Futurefarmers at the Guggenheim

A new series by the art collective Futurefarmers asks visitors to sit at a cobbler’s bench in the Guggenheim and explore the intersection between the sole and the soul.

David Heald (c) Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2011

David Heald (c) Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2011

Working together as a team of artists and designers since 1995, Futurefarmers has collaborated with environmentalists, engineers, teachers, technicians and others to produce experimental endeavors around the world.

David Heald (c) Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2011

For its premiere offering in New York—the installation of a Shoemaker’s Atelier and Cobbler’s Bench at the Guggenheim Museum and interactive events that extend beyond the museum—the collective mixes metaphors of the sole, that carries one through the streets, and the soul, which takes one through life and requires constant searching and mending.

David Heald (c) Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2011

Participants are invited to engage with the interactive elements of the Guggenheim exhibit.

David Heald (c) Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2011

The Cobbler’s Bench at the Guggenheim extends the built-in seating, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, on the ground floor of the museum’s rotunda for people to gather upon.

David Heald (c) Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2011

The Futurefarmers project, which is part of the Guggenheim Museum’s innovative Intervals series, runs through May 14.