Tues., June 2 to Sat., June 5, and Thurs., June 9 to Sat., June 11: The city makes us crazy, and so, we are a culture of crazy people seeking treatment. Addressing this phenomenon, in June, the Guggenheim Museum’s Stillspotting NYC will come to One Metrotech, in downtown Brooklyn.
Stillspotting artist Pedro Reyes will hold a clinic, Sanatorium, combining New York’s existing therapy landscape with unexpected, short, experimental treatments.
In two-hour windows, Sanatorium visitors experience up to three sessions from a choice of 18 and meet fascinating therapy professionals. Balancing reality and parody, Sanatorium draws from Gestalt psychology, theater warm-up exercises, Fluxus events, conflict resolution techniques, trust-building games, corporate coaching, psychodrama, and hypnosis.
Some of the sessions should be experienced alone, others are specifically catered to couples and larger groups. On Sundays, special sessions will be offered for children.
The works of Pedro Reyes (b. 1972, Mexico City) traverse the worlds of art, design, film, architecture, social criticism, and pedagogy. Originally trained as an architect, Reyes questions social issues through the stimulation of individual and collective interaction and reflection.
In one of his best-known works, Shovels from Pistols (Palas por Pistolas, 2008– ), Reyes collected 1,527 guns from an open call through Culiacán, one of Mexico’s most violent cities. These weapons were then remade into shovels to eventually plant an equal number of trees in cities around the world.
Among his most recent works is Baby Marx (2009), a puppet show for television that lightheartedly but effectively addresses capitalist, socialist-economic, and cultural systems through the eyes of children, Karl Marx, and Adam Smith. Reyes’s work has been exhibited worldwide including the Venice Biennale, the Carpenter Center at Harvard University, the Serpentine Gallery in London, and the New Museum in New York.
Stillspotting nyc is organized by David van der Leer, the Guggenheim’s Assistant Curator of Architecture and Urban Studies. Leer’s two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the museum’s architecture and urban studies into the five boroughs.
for tickets: http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/exhibitions/upcoming/stillspotting-nyc