Arts Desk

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 means when a special exhibition reaches the end of its run, the gallery that housed it will remain inactive until at least the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

For example: When the Hirshhorn's "Over, Under, Next" exhibit closes Sept. 8, the gallery it occupies will not be turned over until "Damage Control" opens on Oct. 24.

Green reports that Jennie C. Jones' Hirshhorn show, however, is still slated to open May 16 as planned.

Image courtesy of Smithsonian

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