The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden has extended the display of Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes, thru April 21. The exhibition is the largest US museum survey of the pioneering artist to date. More than thirty large-scale paintings reveal the artist’s considerable influence in the field of contemporary art. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, and highlights the artist’s groundbreaking artistic output since 2005, including recent works that point to new developments in her constantly- evolving practice. The exhibition was curated by Hirshhorn Senior Curator Evelyn C. Hankins and Dr. Professor Dirk Luckow, general director at the Deichtorhallen, with curatorial assistance from Sandy Guttman.
Image below: Installation view of Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2018. Left to right: Moky, 2013; Carlotta, 2013; Yellow Guitar, 2010. Courtesy of Charline von Heyl. Photo: Cathy Carver
The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden is exhibiting Pulseby Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, thru April 28.Pulse is the Hirshhorn's largest interactive technology exhibition to date. Three major installations from Lozano-Hemmer's Pulse series have been brought together for the artist's DC debut. The Mexican Canadian artist is known for “straddling the line between art, technology, and design.Pulse fills the outer ring of the Museum's Second Level with “immersive environments that use heart-rate sensors to create kinetic and audiovisual experiences from visitors' own biometric data. Over the course of six months, Pulse will animate the vital signs of hundreds of thousands of participants.”
Image below:Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Pulse Index, 2010 in Time Lapse, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States, 2012. Photo: Kate Russel.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is exhibiting Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse, thru Spring 2019.Three major installations from Lozano-Hemmer’s “Pulse” series and six public-art documentaries have come together for the first time & fill the museum’s second-floor galleries. The evocative, immersive environments "use heart-rate sensors to create kinetic and audiovisual experiences from visitors’ own biometric data. Over the course of six months, the installation "will animate the vital signs of hundreds of thousands of participants in the Hirshhorn’s largest interactive technology exhibition to date."
Image below:Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Pulse Room 2006 in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer in Pseudomatismos - UAC Museum, Mexico City, Mexico, 2015.Photo: Oliver Santano
The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden has extended the exhibition of contemporary artist Mark Bradford’s Pickett’s Charge thru 2021. 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.
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.