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ART + IDEAS + PEOPLE

Now entering its fifth decade, the Hirshhorn is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, on the National Mall, we are free to all, and open 364 days a year. As one of the most visited modern art museums in the U.S., we seek to share the transformative power of modern and contemporary art by creating meaningful, personal experiences in which art, artists, audiences and ideas converge. Through groundbreaking exhibitions, events, research and acquisitions, we create the space where people encounter the most important artists of the 21st century. The Hirshhorn’s holdings encompass one of the most important collections of postwar American and European art in the world. We are committed to providing the artists of today a national platform to explore new ways to create, with performance, digital media, video, and technology.

WHO WE ARE

We’re passionate art lovers from around the globe. Interested in joining us? We always welcome enthusiastic volunteers and interns. For career opportunities, please visit SI HR.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

  • Daniel Sallick, Chair
  • John Pappajohn, Vice Chair
  • Jane Lipton Cafritz, Secretary
  • The Honorable Kenneth E. Bentsen Jr., Treasurer
  • Haryanto Adikoesoemo
  • David Appel
  • Isaac “Yitz” Applbaum
  • Jill Bernstein
  • Marcus Brauchli
  • Peggy Burnet
  • Stephan Crétier
  • Trinh D. Doan
  • Steve Elmendorf
  • Stephanie Foster
  • Theaster Gates
  • Danny Goldberg OAM
  • Janine W. Hill
  • Sandra Hoffen
  • Joleen Julis
  • Sonny Kalsi
  • Isaac Lee
  • Robert Lehrman
  • Adam Metz
  • Harold J. Newman
  • Mark Rosman
  • Sheri Schlesinger
  • Adam Singer
  • Ellen Susman
  • Juliana Curran Terian
  • Jill Cooper Udall
  • Ginny Williams
  • John Wilkerson
  • Xiang-Dong (X.D.) Yang

EX OFFICIO

  • The Honorable John G. Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States
  • John Davis

HONORARY TRUSTEES

  • Jerome L. Greene*
  • Olga Hirshhorn*
  • Sydney Lewis*

EMERITUS TRUSTEES

  • Joseph H. Hirshhorn*
  • Barbara Levine

PAST BOARD CHAIRS

  • Peggy Burnet, 2013-2016
  • Constance R. Caplan, 2012–2013
  • J. Tomilson Hill, 2004–2012
  • Robert Lehrman, 1997–2004
  • Jerome L. Greene,* 1991–1997
  • Sydney Lewis,* 1985–1991
  • The Honorable Daniel Patrick Moynihan,* 1971–1985

* Deceased

  • Mark Beasley, Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, Curator of Media and Performance Art
  • Jarrett Gregory, Curator
  • Evelyn Hankins, Senior Curator
  • Gianni Jetzer, Curator-At-Large
  • Mika Yoshitake, Curator
  • Kevin Hull, Assistant Director of Public Engagement
  • Larry Hyman, Manager of Exhibition and Curatorial Planning
  • Al Masino, Director of Exhibitions, Design, and Special Projects
  • Emily Mitra Moqtaderi, Director of Advancement
  • Allison Peck, Director of Communications and Marketing
  • Sarah Stauderman, Director of Collections
  • Chris Wailoo, Director of Administration and Finance

HISTORY

Since opening in 1974, we’ve been a leading voice for the groundbreaking artists of our time.

 “It is an honor to have given my art collection to the people of the United States as a small repayment for what this nation has done for me and others like me who arrived here as immigrants. What I accomplished in the United States I could not have accomplished anywhere else in the world.” -Joseph Hirshhorn

 

In the late 1930s, Congress started plans to establish a national museum of contemporary art to complement the National Gallery of Art, which primarily displayed the work of the OId Masters. However, the lingering effects of the Great Depression and the strain of World War II put those plans on hold. It wasn’t until the 1960s that then Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley revived the concept, seeing an opportunity to fulfill Congress’s original intention with the widely admired modern art collection of financier and philanthropist Joseph H. Hirshhorn. By 1966, an Act of Congress established the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and in 1974 it opened to wide acclaim. Throughout the Museum’s first ten years, much of the focus centered on the collection itself, with Founding Director Abram Lerner overseeing the research, conservation, and installation of over 6,000 objects. Since then, the focus has expanded to include a systematic and significant build out of the already stellar collection, with a particular emphasis on late twentieth-century and contemporary art; developing and staging large, full-floor exhibitions for internationally renowned artists; and instituting educational and technological initiatives that have cemented the Hirshhorn’s place among the world’s most forward-thinking art institutions.

Originally established by Congress to showcase the art and artists of our time, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has, since its opening, sought to uphold this mission by sharing the transformative power of modern and contemporary art with the widest possible audiences. Today, we act as a leading voice for groundbreaking artists whose works challenge not only the political and cultural landscape, but also the very practice of art making, itself.