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Upcoming Programs at the Hirshhorn

 

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Photo: Lee Stalsworth
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a variety of public programs that give visitors from all backgrounds and levels of interest the opportunity to experience, explore, and understand the art and artists of our time. It is our mission to create a learning community that brings art, artists, and audiences together in a lively, creative environment. From gallery tours and lectures to youth programs and late-night performances, the Hirshhorn shares the Smithsonian’s commitment to the diffusion of knowledge and lifelong learning.

Saturday, May 16, 2015
6 pm | Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Shirin Neshat: Facing History Opening Gala
For more information about the Gala or to purchase tickets, please contact 212.916.1338 or PaksimaL@si.edu. More…

Sunday, May 17, 2015
3 pm | Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Artist’s Preview: Shirin Neshat: Facing History
Remarks by the curators and the artist at 4 pm. Free and open to the public. More…

Monday, May 18, 2015
6:30 pm | Ring Auditorium

Meet the Artist: Shirin Neshat
Shirin Neshat discusses her work in conjunction with the opening of Shirin Neshat: Facing History. Based in New York, the artist creates photographs, films, and video installations that explore power and identity in the Islamic world—particularly in her native country of Iran, where she lived until 1975. Commenting on freedom and loss, Neshat’s deeply humanistic art is at once personal, political, and allegorical. Join us for the latest evening in the Museum’s ongoing Meet the Artist series. More…

Monday, May 22, 2015
12:30 pm | Hirshhorn Lobby

Friday Gallery Talk: Melissa Ho on Shirin Neshat: Facing History
Associate Curator Melissa Ho will lead a tour of the exhibition Shirin Neshat: Facing History. More…

Monday, May 29, 2015
12:30 pm | Hirshhorn Lobby

Friday Gallery Talk: Carol Huh on Shirin Neshat: Facing History
Freer|Sackler Assistant Curator of Contemporary Asian Art Carol Huh leads a discussion in the exhibition Shirin Neshat: Facing History. More…

Thursday, June 4, 2015
7:00 pm | Ring Auditorium

Film Series: Through Women’s Eyes
Jacky in the Kingdom of Women, 2014

Set in the fictional People’s Democratic Republic of Bubunne, women rule and men are subservient in this dark comedy that overturns gender stereotypes and questions absolutist nations through the lens of a farcical fairly tale. In French with English subtitles.

Thursday, June 11, 2015
7:00 pm | Ring Auditorium

Women Without Men, 2009
Special Introduction by Professor Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak

Women Without Men is Neshat’s film adaptation of the 1989 novella by Shahrnush Parsipur. The movie chronicles the intertwining lives of four women in Iran during the summer of 1953. Introduction for the film will be made by Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, Professor of Persian Language, Literature, and Culture at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
7:00 pm | Ring Auditorium

Film Series: Through Women’s Eyes
A Separation, 2011

Addressing divisions of thought around religion, class, sex, and generation, Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation follows the struggles of a middle class family and the complications surrounding a contemporary Tehrani woman’s bid for a divorce.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Freer|Sackler
2 pm | Meyer Auditorium

The House is Black
Sussan Deyhim, a renowned composer, singer, and performance artist who has collaborated on many of Neshat’s video works, has spent the last three years developing a multimedia project dedicated to the life and work of Farrough Farrokhzad, a leading feminist poet who had a profound influence on modern Iranian art and culture. A screening of Farrokhzad’s acclaimed documentary The House is Black, will be followed by a short talk by Deyhim, interview footage from 1963 between Farrokhzad and Bernardo Bertolucci, and a conversation with curator, Carol Huh. More…

July – September 13, 2015
Freer|Sackler

Abbas Kiarostami: Five Dedicated to Ozu
From July to September 2015, the Freer|Sackler features a series of programs highlighting contemporary moving-image works from Iran. The series opens with Five Dedicated to Ozu (2003, 74 minutes) by celebrated director Abbas Kiarostami. Presented as a single-screen projection, Five pays tribute to Yasujirō Ozu, the renowned Japanese filmmaker whose work has deeply influenced Kiarostami’s films. Through a characteristic attention to the power of simple mise-en-scène and sound, the inherent drama and subtle humor of nature unfurls before the viewer in five long shots taken near the sea. More…

September 17, 2015
6:30 pm | Ring Auditorium

Portraying History: Gender and Politics in Iran
Shirin Neshat and Nazila Fathi

This program brings together artist Shirin Neshat and Nazila Fathi, author of The Lonely War: One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran, to discuss the role of women in Iranian society. More…

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