Installation view of The Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas: Recent Sculpture at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
October 26, 2006 to January 7, 2007
The Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas: Recent Sculpture features the work of nine international contemporary artists. These freestanding, self-contained objects result from labor-intensive processes in which materials are carefully combined and articulated-often deliberately incorporating the handmade with mass-produced consumer goods. While these artists propose new possibilities and challenges for the medium, they simultaneously engage with the formal concerns of modern sculpture and build upon the strategies of a number of groundbreaking twentieth-century movements, such as Dada, Fluxus, assemblage, and the readymade. The exhibition’s title evokes a quality of open-endedness wherein questions are posed and single meanings are denied. It is this sense of uncertainty that the artists in the exhibition reflect upon and mirror in their sculpture. This project is organized by associate curator Anne Ellegood.
The Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas: Recent Sculpture is organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The exhibition is made possible by the Hirshhorn’s Board of Trustees with additional support from Barbara and Aaron Levine, The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation, the Peter Norton Family Foundation, and the Museum’s National Benefactors.