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This full-rotunda exhibition celebrates the institution’s extensive 20th-century holdings through the intervention of six contemporary artists, all of whom have contributed to shaping the museum’s history with their own pivotal solo shows. Curated by Paul Chan (b. 1973, Hong Kong), Cai Guo-Qiang (b. 1957, Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China), Jenny Holzer (b. 1950, Gallipolis, Ohio), Julie Mehretu (b. 1970, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Richard Prince (b. 1949, Canal Zone, Panama), and Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953, Portland, Oregon), this presentation brings together collection highlights and rarely seen works from the turn of the century to 1980. Creating unique and critical dialogues with the Guggenheim’s history and the history of modern and contemporary art, these artists will each interpret the collection through their own, individual perspective. The exhibition will include over one hundred paintings, sculptures, and works on paper that engage with the cultural discourse of their time— from the utopian aspirations of early Modernism, to the formal explorations of mid-century abstraction, to the socio-political debates of the 1960s and ’70s with each curated section providing a distinctive opportunity for new interpretations of the collection. The selection will be accompanied by archival material relating to the artists’ work on view. Organized by Nancy Spector, Artistic Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, with a team of curators, and coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building, this will be the first artist-curated exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum.