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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.

Friday, April 17, 2015
12:30 pm | Meet at Information Desk

Michael Vetter on Jeff Koons’ Kiepenkerl
Curatorial research assistant and UMD doctoral candidate Michael Vetter discusses Kiepenkerl by Jeff Koons, now on display in the Hirshhorn Museum Lobby. More…

Friday, April 24, 2015
6:30 pm | Ring Auditorium

Meet the Artist: Julie Mehretu
Presented in collaboration with the National Museum of African Art, Ethiopian-born American artist Julie Mehretu speaks about her practice as part of the Hirshhorn’s ongoing Meet the Artist series. Exploring time and place, Mehretu layers gestural marks and architectural, geographical, and historical symbols to create large-scale semi-abstract canvases. Her work is included in The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, on view at the National Museum of African Art April 8–August 2, 2015. Guest-curated by Simon Njami, the multimedia exhibition exploring Dante’s fourteenth-century epic includes original commissions and renowned works of art by approximately forty of the most dynamic contemporary artists from nineteen African nations and the diaspora. More…

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…

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…

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…

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