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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.

July – September 13, 2015

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…

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
6:30 pm | Ring Auditorium

Lunch Bytes
On Hype-cycles, Post-internet, And How The Digital Became Fashionable

On the occasion of the publication of No Internet, No Art. A Lunch Bytes Anthology, this talk examines how art and digital culture have changed since the inception of the Lunch Bytes discussion series in 2011. More…

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
6:30 pm | Ring Auditorium

Panel Discussion
Portraying History: Gender and Politics in Iran

Moderated by Tyler Green
This program brings together artist Shirin Neshat and Nazila Fathi, former Tehran-based New York Times correspondent and 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…

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
6:30 pm | Ring Auditorium

Panel Discussion
Voices of the Middle East: Art Then and Now

Museum of Modern Art director Glenn Lowry, Freer|Sackler chief curator Massumeh Farhad, and Egyptian artist Ghada Amer join Hirshhorn director Melissa Chiu to discuss the present state of art in the Middle East.

Friday, September 18, 2015
8:00 pm | Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

After Hours
Featuring Live Music from Tycho

After Hours, the signature late-night event at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, returns Friday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m.–midnight, with the support of idobi Network. The ticketed event features a performance by post-rock/ambient electronic band Tycho, as well as a last chance to see “Shirin Neshat: Facing History,” a major exhibition that presents the work of the internationally acclaimed artist in the context of the history of modern Iran; it closes Sept. 20. More…

Friday, September 25, 2015
12:30 pm | Meet at the Information Desk

Friday Gallery Talk
Renato Miracco on Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence (1914–1971)

Italian Embassy cultural attaché Renato Miracco traces the common thread that runs through Futurism, Cubism, and Spatialism, as seen in Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence (1914–1971).

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