In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is undertaking a complete renovation and reinstallation of its third-floor “outer-ring” galleries. When these spaces re-open to the public in October 2014, they will feature energy-efficient lighting; new hard floors; and a restoration of the walls and ceiling to architect Gordon Bunshaft’s original, spacious design.
The debut exhibition in the galleries is At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection, a presentation of works from the Museum’s collection that focuses on art of the past 75 years. A metaphor for the museum itself, a hub is a place where disparate paths converge and connections are made. Each gallery of At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection juxtaposes the work of diverse artists, exploring themes that have recurred in art since 1940. The Hirshhorn’s sweeping, circular galleries impart a sense of continual forward momentum, yet their cyclical form challenges the notion of a single, linear progression. With this 40th Anniversary exhibition, the Hirshhorn looks both to the past and to the future, highlighting the Museum’s function as a hub where new ideas and conversations flourish.
At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection is organized by associate curator Evelyn Hankins and assistant curator Melissa Ho. The exhibition is made possible in part through generous support from the American Art Renewal Fund of the Henry Luce Foundation and by the Estate of Frank B. Gettings in memory of Nancy Kirkpatrick and Frank Gettings.