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Dan Flavin, 'untitled,' 1974
Hirshhorn Podcasts
Hirshhorn’s audio selection of programs including Meet the Artist, Friday Gallery Talks, and Exhibition Tours. Visit iTunes for all available podcasts.
Curators in Conversation: 33 Artists in 3 Acts
November 20, 2014
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 cultural sociologist and best-selling author Sarah Thornton. She will discuss the issues behind her new book, 33 Artists in 3 Acts, 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.

Sarah Thornton is the author of Seven Days in the Art World, a witty behind-the-scenes account of the institutions that contribute to an artist’s place in art history. She has been the chief writer on contemporary art for The Economist and has contributed to many publications, television programs, and radio broadcasts. Thornton holds a BA in art history and a PhD in sociology.

The series is sponsored by Joanne Gold and Andrew Stern.



Length: 1:05:52 | Listen in iTunes
Friday Gallery Talk: Jae Ko discusses Untitled (JK 103), 1999-2000
November 7, 2014
Friday Gallery Talk: Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler
Artist Jae Ko discusses her abstract sculpture Untitled (JK 103), made from rolled paper and sumi ink.



Length: 28:19 | Listen in iTunes
Friday Gallery Talk: Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler
October 24, 2014
Friday Gallery Talk: Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler
Assistant curator Melissa Ho leads a tour of Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler, providing an overview of the artist’s career.



Length: 24:45 | Listen in iTunes
In Conversation with Lapham’s Quarterly
October 22, 2014
Days of Endless Time: In Conversation with Lapham’s Quarterly
In conjunction with the 40th anniversary exhibition Days of Endless Time, the Hirshhorn is pleased to collaborate with Lapham’s Quarterly on its Fall 2014 issue, Time. The magazine, which serves as the companion publication to the Hirshhorn’s exhibition, includes a broad range of writing related to the focus of the exhibition, as well as images from many of the time-based installations on view at the Museum. Join us for an engaging conversation moderated by Lapham’s Quarterly founder and editor Lewis H. Lapham, who will be joined by Jay Griffiths, author of A Sideways Look at Time, and Jim Holt, author of Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story.



Length: 1:12:24 | Listen in iTunes
Friday Gallery Talk: Days of Endless Time
October 17, 2014
Friday Gallery Talk: Assistant curator Mika Yoshitake and artists discuss Days of Endless Time
Assistant curator Mika Yoshitake leads a tour of Days of Endless Time, with artists David Claerbout, Flatform, Siebren Versteeg, Clemens von Wedemeyer and Matthew Weinstein.



Length: 44:22 | Listen in iTunes
Scarpitta In Context
October 8, 2014
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 former 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.



Length: 1:09:46 | Listen in iTunes
Joyce Bedi on engineering in Alexander Calder’s work
November 8, 2013
Alexander Calder, Two Discs, 1965
Joyce Bedi, NMAH Senior Historian at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, on engineering in Alexander Calder’s work.



Length: 34:09 | Listen in iTunes
Mark Cameron Boyd on Ellsworth Kelly’s Red, Yellow, Blue V
October 25, 2013
Ellsworth Kelly, Red Yellow Blue V, 1968
Hirshhorn conservation staff discuss challenges in the upkeep of outdoor sculpture.



Length: 26:03 | Listen in iTunes
Hirshhorn conservation staff on outdoor sculptures
August 16, 2013
Hirshhorn conservation staff on outdoor sculptures
Hirshhorn conservation staff discuss challenges in the upkeep of outdoor sculpture.



Length: 30:17 | Listen in iTunes
Meet the Artist: Barbara Kruger
December 13, 2012
Barbara Kruger, Belief+Doubt, 2012. © Barbara Kruger. Photo: Cathy Carver
Famous for her incisive photomontages, Barbara Kruger has focused increasingly over the past two decades on creating environments that immerse the viewer in language. At the Hirshhorn, Kruger recently completed Belief+Doubt, a site-specific installation that fills the museum’s lower-level lobby and bookstore. Using a bold color scheme and towering text, Belief+Doubt explores themes of money, power, and belief. Kruger will discuss her work, including Belief+Doubt, in conversation with assistant curator Melissa Ho.



Length: 1:12:40 | Listen in iTunes
Evelyn Hankins discusses Gerhard Richter’s Sanctuary
November 9, 2012
Evelyn Hankins discusses Gerhard Richter’s 'Sanctuary'
Friday Gallery Talk: Associate Curator Evelyn Hankins discusses Gerhard Richter’s Sanctuary.



Length: 33:10 | Listen in iTunes
Susan Lake on Willem de Kooning: The Artist’s Materials
November 17, 2010
Susan Lake on 'Willem de Kooning: The Artist’s Materials'
The idiosyncratic working methods of Willem de Kooning have long engendered speculation among conservators and art historians based on visual inspection and anecdotal accounts, rather than rigorous technical analysis. The Hirshhorn’s Chief Conservator, Dr. Susan Lake, separates fact from fiction in this discussion of the artist’s work and his exploitation of materials. She draws on her recently published book Willem de Kooning: The Artist’s Materials, the first systematic study of the painter’s creative process that uses comprehensive scientific examination of his pigments, binders, and supports to inform art historical interpretations.



Length: 49:25
Meet the Artist: John Gerrard
March 22, 2010
John Gerrard, “Grow Finish Unit (Eva, Oklahoma),” 2008
John Gerrard’s works hover between fact and fiction. They present actual scenes from desolate corners of America–including an oil derrick, a pig processing plant, and a vintage storm photo superimposed on a real farmscape–and unfold in real time, yet what looks as if it is streaming live is, in fact, a fabricated image. The artist discusses the complex process behind his stark, realistic works, which re-imagine landscape art and offer meditations on the impact of our habits of consumption.

John Gerrard's Grow Finish Unit (Eva, Oklahoma), 2008 is currently on view in the Out of the Ordinary exhibition on the Lower Level.



Length: 1:11:06
A Conversation with Two Sol LeWitt draftsmen
October 20, 2008
Sol LeWitt, 'Wall Drawing #356 BB Isometric figure within which are 3 degrees (7.5 cm) wide black lines in three directions. (Cube without a cube),' 2003
Curatorial research associate Ryan Hill talks with Sol LeWitt draftsmen Lacey Fekishazy and Roland Lusk about the process of installing a Sol Lewitt artwork.



Length: 18:45
Virtual tour of Dan Graham’s For Gordon Bunshaft
August 19, 2008
Dan Graham, 'For Gordon Bunshaft,' 2006/fabricated 2007-2008 (08.7)
Take a virtual tour of Dan Graham’s For Gordon Bunshaft in the Hirshhorn’s sculpture garden.

Virtual Tour | Length: 1:19
Al Miner discusses Dan Graham’s Sculpture Garden commission
June 6, 2008
Dan Graham, 'For Gordon Bunshaft,' 2006/fabricated 2007-2008 (08.7)
Curatorial assistant Al Miner discusses Dan Graham’s Sculpture Garden commission



Length: 12:55
Associate curator Evelyn Hankins on Alexander Calder
April 15, 2008
Alexander Calder, 'Form against Yellow (Yellow Panel),' 1936
Hirshhorn associate curator of modern art Evelyn Hankins discusses the work of Alexander Calder in this Friday Gallery Talk.



Length: 15:35
A Conversation with Yoko Ono
April 12, 2007
Yoko Ono, 'Wish Tree for Washington, DC,' 2007
Yoko Ono discusses her Wish Tree for Washington D.C. installation at the Hirshhorn with chief curator Kerry Brougher.



Length: 22:58
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