The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has announced that acclaimed Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto has been commissioned to transform the museum's lobby. The change will be the first cohesive redesign of the iconic Gordon Bunshaft-designed building in the museum's 42-year history. The redesign will coincide with a new partnership to open the coffee bar Dolcezza Coffee & Gelato in the lobby's east end. The venue will be the museum's first permanent food and beverage offering and the only locally-owned café at the Smithsonian. Both initiatives will open in February 2018 “as 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 plans for the Hirshhorn's lobby by Artist: Hiroshi Sugimoto; Architect: NMRL/Tomoyuki Sakakida.
The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden is exhibiting Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s, thru May 13. Artwork emerged as a product and the artist, as a brand, in the 1980s. More than 150 works from 66 of the most influential artists of the decade reveal “the ways art infiltrated the worlds of advertising and business, launching a revolution that has come to define contemporary art today.”The exhibition features rarely-seen paintings, sculpture and installations from the biggest names in art today, alongside their lesser-known counterparts. The show also features key multimedia installations that have been recreated for the first time since the '80s. The exhibition was curated by Gianni Jetzer, Curator-At-Large.
Image below:Jeff Koons, New! New Too!, 1983. Lithograph mounted on cotton. (c) Jeff Koons - Courtesy of the Hirshhorn Musuem & Sculpture Garden
The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden is exhibiting Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Utopian Projects, thru March 4, 2018. The exhibition features more than 20 of the Kabakovs’ maquettes, whimsical models - for projects realized and unrealized including monuments, allegorical narratives, and architectural structures - and commissioned outdoor works.
The intricate creations invite the viewer into their surreal world in miniature and offer a rare glimpse into the duo’s artistic process. The Hirshhorn hosted Ilya Kabakov’s first major U.S. exhibition nearly 30 years ago.
Image below: Utopia - The Ship of Tolerance - Photo by Luis Eduardo Martinez Fuentes
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 The Message: New Media Works, thru April 22, 2018. The presentation is “a transformative journey through five contemporary film and video installations that use music, film and pop culture to reveal profound truths about life in the 21st century. It’s also the first chance for D.C. audiences to discover leading international video artists Camille Henrot, C.T. Jasper, Joanna Malinowska, France Stark, Hito Steyerl, and Arthur Jafa, an award-winning cinematographer known for his collaborations with Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Solange, and whose seminal Kanye West-backed “Love is the Message, The Message is Death” inspired the exhibition’s title.”
Image below: C.T. Jasper and Joanna Malinowska: Still from Halka/Haiti, 2015 - Courtesy of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
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.