As has been proven throughout this pandemic, the creativity of artists around world has not been silenced. Online dance classes, performances of music, theater, dance and even art gallery showings have begun increasing in numbers. Not just previously seen performances, but new and original works designed specifically for virtual streaming. Below is a press release sent out by Michelle Tabnick Public Relations announcing Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has just announced the August premieres for Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions.

New commissions are posted on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube (@worksandprocess) every Sunday and Monday at 7:30 pm. Beginning in April of this year, the Guggenheim has continued to support artists financially and to help them continue to create new and exciting work. The museum’s Board and donors raised over $150, 000 in commissioning funds that were granted to more than 100 artists. These new works are under five minutes and all were created while maintaining physical-distancing.

August 2          Ashley Laracey and Troy Schumacher
August 3          Gabrielle Lamb
August 9          Michael Novak and Josh Prince
August 10        Malcolm Jason Low and Jodi Melnick
August 16        Adrian Danchig-Waring, Joseph Gordon and HIPS
August 17        Alejandro Cerrudo and Ana Lopez
August 23        Silas Farley
August 24        Andrea Miller
August 30        Courtney Cochran
August 31        Carson Murphy and Nicholas Van Young


As of July 23, those participating in the Works & Progress Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions include: Stella Abrera, Evita Arce, Ephrat Asherie, BalletX, Brandon Stirling Baker, LaTasha Barnes, Reid Bartelme, Lisa Bielawa, Stefanie Batten Bland, Joshua Bergasse, Hope Boykin, Brian Brooks, Camille A. Brown, Nora Brown, Tony Buck, Nathan Bugh, Rena Butler, Donald Byrd, Chris Celiz, Alejandro Cerrudo, Courtney Cochran, Gaby Cook, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Dylan Crossman, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Machine Dazzle, Viva DeConcini, Simone Dinnerstein, Michelle Dorrance, Silas Farley, Jack Ferver, Tom Gold, Joseph Gordon, Amy Hall Garner, Anthony Hawley, Maxfield Haynes, Dance Heginbotham, HIPS, Adam Charlap Hyman, Dick Hyman, Michael R. Jackson, Jeremy Jacob, Colin Jacobsen, Michael Jagger, John Jarboe, Harriet Jung, Larry Keigwin, Gabrielle Lamb, Ashley Laracey, Pontus Lidberg, Ana Lopez, Malcolm Jason Low, Dave Malloy, Missy Mazzoli, Ryan McNamara, Sara Mearns, Jodi Melnick, Andrea Miller, Isaac Mizrahi, Nico Muhly, Carson Murphy, Gillian Murphy, Michael Novak, Josh Prince, Caili Quan, Sascha Radetsky, Jamar Roberts, Anthony Rodriguez, Leonardo Sandoval, Kamala Sankaram, Zoe Sarnak, Penny Saunders, Claudia Schreier, Troy Schumacher, Margo Seibert, Dan Siegler, Dawn Sinkowski, Victoria Sin, Gus Solomons Jr., Ethan Stiefel, Karma Stylz, Macy Sullivan, Pam Tanowitz, Adam Tendler, Conrad Tao, Caleb Teicher, Richard Thomas, Charles Turner, Nicholas Van Young, Preeti Vasudevan, Eyal Vilner, David Watson, Omari Wiles, Zack Winokur, and Nicole Wolcott

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Dan Siegler and Dawn Sinkowski - Photo courtesy of the artists.


And what a wonderful way to support the dance community. Obviously, all of their performance fees are gone, but also so many work in restaurants or as yoga instructors and those gigs are on hold as well. I was just thinking about how I didn’t know where my next dollar was going to come from and you answered that!

I’d love to donate my fee to a dancer who cannot legally file for unemployment and is stuck in New York.

I’m so happy to hear that you’ve reached out to so many artists in my web of collaborators — I’m, of course, experiencing personal hardship, but I’m much more broken up about the hardship that my collaborators are experiencing. Thanks for what you do.

As soon as I read your email my head started going on ideas and I started experimenting. Thanks for reaching out and triggering my brain to experiment at home during this time!

Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions has been supported by Jody and John Arnhold, Stuart Coleman and Meryl Rosofsky, Antonio Convit and Tim McGraw, Lucy Dobrin, Adam Flatto, Bart Friedman, Bond Koga, Jayne Lipman, Eve Mykytyn, Michele and Steven Pesner, Cynthia Hazen Polsky, Stephen Kroll Reidy, Denise Saul, Annalyn Swan, Shelby White and many others.  Virtual video design supported by Anupam and Rajika Puri. New music for dance supported by The Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim

Described by The New York Times as “an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process,” for 35 years, New Yorkers have been able to see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed artists in the world, in an intimate setting unlike any other. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading creators and performers. Most performances take place in the Guggenheim’s intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 273-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. In 2017, Works & Process established a new residency and commissioning program, inviting artists to create new works, made in and for the iconic Guggenheim rotunda. In 2020, Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions was created to financially support artists and nurture their creative process during the pandemic.

Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by the Ford Foundation, the Christian Humann Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Works & Process has received support from the U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program and NYC Employee Retention Grant Program.

Press release distributed by Michelle Tabnick Public Relations, July 24, 2020.

Featured image: Ryan McNamara – Photo courtesy of the artist.