Hirshhorn in the City is a new initiative to bring international contemporary art beyond the museum walls, and connect artists and curators with the city’s creative communities. We seek to spark inspiration in the everyday, experimenting with projects, partnerships and installations in D.C. neighborhoods that create more ways to bring people and ideas together.
Yoko Ono’s RELAX. YOUR HEART IS STRONGER THAN WHAT YOU THINK ! x Union Market
On view Sept. 14, 2017
Yoko Ono is a renowned artist whose work influenced Feminism and directions in new and contemporary media. She has also worked tirelessly for human rights and peace. RELAX. YOUR HEART IS STRONGER THAN WHAT YOU THINK !, a new public mural created for Washington, DC, transforms nearly 1,000 square feet of the exterior of the bustling Union Market into one of Ono’s signature textual artworks. Ono imagined the piece specifically for this location with the hope that it might compel us to step outside of our daily lives and consider the power of the heart over the restrictions of the mind.
Since the late 1950s, Ono (b. Tokyo, 1933) has been a forerunner in Conceptual art, often using collaboration, audience participation, and social activism to challenge viewers’ understanding of art and the world around them. Many of her works serve as poetic reminders of what’s possible and often invite audiences to take action.
Curated by Mark Beasley, the Hirshhorn’s Curator of Media and Performance Art, the mural is a culmination of the 2017 Hirshhorn exhibition Yoko Ono: Four Works for Washington and the World and celebrates the 10th anniversary of Ono’s Wish Tree, a permanent installation in the Museum’s year-round Sculpture Garden.
Mark Bradford x Howard University
Following the debut of his monumental Hirshhorn commission Pickett’s Charge, 2017 Venice Biennale artist Mark Bradford will work closely with art students at Howard University to explore the ways that artists can probe history to uncover reflections of today’s society. For this collaboration, Bradford will guide students through a series of classes and public lectures.
Photo credit: SWBID
Yayoi Kusama’s Dots Obsession x SWBID ArtSW
Throughout spring, commuters at L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station emerged from underground to find themselves in the middle of a large-scale public art installation. Psychedelic fields of Yayoi Kusama’s iconic dot patterns covered the Metro entrance in celebration of the arrival of Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. The installation was the first partnership between the Hirshhorn and the ArtSW project of the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID).