Posts Tagged ‘Doug Aitken’

All “SONG 1″ Considered

My friend Jen Graves, the art critic for the Seattle Stranger, wrote to me yesterday about Doug Aitken. Graves reports that the Seattle Art Museum has announced that Aitken is bringing a permanent video installation to the museum's facade. Since D.C. is presently enjoying a (merely temporary) Aitken facade installation, Graves asked me what I [...]

10 Versions of the Song in Doug Aitken’s “Song 1″

No dearth of hipness went into the soundtrack of "Song 1," Doug Aitken's sublime, monumental work of video art currently ringing the curved exterior of the Hirshhorn Museum. The looped, 35-minute "Song 1" could be a series of interlinked music videos—romantic, unquestionably; universal, but not quite comforting, in their lack of specificity; chilling in their anomie, [...]

At Hirshhorn “SONG 1″ Lecture, Civilians Need Not Apply

No question: Doug Aitken's SONG 1 is a hit. Last night's debut at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden saw hundreds of onlookers line up in the late afternoon to find the best spot to see the artist's video installation at sunset. Many more filed in after the video started. One of the best sights [...]

ToDo ToDay: Art Adventures, “Song 1,” and Way More

Where does an artist turn when variations on a theme just becomes a rut? For some, such as Brian Eno, lateral-thinking exercises are all they need to spark creativity. Eno co-created the “Oblique Strategies,” where each card in the deck has a phrase or question to inspire an artist to try a new approach. But [...]

Official Name for the Hirshhorn Bubble: “The Bloomberg Balloon”

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's upcoming "bubble" project has a new name: the Bloomberg Balloon.
According to Hirshhorn Director Richard Koshalek, the Bloomberg Balloon is the name that will be given to the museum's temporary inflatable pavilion, which was designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and will come online in 2013. The museum originally [...]

105 Dates at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Tonight, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden debuts SONG 1, a video installation by Doug Aitken that will be projected onto the entire exterior of Gordon Bunshaft's cylindrical museum. It seems like the weather is cooperating beautifully, and it's shaping up to be one of the most exciting openings in recent memory. It's going to [...]