photographs from The Buhl Collection and Constantin Brancusi: The Essence of Things.
Young Collectors Council (Acquisition Levels), Patrons Circle

Members' Opening Party
WED JUNE 16 @ 9 PM–Midnight
Celebrate summer with two exhibitions Speaking with Hands: Photographs from The Buhl Collection and Constantin Brancusi: The Essence of Things. Guggenheim Museum members at the Individual Member level and above are invited to a private viewing, featuring guided tours from 9 to 10 PM, music by DJ Kenosha & Ben Butler, and a cash bar with summer cocktails.
Individual Member and Above

Exhibition Tour and Lecture
TUES JULY 20 @ 5:30 PM
Join Tracey Bashkoff, Associate Curator for Collections and Exhibitions, for an introduction and tour of Constantin Brancusi: The Essence of Things. Patrons Circle members are invited to continue the evening and attend the lecture "Dore Ashton: Speaking of Brancusi" (see below for description).
Patrons Circle

Individual lectures: $10 each ($7 for members, seniors, and students). Entire two-lecture series (Save 20%): $16 ($11 for members, seniors, and students).

William Tucker on Brancusi
TUES JULY 6 @ 6:30 PM
Artist and writer William Tucker discusses the work of Constanin Brancusi, addressing his tendency toward abstraction and his influence on 20th-century sculpture. Tucker is the author of The Language of Sculpture and has written extensively on 20th-century sculpture. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Tate, and Storm King Art Center.

Dore Ashton: Speaking of Brancusi
TUES JULY 20 @ 6:30 PM
Renowned art historian Dore Ashton provides new reflections on the work of Constantin Brancusi, in dialogue with exhibition curator Carmen Giménez. Ashton is the author or editor of 30 books on art and culture, including Noguchi East and West, About Rothko, American Art Since 1945, A Joseph Cornell Album, and David Smith: Medals for Dishonor.

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