Maybe you can visit the Guggenheim in New York in December and January

The rebirth of classical beauty and order between World War I and II manifested across aesthetic disciplines, including painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, and even fashion. This month, explore classicism in fashion at a lecture by renowned costume historian Patricia Mears on Dec 7. 

We are proud to announce new films presented in conjunction with Chaos and Classicism, plus a tour with exhibition curator Kenneth E. Silver this Friday, Dec 3, free with museum admission.

Constructing Classicism in Fashion
Tuesday, Dec 7, 6:30 pm
Join Patricia Mears, Deputy Director of The Museum at FIT, renowned costume historian, and style expert for a lecture  inspired by fashion in Chaos and Classicism. Between the world wars, women such as Madeleine Vionnet dominated fashion design in Paris and New York. Charting the embrace of classicism, Mears will discuss clothing innovations that defined fashion in the 1930s, how they changed the course of modern dress, and continue to influence couture today. A reception and exhibition viewing of Chaos and Classicism follows. 

Learn more about Vionnet’s caftan dress, 1921 (left) and other works in the Chaos and Classicism online exhibition.

$10, $7 members and students

Is Returning to the Past Modern?
Wed, Jan 5, 1 pm
In the spirit of Chaos and Classicism, the Sackler Center for Arts Education presents a symposium showcasing emerging scholars. Through new research, this series of focused presentations will explore the question of whether artists and architects working between the wars (1918–1945) and across international regions can look to the past for inspiration, and still be considered modern. 

To register and view the complete list of speakers and topics, visit Free.

Fri, Dec 3, 2 pm: Join exhibition curator Kenneth E. Silver for a tour of Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 19181936. Watch video interviews on YouTube

Fri, Dec 10, 2 pm: Join curator of collections and exhibitions Tracey Bashkoff for a tour of Broken Forms: European Modernism from the Guggenheim Collection.

FREE with museum admission
Meets at Information Desk

Metropolis (1927)
Fri, Dec 3 and 10, 12 and 3 pm
This newly restored silent film takes place in 2026, when the populace is divided between workers who must live in the dark underground and the rich who enjoy a city of splendor. Courtesy Kino International. 

The Architecture of Doom (1991)
Fri, Dec 17 and 24, noon and 3 pm
Featuring film footage of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi regime, this film captures the inner workings of the Third Reich and the Nazi aesthetic in art, architecture, and popular culture. Courtesy First Run Feature Films.

FREE with museum admission
See full film schedule

Free Holiday Concert
Sun and Mon, Dec 19 and 20, 6:30 pm
Celebrate the season with the joyous sound of holiday music in the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda. George Steel will conduct the Vox Vocal Ensemble and the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble in what has become a revered annual tradition for holiday enthusiasts of all ages. 

FREE to the public