April 14, 2016

It Takes Two—a night of artist talks, performances, and lectures pondering the unique results of paired collaboration

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Peter Fischli and David Weiss with Large Vase, ca. 1986. Photo: © Jason Klimatsas/Fischli Weiss Archive, Zurich.

Why do creative minds gravitate toward one another? Why is the trope of the tragicomic duo so prevalent in film and literature? What happens to the concept of authorship when two individuals create together? Do certain mediums encourage collaboration more than others?

It Takes Two brings together more than 40 prominent visual artists, architects, dancers, musicians, writers, historians, and filmmakers to contemplate the idea of paired collaboration. Through back-to-back talks, performances, and conversations, the program’s wide range of speakers and participants address the complexity of creating in pairs. This program is presented on the occasion of the exhibition Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better, on view through April 27.

It Takes Two begins at 9pm and lasts until 4am. Tickets include overnight access to the exhibition and access to a cash bar. Advance tickets to It Takes Two are currently sold out. Additional tickets will be sold at the door for the duration of the program, as capacity allows, 8:30pm–3:45am.

Organized by exhibition curators Nancy Spector and Nat Trotman, with Ben Vershbow, Director, New York Public Library Labs.

Artist Matthew Barney and composer Jonathan Bepler
Professor Beatriz Colomina, Princeton University
Lise Anne Couture and Hani Rashid, Asymptote Architecture
Professor and philosopher Simon Critchley, The New School
Performance duo Dancenoise
Filmmakers and producers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, creators of the series “Making a Murderer”
Architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio
Artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset
Art and performance duo Fischerspooner
Artist duo Gerard & Kelly
Renate Goldmann, Director Leopold-Hoesch-Museum & Papiermuseum Düren, Germany
Choreographer/director/writer David Gordon and actor/dancer Valda Setterfield
Artists and fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Academy Award-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, of Disney’s film Frozen
Artist Nate Lowman
Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, creators of the Dear Data project
Experimental electronic band Matmos
Curator Linda Murray, New York Public Library
Associate Professor Bibiana Obler, George Washington University
Curator Christopher Phillips, International Center of Photography
Curator Doug Reside, New York Public Library
Multimedia performance and music duo Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble
Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Powers of Two
Architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien
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Major support for the exhibition has been provided by Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager, Basel. The Leadership Committee for Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better is gratefully acknowledged for its support, with special thanks to Chairs Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann. Additional support is provided by Matthew Marks; Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers; Galerie Eva Presenhuber; Glenstone; Collection Ringier; Alfred Richterich; Per Skarstedt; Walter A. Bechtler Foundation, Switzerland; Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zürich; Ulla Dreyfus-Best; Hauser & Wirth; Gigi and Andrea Kracht; Arend and Brigitte Oetker; and Sylvie Winckler. Funding is also generously provided by Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, National Endowment for the Arts, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, and New York State Council on the Arts.

The Sackler Center for Arts Education is a gift of the Mortimer D. Sackler Family. Endowment funding is provided by The Engelberg Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, The Elaine Terner Cooper Foundation, and the Esther Simon Charitable Trust. Educational activities and/or public programs are made possible in part by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, The Hilla von Rebay Foundation, and The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation. Funding is also provided by The Keith Haring Foundation; Deutsche Bank; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Windgate Charitable Foundation; the Sidney E. Frank Foundation; Guggenheim Partners, LLC; the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation; the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust; Dorothy and Elihu Modlin; and The Barker Welfare Foundation. Additional support from the Gap Foundation; Katherine and Peter Kend; the Jane A. Lehman and Alan G. Lehman Foundation; Con Edison; the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc.; the Henry E. Niles Foundation, Inc.; and the Metzger-Price Fund, Inc. is gratefully acknowledged. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation thanks the members of the Education Committee for their support.


It Takes Two—a night of artist talks, performances, and lectures at the Guggenheim

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