Guggenheim Gala 2019: The Post is all about the work of the museum in D.C.

The focus of the annual gala is to support the museum and community initiatives

The annual Guggenheim Gala has been dedicated to the work of the museum since 1987, but this year, The Washington Post devoted its front page to a year-long effort to spotlight the museum. The Jan. 12 gala at the National Gallery of Art has been a major focus for the Post, with the headline “Five Ways to Celebrate a Guggenheim Worth Celebrating” and an op-ed from Daniel Engber. The theme for this year’s gala, however, is specifically directed at the museum and a significant community initiative it champions.

Guggenheim Galleries: Hauser & Wirth, which launched late last year, is a project initiated by the European art collective to open up international galleries to the community. It is the fourth major project in Hauser & Wirth’s art series The Wirth Offer, which began in 2014 with the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. It and three other projects have raised funds to build five public artworks in Washington. During a town hall organized by The Post, founder/director of Hauser & Wirth Paris, Wissam Ben Ammar, spoke on stage about the project.

You can watch the town hall or check out more information about Hauser & Wirth at The gala will feature a performance by the rock band Lorde, who founded her own pop label in 2017. She appeared onstage with DJ Rami Essaid (a Seattle native who produced the Grammy-nominated Roots DJ’s Funk Master Flex soundtrack for the Netflix film “Mudbound”) to introduce a performance from Fat Cat, an electronic dance music group from Los Angeles. Several other DJ sets are on tap.

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