The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden commissioned acclaimed Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto to transform the museum's lobby, and the new lobby opened in February. The redesign of the space was the first in the museum's 42-year history. The redesign coincides with the opening of a Dolcezza Coffee & Gelato venue in the lobby's east end. The venue is the museum's first permanent food and beverage offering and the only locally-owned café at the Smithsonian. The new initiatives are “part of a larger plan to transform the overall museum experience, designed to encourage creativity and foster greater connections between visitors and the artists of the time.”
Images below: Two renderings of the Hirshhorn's lobby designed by artist Hiroshi Sugimoto.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will present Does the body rule the mind, or does the mind rule the body? -the first exhibition in the museum's history to focus on live performance art - June 20-August 12. Curated by Mark Beasley, the museum's curator of media and performance art, the presentation will feature new and recent works by leading performance artists who mix avant-garde gesture with popular culture, expressed through the rigor and dynamism of contemporary dance. The film and live performance series will include five performers who work with dance, music and spoken word - Moriah Evans, Morgan Bassichis, Will Rawls, Jen Rosenblit and Mariana Valencia.They will “explore ideas of the body and identity.” The works will be presented as a series of intimate dance and music performances designed for the Hirshhorn's circular galleries. The live performances will be presented “alongside a larger ongoing presentation of moving image documentaries and recorded works that offer an introduction to the work of this contemporary generation of American artists. Each piece is inherently social, inviting visitors to connect to the artists and to each other through playfulness, movement, humor, control and liberation. Together, they challenge notions of how people construct identity through pop culture and the histories they tell each other.”
Image below:Mariana Valencia, Album, 2018. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Ian Douglas
The Hirshhorn will exhibit Baselitz: Six Decades, June 21–September 16. The exhibition will be the first major US retrospective in more than twenty years of one of Germany’s greatest living artists, marking his 80th birthday. More than 100 works will highlight every phase of Baselitz’s six-decade career from the 1950s to today. The exhibition will feature iconic paintings, works on paper and wood, and bronze sculptures from renowned private and public collections across Europe and North America. The exhibition is curated by Hirshhorn Chief Curator Stéphane Aquin and the Beyeler Curator-at-large Martin Schwander.
The Hirshhorn is displaying a major new exhibition titled What Absence Is Made Of, thru Summer, 2019.The exhibition features more than 70 recent acquisitions and rarely- shown works that “reimagine the extensive permanent collection. Prompted by today's increasing focus on the material and digital worlds, the exhibition explores the compelling and enigmatic ways in which artists have used absence - the loss of body, of physical form or of memory - as a form of artistic expression for more than 70 years. The exhibition is organized by Hirshhorn curator-at-large Gianni Jetzer, and it will completely transform the Hirshhorn's third-floor galleries
The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden is exhibiting contemporary artist Mark Bradford’s Pickett’s Charge, thru November 12, 2018. The Los Angeles-based artist’s monumental new commission was inspired by artist Paul Philippoteaux’s nineteenth-century cyclorama in Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania. The cyclorama depicts the final charge of the Battle of Gettysburg, which historians cite as “the critical turning point of the Civil War and, consequently, of American history. Working with a combination of colored paper and reproductions of the original, Bradford collages and transforms the historic Gettysburg imagery into a series of eight powerful, abstract paintings.” The exhibition is curated by Evelyn Hankins.
Image below: Mark Bradford in his Los Angeles studio with details of Pickett's Charge, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Agata Gravante.