Posts Tagged ‘Hirshhorn’

Sequestration Limits Use of Space at Smithsonian

Sequestration won't just temporarily close some galleries at Smithsonian art museums. It will also limit the way the institution uses space in all of its museums, according to Smithsonian spokesperson Linda St. Thomas.
Sequestration is forcing the Smithsonian to leave some galleries unused after exhibits close, St. Thomas says. As ArtInfo's Tyler Green reported yesterday, that [...]

Sequestration Temporarily Closes Parts of Hirshhorn, African Art Museum, and Smithsonian Castle

Today, the Smithsonian announced that some parts of the Hirshhorn, the National Museum of African Art, and the Smithsonian Castle will temporarily close beginning Wednesday. The closures, which will last until Sept. 30, come as a consequence of the sweeping federal budget cuts known as sequestration.
Before today, the Smithsonian would only say that some unspecified [...]

Fleetness and Light: Projecting on Washington

Crow at the establishmentarianism of Official Washington, with its chunky buildings and drab marble; turn up your nose at the fed­eral government’s sprawling dominion over District acreage; whimper over its dull regality, all honor and remembrance and boring, boring history. But don’t deny this: Downtown Wash­ington is brimming with big, flat space.
Maybe that’s why projections—as [...]

The National Mall and the Hirshhorn Bubble: Too Many Studies, Not Enough Building

The latest issue of architecture journal Clog is devoted to the National Mall. Among several dozen short essays about the National Park Service-regulated expanse in downtown Washington, one of the standouts comes from Ennead Architects, a New York-based firm that has put in 15 years on various Mall projects. The unsigned editorial is short, but it [...]

As Hirshhorn Bubble Deadline Nears, Smithsonian Still Testing Its Feasibility

It's go time at the Hirshhorn Museum. With the museum's self-imposed spring deadline for committing to building the Bloomberg Balloon just months away, last Thursday the museum's board of trustees met to discuss, among other topics, the seasonal addition's fate. In the run-up to the meeting, the board identified consultants to perform a fundraising feasibility [...]

Arts Roundup: Grammys Edition

D.C. didn't fare well at the Grammys last night—sorry, Wale, Benny Blanco, et al.—but D.C. producer Alvin Risk did appear onstage as part of Skrillex's entourage. It's something. [Twitter]
Parking-lot attendees stole nearly $1.4 million from the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.; two employees get jail time [Post]
Phil Kennicott on the George W. Bush paintings: [...]

Arts Roundup: Inflatable Edition

It's not looking so good for the Hirshhorn's massive (in size and in price) "Bubble" project. [Post]
Balloon artist Katie Balloons explains why D.C. is an ideal place to be an artist. [HuffPost D.C.]
Traveling readers, rejoice! Barnes & Noble at Union Station will stay open for another year. [Washington Business Journal]
A long look at the myriad [...]

Arts Roundup: Mouseketeer Edition

The Hirshhorn is selling a Picasso painting of a Mouseketeer. [New York Times]
Animal Collective's Geologist, aka Brian Weitz, lives in D.C., and here are some places where you can stalk him. [Post]
Southwest church gets tie-dyed. [Prince of Petworth]
Newish venues The Hamilton and Howard Theatre give a boost to D.C.'s gospel brunch scene. [Post]
If Southwest's federal [...]

Arts Roundup: Superficial Fodder for Social Media Edition

"At its worst, the [Barbara] Kruger installation [at Hirshhorn] is simply a backdrop, wallpaper for snapshots, superficial fodder for social media or a jumble of bold color leading to the gift shop, where matching tote bags and wallets are available for purchase." [Post]
Peter Marks says Kathleen Turner shines in Arena's Molly Ivins [Post]
Where does Gwydion [...]

Security Guard Dies of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound at Hirshhorn Museum

Update, 4:53 p.m.: The Washington Post reports that the guard was 31 or 32 years old, and he shot himself with his department-issued revolver.
The Smithsonian is tweeting about a possible suicide that has taken place inside a non-public area inside the Hirshhorn Museum.
Shortly after 4 p.m., the Smithsonian account tweeted, "Police are investigating death of @hirshhorn security guard [...]

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