Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Ave and 7th St, Washington, DC 20560 - United States



Smithsonian Museum

Free Everyday

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.


Tino Sehgal: This You
September 01, 2018 – October 14, 2018
“Tino Sehgal’s ‘This You’—the first exclusively live work acquired for the Museum’s permanent collection in its forty-four-year history—will feature a solo female singer who will connect with visitors to produce intimate and memorable experiences. Expanding on the work of Conceptual artists, Sehgal employs the body, voice, and movement to create his works rather than traditional art materials.”

The Message: New Media Works
November 18, 2017 – September 23, 2018
The Message: New Media Works is a transformative journey through five contemporary film and video installations that use music, film and pop culture to reveal profound truths about life in the 21st century.

What Absence Is Made Of
October 18, 2017 – Spring 2020
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.

Tony Lewis: Anthology 2014–2016
March 06, 2018 – November 09, 2018
Anthology 2014–2016 is an installation of thirty-four original collage-poems by the Chicago-based artist Tony Lewis. Exhibited at the Hirshhorn for the first time in its entirety, this series of evocative black-and-white works draws on an unlikely source—Calvin and Hobbes comic books.

Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge
November 08, 2017 – November 12, 2018
“Politically and socially, we are at the edge of another precipice. I’m standing in the middle of a question about where we are as a nation.” – Mark Bradford

Available on mobile devices
Hirshhorn Eye (Hi for short) is a revolutionary new, in-gallery instant art guide that brings visitors face-to-face with artists by delivering compelling original videos through any visitor’s smartphone. To get started, simply enter hi.si.edu in your phone’s browser. As you move through the galleries, Hi uses the latest in image recognition technology to scan the art on view—from 3D sculpture to installation, even the D.C. skyline—to instantly unlock exclusive artist interviews and insights.

Programs available on Museum Day

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Check It Out: Hirshhorn | A Library + Art Pop-up Program
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM: Mid-day Art Break: Free Tour
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Afternoon Highlights: Free Tour


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