Arts Desk

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 be a great moment for contemporary art fans.

Also, for people trying to get laid.

Think about it: Where's there a better intersection of beautiful spring weather, contemporary art, free, and Beck? Aitken's video is even set to make-out music, The Flamingos' "I Only Have Eyes for You" (as sung by the likes of No Age and others.) If you've got better game than this, I'd like to see it.

With that in mind, I did some back-of-the-envelope math on how many dates the Hirshhorn is likely to host over the course of Aitken's show. As it's currently planned, it will run from dusk to midnight every night for 52 days. Count on, say, 10 days of rain and weather. Subtract another 7 Sundays (who goes on dates on Sundays?). Figure three dates for every night of the show: That's three different couples specifically at the very early impress-one-another-with-culture stage of dating.

So that's 52 nights – 10 nights off for weather – 7 Sundays * 3 dates per night = 105 Hirshhorn dates.

Count 'em. Note that the Hirshhorn is most certainly feeling the love. I ran this pitch by a Hirshhorn staffer who immediately said this number was wildly conservative.

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  1. #1

    I've counted upwards of a dozen couples on my occasional perambulations around SONG 1. Heck, there were two there after midnight last night -- at which point the show should've been over and said couples should've gone and gotten a room...

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