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Hirshhorn AfterHours Celebrates Hiroshi Sugimoto

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Media only:

Donna Drew Sawyer (202) 633-4765 or sawyerd@si.edu

Gabriel Einsohn (202) 633-2822 or einsohng@si.edu

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(202) 633-1000 www.hirshhorn.si.edu

Media Web site:

http://www.hirshhorn.si.edu/museum/press.asp

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WHAT: Hirshhorn After Hours, a free public event

WHEN: Thursday, March 30; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
7th Street at Independence Avenue S.W.

WHO: Hiroshi Sugimoto, artist
Richard Chartier and Taylor Dupree, sound artists
Kenta Nagai and Tatsuya Nakatani, musicians
Kerry Brougher, director of art and programs and chief curator

Hirshhorn After Hours celebrates artist Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948, Tokyo) and his 30-year career survey exhibition on view at the Hirshhorn Museum with an evening of art and cocktails. Sugimoto is known for his images of seascapes, movie theaters and architecture as well as richly detailed photographs of natural history dioramas, wax portraits and Buddhist sculptures.

- 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., galleries open; cash bar in Lobby

- 6 and 7 p.m., “Specification Fifteen,” a live world premiere of a new sound art created especially for the “Hiroshi Sugimoto” exhibition, Lerner Room, second level

- 6:30 p.m., Curator’s tour with Kerry Brougher, second level

- 8 p.m., Hiroshi Sugimoto will perform as benshi, narrating the beginning and epilogue of “The Water Magician” (1933), Kenji Mizoguchi’s masterwork of early Japanese cinema. The silent film also will be accompanied by shamisen music performed by Kenta Nagai and Tatsuya Nakatani. A discussion follows the performance. Film courtesy of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Ring Auditorium, lower level Museum admission and programs are free and open to the public. General admission tickets are required for entry into the film screening and are available at the Hirshhorn starting at 7:15 p.m. Seating is very limited. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. for the 8 p.m. program.

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