Art Appreciation

Works from the Collection of Mimi Poser

Mimi Poser (right) with Mary Sharp Cronson, founder of Works & Process, at the opening of the 1984 exhibition Michael Singer. Photo: Marilyn Mazur via The Guggenheim

In the 1970s, The Guggenheim began broadcasting a regularly scheduled radio show, Round and About the Guggenheim, on New York’s Public Radio, WNYC. A precursor to our modern day podcasts, the show was the creation of the museum’s head development officer, Mimi Poser, whose career at The Guggenheim would span nearly two decades. With Poser as moderator, the series covered a wide range of topics from artists and artworks, to special events, to museum practices with many episodes centering on the museum’s current exhibitions. Each episode provided an interview with artists and experts from across the industry, informing audiences of the inner workings of institutions as well as current trends and issues within the art world. It was Poser’s narration, guidance, and knowledge during these interviews that encouraged in listeners a greater appreciation for both the influential artists of the age as well as the art industry as a whole. 

Listen to episodes from Round and About the Guggenheim with Mimi Poser

Los Carpinteros

Cuban artist collective Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters) was founded in Havana in 1992 by Marco Antonio Castillo Valdes, Dagoberto Rodriguez Sanchez, and Alexandre Arrechea (who departed the group in 2003). One of their guiding principles was the renunciation of the “notion of individual authorship” and related adoption of “an older guild tradition of artisans and skilled laborers” which emphasized their belief in what they see as the inherently collaborative nature of art. Since the group’s inception they have created some of the most important art ever to emerge from Cuba. Their work incorporates elements from sculpture, architecture, and design, creating installations and drawings that explore the dichotomy between object and function, practicality and uselessness. At turns unexpected and humorous, Los Carpinteros’ oeuvre encourages the viewer to ponder the intersectionality of art and society in new, meaningful ways, and can be found in countless permanent collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Vienna, Austria and the Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City.

Auction Results Los Carpinteros