Thursday, June 8, 2006
Hirshhorn Museum Offers Extended Hours,
Art, Music and Films
On Thursdays through July 20
On Thursdays, from June 8 through July 20, the Hirshhorn Museum offers free evening programs featuring art, music, film and extended museum hours (on select evenings). The series begins with Pest Fest, four-weeks of vintage horror film screenings featuring giant insects on the rampage, introduced by film scholar David Wilt. The museum also presents its annual Art Night series of gallery talks and outdoor jazz concerts on the Plaza with a cash bar. And, for one special evening, the museum will celebrate the opening of its summer exhibition “Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth” with a program of classical opera and a lecture by organizing curator Michael Auping, from the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Art Night debuted in 1996 at the Hirshhorn. In the case of rain, concerts will be held in the Ring Auditorium. Films begin at 8 p.m., run approximately 80 minutes and are located in the Ring Auditorium. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.
Summer Thursdays at the Hirshhorn
June 8: Pest Fest, 8 p.m., “The Fly” (1958), the tale of a scientific experiment gone wrong and the moral dilemmas of relieving the suffering of loved ones.
June 15: Pest Fest, 8 p.m., “Them” (1954), in which people disappear into a New Mexican desert near a site where there has been nuclear testing.
June 22: Anselm Kiefer: An Evening of Art and Music, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., galleries open until 7:30 p.m., lecture with curator Michael Auping at 7 p.m. and performance by the Richard Wagner Society of Washington, D.C., featuring tenor Joshua Saxon, accompanied by pianist Betty Bullock at 8:30 p.m.
June 29: Art Night, Chuck Redd All Stars at 5:30 p.m.; curator’s tour of Kiefer exhibition with Valerie Fletcher at 7 p.m.; Pest Fest, 8 p.m., “Mothra” (1961), which follows an expedition where shipwreck survivors, a pair of princesses, and the behemoth, Mothra, are discovered.
July 6: Art Night: Bobby Parker at 5:30 p.m.; curator’s tour of Lambie exhibition with Anne Ellegood at 7 p.m.; Pest Fest, 8 p.m., “Beginning of the End” (1957), which deals with a swarm of huge, man-eating grasshoppers headed for Chicago
July 13: Art Night, MFA Kera and Mike Russell with the Black Heritage Band from Berlin; tour of Kiefer exhibition with historian John H. Neff at 7 p.m.
July 20: Art Night, Frédéric Yonnet at 5:30 p.m.; poetry readings in response to Anselm Kiefer by The Poet Connection at 7 p.m.
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