Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Ave at 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20560 - United States
Now entering its fifth decade, the Hirshhorn is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, on the National Mall, we are free to all, and open 364 days a year. As one of the most visited modern art museums in the U.S., we seek to share the transformative power of modern and contemporary art by creating meaningful, personal experiences in which art, artists, audiences and ideas converge. Through groundbreaking exhibitions, events, research and acquisitions, we create the space where people encounter the most important artists of the 21st century. The Hirshhorn’s holdings encompass one of the most important collections of postwar American and European art in the world. We are committed to providing the artists of today a national platform to explore new ways to create, with performance, digital media, video, and technology.
"Feel the Sun in Your Mouth: Recent Acquisitions"
Brings together artworks acquired by the Hirshhorn over the past five years. Highlighting works that encapsulate the current moment, the exhibition is an opportunity to acknowledge deep trends in the cultural landscape and identify art that is opening new avenues of exploration. Filling the Museum’s lower-level galleries with more than twenty-five works in a variety of media by artists from a dozen countries, the show weaves together global perspectives on critical contemporary issues.
"Manifesto: Art x Agency"
Examines the art historical impact of artist manifestos from the 20th century to present day. The group exhibition includes German artist Julian Rosefeldt’s "Manifesto," presented as a multichannel film installation for the first time in Washington, D.C., alongside a diverse selection of works from the Museum’s permanent collection. Comprising more than 100 works of art and ephemera created over a hundred-year period, the exhibition explores how artists used manifestos to engage with the political and social issues of their time and how contemporary practices still employ art as a tool in the making of history.
What does absence look like? How can loss—of objects, of memory, of yourself—become a tool for artistic expression? In the face of today’s increasingly noisy consumer culture, "What Absence Is Made Of" answers these questions and more as it mines the Hirshhorn’s extensive collection in search of the mind-bending ways that artists surmount the limits of the material world.
"Mark Bradford: Pickett's Charge"
Is a monumental commission that spans nearly 400 linear feet—one of the internationally renowned artist's largest works to date. Bradford drew inspiration for this new work from French artist Paul Philippoteaux’s nineteenth-century cyclorama, currently on view in Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania. Philippoteaux’s cyclorama depicts Pickett’s Charge—the final charge of the Battle of Gettysburg, which historians cite as the critical turning point of the Civil War and, consequently, of American history. Working with a combination of colored paper and reproductions of the original, Bradford transformed the historic Gettysburg imagery into a series of eight powerful, abstract paintings. By cutting, tearing, and scraping through the layers, Bradford reveals the hidden textures and complexities lurking just beneath the surface. Each painting is more than forty-five feet long, and together they encircle the entire Third Level inner-circle galleries.
"Barbara Kruger: Belief+Doubt"
Fills the Lower Level lobby and extends into the Museum bookstore. Famous for her incisive photomontages, Kruger has focused increasingly over the past two decades on creating environments that surround the viewer with language. The entire space—walls, floor, escalator sides—is wrapped in text-printed vinyl, immersing visitors in a spectacular hall of voices, where words either crafted by the artist or borrowed from the popular lexicon address conflicting perceptions of democracy, power, and belief.
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