Tuesday, August 16, 2005
WHAT: Media are invited to view and photograph the installation of a monumental billboard by Jim Hodges (American, b. Spokane, Wash., 1957) to be installed on the distinctive circular façade of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Hodges invited United Nations delegates to hand write in their own languages the phrase “don’t be afraid,” which has been a personal mantra for the artist since 2000. In a recent statement, he reflects, “My hope is that the work functions to bestow a sense of peace, freedom from fear or to inspire courage. It is not intended to speak only to current issues of security but to reach out to all of us who fear for whatever reason. The many voices, speaking in so many languages can hopefully instill a sense of compassion and support.”
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 19. Installation may be delayed if its rains. Please contact Gabriel Einsohn for updates. The billboard will remain on view through spring 2006.
WHERE: The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at Seventh Street S.W. (billboard will face Independence Ave.).
The Hirshhorn’s “Directions” series has brought the work of leading and emerging international artists to Washington D.C. since 1987. “Directions-Jim Hodges” is made possible by Ray Graham III, Trellis Fund, Glenn Fuhrman, and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, with additional support from an anonymous donor and friends. Hodges Contemplation Space is courtesy of Apartment Zero.
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