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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

Friday, September 12
12:30 pm | Meet at the Information Desk

Friday Gallery Talk: Theodore Prescott on Salvatore Scarpitta
Sculptor and writer Theodore Prescott on helping Scarpitta create Sal Cragar and other racecars in the 1960s. More…

Wednesday, October 8
7 pm | Ring Auditorium

Scarpitta in Context: Germano Celant and Paul Schimmel in Conversation
A fascinating and singular figure in postwar art, Salvatore Scarpitta (1919–2007) created a powerful body of work that ranges from nonobjective abstraction to radical realism. Deeply admired in Europe, where he began his career, the artist has yet to be fully recognized in his native United States. Please join us for an informative dialogue between Germano Celant, artistic director of the Prada Foundation and senior curator of contemporary art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Paul Schimmel, former chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and organizer of Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void 1949–1962. They will discuss Scarpitta’s significant contribution to visual art, his critical reception, and his first-hand experience of World War II. More…

Friday, October 17
8pm | Hirshhorn Plaza

After Hours: Zola Jesus Performing Live!
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 866.868.7774, or in person at any Smithsonian IMAX Box Office. More…

Friday, October 24
12:30 pm | Meet at the Information Desk

Friday Gallery Talk: Salvatore Scarpitta exhibition tour
Hirshhorn assistant curator Melissa Ho gives a tour of Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler

Saturday, November 8
4 pm | Ring Auditorium

James T. Demetrion Lecture – Claes Oldenburg: Spirit of the Monument
One of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Claes Oldenburg is known for his soft sculptures, performance pieces, and installations, as well as for the many architectural-scale public works he made with his late wife and partner Coosje van Bruggen. Featured prominently on the Hirshhorn’s Plaza and in the 40th anniversary exhibition At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection, Oldenburg’s works transform the scale, function, and shape of familiar objects, allowing viewers to see the ordinary in unexpected ways. Please join us for this tenth annual Demetrion Lecture, as the artist discusses the development of his inventive sculptural work. More…

Thursday, November 20
7 pm | Ring Auditorium

Curators In Conversation: 33 Artists In 3 Acts
The Curators in Conversation series concentrates on creativity—what inspires curiosity, motivates imagination, and produces meaning. The newly inaugurated platform will continue with internationally renowned curator Francesco Bonami, who will be joined by cultural sociologist and best-selling author Sarah Thornton. They will discuss the issues behind 33 Artists in 3 Acts, Thornton’s new book, which examines the role of artists around the world today. Thornton interviewed 130 artists before settling on the ones who feature in her narratives, including Maurizio Cattelan, Damien Hirst, Rashid Johnson, Jeff Koons, Laurie Simmons, Martha Rosler, and Andrea Fraser. More…

Wednesday, December 10
7 pm | Ring Auditorium

Meet the Artist: Charles Simonds
Over the past forty years, New York–based artist Charles Simonds has been creating an imaginative body of work investigating the relationship between humans and their environment. Combining sculpture, architecture, performance, and community planning, Simonds’s oeuvre centers on an exploration of the way people’s beliefs are reflected in the structures they build. His sculpture Rock Flower will be on view in Speculative Forms. Join us as the artist discusses his inventive practice, from his miniature dwellings to his large-scale installations. More…

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