Posts Tagged ‘The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’

Hirshhorn Board Chair Constance Caplan Resigns

A lack of vision and transparency at the Hirshhorn has driven out another museum higher-up: This morning the Washington Post reported that Hirshhorn's Board of Trustees Chair Constance Caplan resigned on Monday. In her resignation letter, Caplan cites "the contentious manner and lack of inclusiveness with which a number of trustees and staff associated with the [...]

Smithsonian Scraps the Hirshhorn Bubble

The Bubble project has been officially canceled by the Smithsonian Institution. Officials are expected to announce soon that the long effort to build a temporary inflatable architecture pavilion inside the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has come to an end.
A source with close knowledge of the decision says Smithsonian Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture [...]

Hirshhorn Director Richard Koshalek Resigns; Bubble’s Fate Uncertain

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Director Richard Koshalek has resigned, effective at the end of this year, following an inconclusive vote by the Hirshhorn's Board of Trustees on his vision for an inflatable architectural pavilion for the museum, according to a source who attended the meeting. (Update, 4:11 p.m.: Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas confirms [...]

Popping Bottles or Popping Bubbles: May Countdown for the Hirshhorn

May has seen its share of inflatable art projects. The artist Christo completed Big Air Package, designed by Christo and Jeanne-Claude for the gasometer in Oberhausen, Germany. It's not the artists' first large inflatable, or even the artists' first project for the Oberhausen gasometer, but it's the world's largest inflated envelope. Flortijn Hofman's Rubber Duck [...]

Will the Bloomberg Balloon Violate the D.C. Height Act?

The answer's no, according to Liz Diller, principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the architecture firm that designed the Bloomberg Balloon, even though it'll be taller than 130 feet tall once it's inflated. In a TED Talk posted in April, Diller talks about how her firm came to the award-winning design. She gets into a [...]

Oneohtrix Point Never and Nico Jaar Added to “Song 1″ Live Lineup

The Hirshhorn has added two more acts to the lineup for its May 11 live-show version of its massive Doug Aitken music-video installation, Song 1. Nico Jaar and Oneohtrix Point Never will join confirmed acts High Places and No Age for a special "After Hours" party sponsored by Wired and Pitchfork.
Oneohtrix Point Never, a synth act with [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: “Suprasensorial,” Garvey the Chosen One, Friends With Kids

Kriston Capps leads the arts section with his review of "Suprasensorial," the Hirshhorn's impressively scaled but thematically suspect look at the Latin American artists who (supposedly) anticipated California's Light and Space movement. (He's skeptical.) Joe Warminsky reviews Money Train, the new full-length from heroically raunchy rapper Garvey the Chosen One. Tricia Olszewski reviews two very [...]

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