Kicking off today and running through January 7th, the Guggenheim presents ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s. The first large-scale U.S. museum exhibition on the Influential Post-World War II experimental German Artists’ group Zero, and ZERO, "an international network of artists that shared the group’s aspiration to redefine and transform art in the aftermath of World War II." This exhibit explores the artworks, exhibitions, publications, and live events from the network's history.
Forty artists from ten countries were brought together for the exhibition, which also features work by the three core members of Group Zero—Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, and Günther Uecker. The artists all "use novel materials drawn from everyday life, nature, and technology and to develop innovative techniques and formats such as room-scaled installations, kinetic artworks, and live art actions."
One artist included (Günther Uecker) has a sculpture called New York Dancer I (1965), which reflects, in part, the energy of New York and "the burgeoning youth movement in the 1960s." Also: there's a disco ball.
The exhibit, the culmination of three years of research, fills the rotunda and an adjacent gallery. Should you check it out? The NY Times's art critic Roberta Smith says it's "dazzling," and "an extraordinary accomplishment, from its fresh art-historical thesis to its demanding, impeccably executed installation." And you can't go wrong with sculptures that need to be "activated":
Zero founder Heinz Mack activating his sculpture at the @guggenheim tonight