After Bilbao, Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Plans Next Expansion in Downtown Brooklyn

05/18/2011 12:21 PM |

Its not designed by Frank Lloyd Wright or Frank Gehry, but itll have to do.
  • It’s not designed by Frank Lloyd Wright or Frank Gehry, but it’ll have to do.

Between building a massive new floating campus in the Emirates and plotting an imminent takeover of a notoriously rat-infested East Village lot, the Guggenheim Museum has started plotting its next expansion: a pop-up exhibition space at MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Eagle caught wind of a pro bono real estate deal to provide space for the first installment of the Upper East Side museum’s forthcoming Stillspotting temporary satellite exhibition program.

The storefront at 345 Jay Street, aka 1 MetroTech, was most recently occupied by Sid’s Hardware (pictured), but for the first two weeks of June it will host Mexican artist Pedro Reyes’ Sanatorium, a part-parody, part-serious series of self-improvement workshops. Visitors can select up to three workshops for their two-hour visit from a full range of 15 options. According to a Gugg announcement, subjects taught will include “Gestalt psychology, theater warm-up exercises, Fluxus events, conflict resolution techniques, trust-building games, corporate coaching, psychodrama, and hypnosis.”

But why Downtown Brooklyn? Gugg curator David van der Leer tells the Eagle:

We looked at many places around the borough—from Williamsburg, Bushwick, Crown Heights to DUMBO—and found our favorite place for the first edition of ‘Stillspotting NYC’ in Downtown Brooklyn. To many it is a place of work or transit, but so few people realize it can also be an incredible resource for stillness that will be transformed over the coming years.

Sanatorium by Pedro Reyes runs June 2-5 and 9-12 at 345 Jay Street. More info and tickets here.

(Brownstoner)