To cap the evening's festivities, the Guggenheim's chief curator, Nancy Spector, unveiled the museum's latest acquisition. Entitled "For the Guggenheim," conceptual artist Jenny Holzer's projection of poetry scrolling in huge white letters up the revitalized facade will be on view every Friday night until the end of the year, with a special show on New Year's Eve, and a slightly reduced schedule thereafter.
But even greater anticipation surrounds the Guggenheim's announcement, expected today, of the successor to Thomas Krens, the museum's larger-than-life director for the past twenty years who oversaw both this restoration and the previous one in 1992.
All bets are on Richard Armstrong, the former director of the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Guggenheim director Thomas Krens speaking at last night's celebration