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Hirshhorn Museum Announces Black Box Presentation Featuring Danish Artist Jesper Just

Thursday, September 7, 2006

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The Hirshhorn Museum announces a new Black Box presentation featuring Danish artist Jesper Just from Aug. 23 through Dec. 10. The Hirshhorn’s Black Box highlights recent film and video works by a diverse range of emerging international artists. Just (born 1974, Denmark) creates short films distinguished by their quirky scenarios and meticulous production techniques. His vignettes focus on universal juxtapositions, including age versus youth and macho camaraderie versus suppressed sexuality, which question traditional male stereotypes and roles. Actor Johannes Lilleore plays the “everyman” character in these dark, vivid dreamscapes about shifts in power and loss of control. Titles included in the Black Box are “No Man is an Island II” (2004) and “Something to Love” (2005).

The artist currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. He earned a bachelor’s degree from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2003. In 2006, he had solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Perry Rubenstein Gallery in New York. Just’s exhibition “Something to Love” at the Herning Kunstmuseum in Herning, Denmark, in 2005, traveled to the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden in 2006. To listen to a free pod cast of the artist speaking about his work in the Black Box visit www.hirshhorn.si.edu. “Black Box: Jesper Just” is organized by associate curator Kelly Gordon and is located on the lower level of the Hirshhorn Museum. Films run continuously during regular museum hours. After this presentation, the Black Box will feature works by Swedish artist Magnus Wallin (Dec. 15-March 2007).

Just will speak about his exhibition at the Hirshhorn at Meet the Artist: Jesper Just on Wed., Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. The Hirshhorn’s Meet the Artist series brings leading contemporary artists from around the world to Washington, D.C. Programs take place in the Ring Auditorium. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; advance ticketing starts at 6:15 p.m. Meet the Artist talks are available for download as free Podcasts at www.hirshhorn.si.edu.

The Hirshhorn Museum, the Smithsonian’s museum of international modern and contemporary art, has some 11,500 paintings, sculptures, mixed media installations and works on paper in its collection. The Hirshhorn maintains an active and diverse exhibition program and offers an array of free public programs. The museum, located at Independence Avenue and Seventh Street S.W., is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25), and admission is free.

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