Sanatorium by Pedro Reyes

Installation view: Waiting Room from Sanatorium

June 2–5 and 9–12, 2011

New Yorkers are notably fascinated with a variety of therapies that help them cope with their hectic schedules, demanding lifestyle choices, and often complicated relationships that the city stimulates. As a result, New York counts a disproportionate number of psychotherapists, self-improvement instructors, life coaches, and the like that host intriguing sessions in equally fascinating spaces around the city. In his temporary clinic, Sanatorium (installed as the first edition of stillspotting nyc in Brooklyn), artist Pedro Reyes combines the best of New York’s existing therapy landscape with unexpected, short, experimental treatments. In two-hour windows, Sanatorium visitors experience up to three sessions from a roster of sixteen special “urban therapies.” Upon arrival, visitors will meet a receptionist who will assign the “therapies.” Balancing reality and parody, Sanatorium draws from Gestalt psychology, theater warm-up exercises, Fluxus events, conflict resolution techniques, trust-building games, corporate coaching, psychodrama, and hypnosis. While some of the sessions should be experienced alone, others are specifically catered to couples and larger groups.

Installation view: Department of Mudras

Installation view: Inner-Visioning

Installation view: Goodoo

Installation view: The Museum of Hypothetical Lifetimes from Sanatorium


Philosophical CasinoNeed to find the answer to that burning question? Why not ask the best minds that have walked the earth at the Philosophical Casino?

The Great Game of PowerMake a spatial analysis of the hidden forces that control Brooklyn at The Great Game of Power

EpitaphsWrite the words that you’ll be remembered by at Epitaphs

Compatibility Test for CouplesIs she or he the perfect match for you? Taste the flavor of love at the Compatibility Test for Couples

Ontological AlgebraSee your city dilemmas abridged as a mathematical formula at Ontological Algebra

GoodooChannel your healing energies even when you are far away from Brooklyn with Goodoo

CityleaksConfess one urban secret, and take another with you with no questions asked at Cityleaks

The Department of MudrasAlign your energies by using simple hand movements at The Department of Mudras

Ex-VotoThere won’t be more blessings in your life if you don’t express thanks at Ex-Voto for the ones you already have.

Heraldry MintMaking collages can be therapeutic because our lives are a constant flux of cut-and-paste. Come make a coat of arms of your family or your professional life at the Heraldry Mint.

Anagrams, Acronyms, and AliasesIf your name is truly your destiny, you had better understand the meaning of your name or even consider changing it. We can help at Anagrams, Acronyms, and Aliases.

The Museum of Hypothetical LifetimesCurate an exhibition about your life in the city at The Museum of Hypothetical Lifetimes

The Synesthetic TestExplore how the senses interact at The Synesthetic Test

The Vaccine against ViolenceDo you have urban frustrations? Vent and resolve them through The Vaccine against Violence (originally developed by Antanas Mockus, former mayor of Bogotá, Columbia).

The Tuning EffectInner-VisioningEngage in group therapy by recalibrating your senses and solving subconscious problems with The Tuning Effect (created by Mel S. Kimura-Bucholtz) or by fastening your seat belts for a mystery trip across dimensions at Inner-Visioning

The Guggenheim also extends thanks to the following community collaborators:

Mel Kimura Bucholtz
Forest City Ratner Companies
Timothy D. King, CPEX Real Estate



Sanatorium was located at 345 Jay Street, in downtown Brooklyn, New York (across from the NY City Transit building, between WC Arts & Drafting Supply store and Metro Cafe).

Hours and Ticketing

Thursdays, June 2 and 9, 2–10 pm
Entry Times: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00

Fridays, June 3 and 10, 2–10 pm
Entry Times: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00

Saturdays, June 4 and 11, 10 am–10 pm
Entry Times: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00

Sundays, June 5 and 12, 10 am–10 pm
Entry Times: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm*, 2:00*, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00
* denotes Family Day programming

On Sundays, June 5 and 12 2011, special sessions were offered for families, with complimentary admission for two children (12 and under) per purchased ticket.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for members. Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more.


stillspotting nyc PDF

For Kids

Download the stillspotting nyc for Kids PDFLiving in a big city can be fun. There’s so much going on—lots of people, traffic, and things to do. But where can you go to get a break from all the activity? The Guggenheim Museum’s project stillspotting nyc has asked artists and architects to answer that question and to create “spots” for us to enjoy “stillness.”

In 2011 and 2012, stillspotting projects took place across New York. To get you thinking about stillspotting, try this activity.

Brooklyn Family Activity Guide (PDF)

Pedro Reyes

Pedro ReyesThe works of Pedro Reyes (b. 1972, Mexico City) traverse the worlds of art, design, film, architecture, social criticism, and pedagogy. Originally trained as an architect, Reyes often focuses on issues of scale and space while questioning pressing social issues through the stimulation of individual and collective interaction and reflection. Reyes utilizes strategies developed for communication or education, as well as common sense and everyday humor, to engage his audiences. In the early 2000s, he became known for his performance and video works. Since then, his work has occasionally taken on a more sculptural or architectural approach, as in the capulas (penetrable sculptures) that he created between 2001 and 2009. In one of his best-known works, Shovels from Pistols (Palas por Pistolas, 2008– ), Reyes collected 1,527 guns from an open call through Culiacán, one of Mexico’s most violent cities. These weapons were then remade into shovels to eventually plant an equal number of trees in cities around the world. Among his most recent works is Baby Marx (2009), a puppet show for television that lightheartedly but effectively addresses capitalist, socialist-economic, and cultural systems through the eyes of children, Karl Marx, and Adam Smith. Reyes’s work has been exhibited worldwide including the Venice Biennale, the Carpenter Center at Harvard University, the Serpentine Gallery in London, and the New Museum in New York.

Above: Installation view: Waiting Room from Sanatorium, June 2–5 and 9–12, 2011. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. Photo: Kristopher McKay

Installation view: Goodoo from Sanatorium, June 2–5 and 9–12, 2011. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. Photo: Kristopher McKay

Installation view: Inner-Visioning from Sanatorium, June 2–5 and 9–12, 2011. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. Photo: Kristopher McKay

Installation view: The Museum of Hypothetical Lifetimes from Sanatorium, June 2–5 and 9–12, 2011. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. Photo: Kristopher McKay

Portrait of Pedro Reyes, courtesy of the artist

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