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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, November 7
12:30 pm | Meet at the Information Desk

Friday Gallery Talk: Jae Ko discusses her sculpture “Untitled (JK103),” 1999-2000
Artist Jae Ko and assistant curator Mika Yoshitake discuss Ko’s work, Untitled (JK 103), on view in Speculative Forms. More…

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 13
8 pm | Ring Auditorium

Film: Katharina Otto-Bernstein’s Absolute Wilson, 2006
This profile of the cross-media artist and director Robert Wilson was created before his 2013–14 residency at the Louvre, where he created Lady Gaga: Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière d’après Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (2013), the digital tableau vivant included in Days of Endless Time. The documentary features interview footage, insights from Wilson’s collaborators and colleagues and an overview of avant-garde theater in New York. 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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