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A Flyer for Nam June Paik's Robot-Opera

Robot-Opera Flyer
Nam June Paik Robot-Opera flyer, circa 1964. Artist files. A0008. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives. New York, NY

This flyer announces Nam June Paik’s Robot-Opera (1964) “….on every streets and squares in New York.” The remote-controlled robot played audiotaped speeches of President John F. Kennedy. More

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The Long Friendship of Ward Jackson and Dan Flavin

Dan Flavin, untitled (to Ward Jackson, an old friend and colleague who, during the Fall of 1957 when I finally returned to New York from Washington and joined him to work together in this museum, kindly communicated), 1971
Dan Flavin, untitled (to Ward Jackson, an old friend and colleague who, during the Fall of 1957 when I finally returned to New York from Washington and joined him to work together in this museum, kindly communicated), 1971. Daylight, pink, yellow, green, and blue fluorescent light, 2- and 8-ft fixtures. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Partial gift of the artist in honor of Ward Jackson 72.1985 © 2014 Stephen Flavin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Installation view: Guggenheim International Exhibition, 1971, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 12–April 11, 1971. Exhibition records. A0003. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives. New York, NY

Dan Flavin and Ward Jackson may have become friends while both worked in the Guggenheim mailroom, but their friendship lasted longer than their tenure together at the museum. More

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Collection on Arts Organizations Open for Research

Ant Farm Stock Certificate, circa 1969–1970
Ant Farm Stock Certificate, circa 1969–1970. Collection on Arts Organizations. A0014. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives. New York, NY

What you find in the folders of the Collection on Arts Organizations is always a surprise: announcements, artist lecture information, brochures, institutional publications, invitations, photographs, postcards, posters, and more. More

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On the Future of Art

On the Future of Art brochure, 1969
On the Future of Art brochure, 1969. H. Harvard Arnason records. A0012. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives. New York, NY.

In the spring of 1969, art historian Michael Fried and other notable thinkers such as architect Louis Kahn, psychologist B. F. Skinner, philosopher Herbert Marcuse, and sculptor James Seawright participated in a Guggenheim lecture series considering the future of art. More