Today in History: Guggenheim Museum Opens in NYC
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to house the large contemporary art collection of mining tycoon Solomon Guggenheim, the Guggenheim Museum opened its doors to the awestruck public on October 21, 1959. It was itself considered a work of art, resembling in white concrete a sea shell with a long ramp spiraling up from a large rotunda. Space, light, and fluidity resulted from the unique design which incorporated a glass dome.Thousands of people lined Fifth Avenue to see the breathtaking museum and its amazing art, which offered works by Paul Klee, Vasily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, and many other internationally renowned artists. Today the Guggenheim Museum draws over a million visitors annually, and it has expanded to include sister museums in Venice, Bilbao, Berlin, and Abu Dhabi.
The following articles are selected from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.
- Circular Museum to Open Here Soon. (1959, Jul 19). New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Controversial Museum Opens in N.Y. Today. (1959, Oct 21). Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File)
Knox, S. (1959, Oct 21). New Art Museum Opens on 5th Ave. New York Times (1923-Current File
- Little-Temple-in-Park Museum to Open in New York Today. (1959, Oct 21). Daily Boston Globe (1928-1960)
- Wood, F. (1959, Oct 21). Art is Given a New Look at Guggenheim Museum. Newsday (1940-1988)
- Wood, F. (1959, Oct 22). Guggenheim Art Museum Draws Crowds, Praise. Newsday (1940-1988)
- Bird, R. S. (1959, Oct 22). 600 an Hour See Guggenheim Museum. New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962)
- Genauer, E. (1959, Oct 25). Art Never Had It So Good As in New Wright Museum. New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962)
- O’Kane, L. (1959, Oct 26). 10,000 Flock to Wright Museum, But Only 6,039 Manage to Get In. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Huxtable, A. (1960, May 08). What Should a Museum Be? New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Who wanted to establish an art center at Teachers College and then purchased the lot at 89th street?
- How did art education develop at Teachers College?
- What is the role of the museum in teaching, learning, and research?
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