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Hirshhorn Launches “Dialogues” with a Live Twitter Q-and-A Session with Artist and Filmmaker Julian Schnabel

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum announces a new programming series for virtual visitors called “Dialogues” as part of its ongoing commitment to engage audiences beyond the walls of the museum. In March, the museum held the first live Twitter Q-and-A event with performance art pioneer Marina Abramović, and this new social media-based program continues that momentum. “Dialogues” provides a special opportunity for virtual audiences to connect with leading contemporary artists, filmmakers, photographers, scholars and critics. The program will feature monthly Twitter discussions, and each session will be archived at http://hirshhorn.tumblr.com.

“Dialogues” launches May 13 in a conversation with artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel. At 2:30 p.m. EDT, Twitter users can join in on the conversation as Schnabel answers audience questions in real time for 45 minutes. Questions can be submitted by using the hashtag #askJulian. Schnabel will be at the Hirshhorn for a pair of evening events that mark the conclusion of the museum’s spring film series and related programming for “Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964–1977,” which closes May 15.

The public may follow @Hirshhorn on Twitter to get the latest announcements for upcoming “Dialogues” announcements. The next session in early June will be broadcast live from the Venice Biennale in Italy.

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