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Guggenheim Works & Process - Thursday, 4/3/2014 8:52 PM

With delightful excerpts from two recent pieces and a 20ft. tall, awe inspiring balloon installation, New York’s culture elite decorated the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in celebration for the 30th Anniversary Gala for Works & Process. A cultural touchstone since 1984, pioneer of the arts, Mary Sharp Cronson, has built her Works & Process series into one of the leading programs that provide access to internationally renowned performance artists, writers, choreographers, composers, scientists and directors.

The evening invited the elite crowd into the Peter B. Lewis Theater, treating them to not only a retrospective film of the last 30 years – colorfully narrated by Mary Sharp Cronson – but to two wonderful performances from recent seasons.

After remarks from both Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum Director, Richard Armstrong, 30th Anniversary Chair, Caroline Cronson, introduced Bach Interpreted (2014), a beautifully graceful dance choreographed by Emery LeCrone to J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 in C Minor. The film screen descended shortly thereafter for the film retrospective, including highlights and insights from the programs past 30 years; proceeded by the wildly creative and animated Rockefellers (2013).

Set to a mix of experimental electronic music and old-time jazz favorites, John Heginbotham choreographed a playful dance exploration, echoing the movements and evoking the immersive joy of America’s golden age of animation. Certainly one to catch if performed again!

The evening concluded – appropriately for a Works & Process celebration – with dinner in the Rotunda. There, suspended just above the dining floor, guests were taken aback by an immaculate installation, Jason Hackenwerth’s latex balloon installation of the grandest design, entitled, Aviary. Standing at over 20 feet tall, the chandelier like balloon sculpture left everyone’s jaws on the floor and tongues a flutter, completely in awe with the scope of its design. Though unfortunately for us New Yorkers, its exhibition was a one-night-only affair as Aviary is to be displayed from April 12th to May 3rd throughout the Village of Catskill.

For more information on Works & Process, or to see the 2014 Spring Season calendar, click over to the following link - http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/education/works-and-process.