|The Guggenheim is a gorgeous building, despite the fact that I shot|
this photo straight into the sun. I suppose J.J. Abrams would approve
of the lens flare, anyway.
The Guggenheim's main gallery is a great interior spiral, which the museum staff was careful to tell us is curated from the bottom to the top. This means that you're supposed to start on the ground floor and walk up, slowly taking in the exhibits until you finish at the apex. There you can stop in the gifts shops (two!) before catching the elevator back down.
|Looking down on the main gallery.|
|The Guggenheim's roof caught Sally's imagination.|
Indeed, the museum itself is a piece of art in its architecture.
In any event, we caught the elevator up and walked down.
Exhibits in the Guggenheim's main gallery rotate. When we went, the main gallery was showing Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better. The Guggenheim's website describes it thus:
From 1979 to 2012, Swiss artists Peter Fischli (b. 1952) and David Weiss (1946–2012) collaborated on a body of work that offers a deceptively casual meditation on how we perceive everyday life. Through a witty “misuse” of cultural genres—from low-budget Hollywood movies and picture-postcard views to the art historical notion of the readymade—they transformed the ordinary into something decisively not.
|My favorite piece from How to Work Better,|
I love the way the placement of the scissors creates tension.
|There was a whole series of cast rubber objects, the point|
of which I honestly didn't understand. This cast rubber candle
caught my attention, however.
|This collection includes hundreds of these little clay sculptures, depicting|
events in human history, great and small. This is Washington crossing the Delaware.
|Capitalism shows men climbing on top of one another.|
|This Picasso was Sally's favorite.|
|Lobster and Cat is easily my favorite Picasso.|
I enjoyed the Guggenheim a lot more than I thought that I would. We wound up spending about two hours in the museum, and for me that was plenty. However, it wasn't enough to see everything, and it certainly wasn't enough to give serious consideration to all of what we saw, so if you plan your own trip, consider accordingly.