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Upcoming Programs at the Hirshhorn

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Photo: Lee Stalsworth
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a variety of public programs that give visitors from all backgrounds and levels of interest the opportunity to experience, explore, and understand the art and artists of our time. It is our mission to create a learning community that brings art, artists, and audiences together in a lively, creative environment. From gallery tours and lectures to youth programs and late-night performances, the Hirshhorn shares the Smithsonian’s commitment to the diffusion of knowledge and lifelong learning.

Friday, March 6, 2015
12:30 pm | Meet at Information Desk

Friday Gallery Talk: Michael Vetter on Lucian Freud
Curatorial research assistant and UMD doctoral candidate Michael Vetter discusses Lucian Freud’s Nude with Leg Up (Leigh Bowery), 1992, on view in At the Hub of Things: New Views of the CollectionMore…

Friday, March 13, 2015
12:30 pm | Meet at Information Desk

Friday Gallery Talk: Kenjiro Okazaki with Katsuyoshi Tsujita
Please join us for an exciting Friday Gallery Talk with Smithsonian artist and research fellow Kenjiro Okazaki. Okazaki will discuss his research on Ukrainian-born American artists John D. Graham and David Davidovich Burliuk. Exploring notions of time and region within these artists’ work, he will illustrate possibilities of different networks of time. By examining drawings by Graham and Burliuk in the Smithsonian collections and through live-action gestural studies, Okazaki uses digital technology to analyze and reproduce the characteristics unique to each artist based on these gestures. Okazaki will be joined by robotics engineer Dr. Katsuyoshi Tsujita to discuss their collaboration on these projects. More…

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Film screening at 6 pm, discussion at 7:15 pm | Ring Auditorium

Meet the Artists: Jason Moran and Theaster Gates
In May 2014, renowned jazz pianist, composer, and performance artist Jason Moran collaborated with visual artist Theaster Gates on Looks of a Lot, a live performance commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The eponymously titled documentary by RoundO Films follows their collaboration. Also featured in the film are saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Vandermark and bassist and vocalist Katie Ernst, as well as students from the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band, musicians who were integral to the project. Join us for a screening of the documentary followed by a discussion between Moran and Gates. More…

Friday, March 27, 2015
12:30 pm | Meet at Information Desk

Friday Gallery Talk: Kelly Gordon on Days Of Endless Time
Curator Kelly Gordon leads a tour of Days of Endless TimeMore…

Thursday, April 2, 2015
6:30 pm | Ring Auditorium

Curators in Conversation: Melissa Chiu and James T. Demetrion
Hirshhorn: Past, Present, and Future. As part of the Museum’s ongoing 40th anniversary celebration, Hirshhorn director Melissa Chiu welcomes Jim Demetrion for a discussion of the legacy and future of the Museum. The annual James T. Demetrion Lecture, which has featured such notable artists as Jeff Koons, Marina Abramović, and Claes Oldenburg, was established in 2001 to celebrate Demetrion’s seventeen-year tenure as the Hirshhorn’s second director. This program is presented as part of the ongoing Curators in Conversation series, which focuses on creativity–what inspires curiosity, motivates imagination, and produces meaning. More…

Friday, April 24, 2015
6:30 pm | Ring Auditorium

Meet the Artist: Julie Mehretu
Presented in collaboration with the National Museum of African Art, Ethiopian-born American artist Julie Mehretu speaks about her practice as part of the Hirshhorn’s ongoing Meet the Artist series. Exploring time and place, Mehretu layers gestural marks and architectural, geographical, and historical symbols to create large-scale semi-abstract canvases. Her work is included in The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, on view at the National Museum of African Art April 8–August 2, 2015. Guest-curated by Simon Njami, the multimedia exhibition exploring Dante’s fourteenth-century epic includes original commissions and renowned works of art by approximately forty of the most dynamic contemporary artists from nineteen African nations and the diaspora. More…

Saturday, May 16, 2015
6 pm | Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Shirin Neshat: Facing History Opening Gala
For more information about the Gala or to purchase tickets, please contact 212.916.1338 or PaksimaL@si.edu. More…

Monday, May 18, 2015
6:30 pm | Ring Auditorium

Meet the Artist: Shirin Neshat
Shirin Neshat discusses her work in conjunction with the opening of Shirin Neshat: Facing History. Based in New York, the artist creates photographs, films, and video installations that explore power and identity in the Islamic world—particularly in her native country of Iran, where she lived until 1975. Commenting on freedom and loss, Neshat’s deeply humanistic art is at once personal, political, and allegorical. Join us for the latest evening in the Museum’s ongoing Meet the Artist series. More…

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