Art Enthusiasts Will Delight at “Ghosts at the Guggenheim” Presentation

April 9, 2010 at 8:39 am

Nat Trotman, associate curator at the Guggenheim Museum, will give an interesting presentation entitled “Ghosts at the Guggenheim” on Thursday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the University of South Carolina Upstate. This presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center, Room 101.

Currently on exhibit at the Guggenheim is Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, which is curated by Jennifer Blessing, curator of photography, and Nat Trotman, associate curator. This exhibition examines myriad ways photographic imagery is incorporated into recent practice and in the process underscores the unique power of reproductive media while documenting a widespread contemporary obsession, both collective and individual, with accessing the past. Much of contemporary photography and video seems haunted by the past, by ghostly apparitions that are reanimated in reproductive media, as well as in live performance and the virtual world. By using dated, passé, or quasi-extinct stylistic devices, subject matter, and technologies, this art embodies a melancholic longing for an otherwise irrecuperable past.

The works included in the exhibition range from individual photographs and photographic series, to sculptures and paintings that incorporate photographic elements, and to videos, both on monitors and projected, as well as film, performance, and site-specific installations. Drawn primarily from the Guggenheim Museum collection, Haunted will feature recent acquisitions, many of which will be exhibited by the museum for the first time. Included in the show will be work by such artists as Marina Abramović, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Sophie Calle, Tacita Dean, Stan Douglas, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roni Horn, Zoe Leonard, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jeff Wall, and Andy Warhol. A significant part of the exhibition will be dedicated to work created since 2001 by younger artists.

Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance will remain on exhibit through September 6. To learn more, visit

Trotman joined the curatorial staff in 2001. He holds an M.Phil. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he focused on performance, photography, and time-based art, and is a graduate of the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. Among the Guggenheim exhibitions he has curated are Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance (with Jennifer Blessing), The Shapes of Space (with Ted Mann and Kevin Lotery), and a pair of yearlong presentations of installation art for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. He has also served as assistant curator for the exhibitions Catherine Opie: American Photographer and Felix Gonzalez-Torres: America, and as curatorial assistant for Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History; David Smith: A Centennial; Richard Serra: The Matter of Time; Constantin Brancusi: The Essence of Things; and Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle.

For more information, contact Dr. Rachel Snow, assistant professor of art history at USC Upstate, at  (864) 503-5853 or