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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.


Thursday, September 29, 2016
6:30 PM | Ring Auditorium

Art + Science: Digital Doppelgängers

Artist Josh Kline and scientist Matthias Niessner discuss their different approaches to face substitution technology for the first in a series of “Art + Science” programs.


Friday, September 30, 2016
12:30 PM |Meet at Info Desk

Gallery Talk: Carlene Stephens

National Museum of American History curator of time Carlene Stephens leads a discussion on the history and nature of time in Bettina Pousttchi’s World Time Clock.


Saturday, October 1, 2016
3 pm | Ring Auditorium

Film: Labyrinth

The Hirshhorn is delighted to present a free screening of the cult classic Labyrinth in celebration of the 30th anniversary of its release.


Monday, October 3, 2016
See event page for details

World Architecture Day at the Hirshhorn

Visitors are invited to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Monday, Oct. 3, to celebrate #WorldArchitectureDay by enjoying “Donuts with the ‘Brutalist Donut’”—a day of complimentary donuts and free architecture tours of its iconic circular building.


Friday, October 14, 2016
12:30 pm | Meet at the Info Desk

Friday Gallery Talk: Leila Hasham

Barbican Centre curator Leila Hasham leads a tour of Ragnar Kjartansson, discussing her role in the development of the exhibition.


Friday, October 14, 2016
6:30 PM | Ring Auditorium

Meet the Artist: Ragnar Kjartansson
In conversation with Ian Svenonius

Internationally celebrated Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson will be joined by prolific Washington DC based musician and author Ian Svenonius at the Hirshhorn for a Meet the Artist program on the occasion of the opening of Ragnar Kjartansson, the first major survey of his work.


Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:30 pm | Ring Auditorium

Art + Science: Computing Emotion
Antoine Catala with Fox Harrell

French artist Antoine Catala will be in conversation with Fox Harrell, an Associate Professor of Digital Media at MIT will reflect on their own projects before joining in conversation to discuss how technological representation helps or harms our understanding of emotions and the natural body.


Friday, October 21, 2016
12:30 pm | Meet at the Info Desk

Friday Gallery Talk: Dr. Michael Austin

Dr. Michael Austin, Assistant Professor of Media, Journalism and Film at Howard University, provides insight into the musical and technological aspects of Ragnar Kjartansson’s work.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016
6:30 pm | Ring Auditorium

Critics in Conversation: Holland Cotter

New York Times art critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Holland Cotter comes to the Hirshhorn to inaugurate the “Critics in Conversation” series by discussing various viewpoints on the current state of the art world and the future of art criticism.


Friday, October 28, 2016
8:30 am | Ring Auditorium

Creative Mornings: Linn Meyers

Linn Meyers joins Creative Mornings, an international lecture series for creative-types, to present a unique take on Transparency, highlighting the art-making process and her inclusion of the audience as integral her practice.

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