Posts Tagged ‘Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’

Robert Irwin’s Future Hirshhorn Scrim is Tested for Wind Resistance in California

On Sunday, San Luis Obispo, California's Tribune reported that artist Robert Irwin and his assistant, Jeff Jamieson, are preparing for a site-specific scrim installation at the Hirshhorn in 2015.
"Right now it is a proposed site-conditioned project," confirms Glenn Dixon, public information officer at the Hirshhorn (and former WCP staffer). The scrim is intended to be placed under the drum [...]

The Best D.C. Photography Exhibits of 2013

If you wanted to see good photography in D.C. in 2013, you had lots of options. Sweeping historical surveys? Sure. Tech-forward experiments? Yep. Landscapes, scientific images, personal explorations? Check, check, and check. Here, in descending order, are my picks for the best photographic exhibits in the Washington area this year.

1. “Black Box: Gerco de Ruijter” [...]

No Hirshhorn Bubble. Now What?

With some of its gallery space closed as a result of the sequester, its director on the way out, its ambitious project for a temporary architectural pavilion scrapped, and its staff and board suffering vacancies that will be difficult to fill, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is at low tide.
Now the Smithsonian begins the [...]

Arts Roundup: Sinking Balloon Edition

Another one bites the dust: While the Hirshhorn Museum continues to mull the future of the Bloomberg Ballon project, the chairman of the museum's board of trustees, J. Tomilson Hill, has stepped down. Hill's resignation comes less than a year after another board member, Barbara Levine, resigned. [Post]
The SUPAFRIK pop-up shop and gallery is coming [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Robert Hosea Williams, Ai Weiwei, Chuck Brown

Ryan Little leads this week's arts section with his look at the career of Robert Hosea Williams, a recording engineer whose exquisite, long lost recordings of '70s D.C. soul have now seen the light of day. Kriston Capps reviews two installations by Ai Weiwei, the wry, political Chinese artist who spent part of 2011 detained [...]

“Song 1″ Extended at the Hirshhorn, and Geologist Added to Friday’s “Happening”

Is there more to say about Doug Aitken's "Song 1?" Briefly, there is: The 360-degree projection has been extended to May 20. It was originally set to end this weekend.
Also, this Friday's "Happening"—for which the museum will turn off the soundtrack to the massive installation and allow a handful of Pitchfork and Wired-approved acts to [...]

Hirshhorn Museum Staffs Up

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden just announced three new hires. Adam Budak, a curator from the Kunsthaus Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz, Austria—an institution with a bubble even weirder than the Hirshhorn's—will serve as the museum's new curator of contemporary art. The museum also hired assistant curators Melissa Ho, an art historian from [...]

No Age, High Places to Perform at “Song 1″ Happening at the Hirshhorn

In May, the Hirshhorn will hit mute on the marquee indie-rock soundtrack accompanying Doug Aitken's monumental "Song 1" installation, and replace it with...a marquee indie-rock concert. A four-hour "happening" on May 11—co-sponsored by Pitchfork and Wired magazine—will feature live outdoor performances by No Age, High Places, and "a slew of others," according to the Hirshhorn's Jenny Leehey. The [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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