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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.

Wednesday, April 26
10 am | Meet on the Plaza

STORYTIME+: Let’s Play with Polka-dots

Join us for a polka-dot journey in the Sculpture Garden! After a close-look at the polka-dot covered sculpture Pumpkin, by Yayoi Kusama, we’ll read Let’s Play!, by Hervé Tullet, and will then make polka-dot patterns in a hands-on activity.

Friday, April 28
12:30 pm | Meet at the Information Desk

Friday Gallery Talk: Stéphane Aquin

Hirshhorn Chief Curator Stéphane Aquin leads a tour of his exhibition Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection.

Sunday, April 30
10 am–2 pm | Plaza

Family Day: From a Moment to Infinity

The Hirshhorn and Smithsonian Gardens team up for a day of family activities inspired by Orchids: A Moment and Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.

Sunday, April 30
10 am | Meet on the Plaza

STORYTIME+: Plants Can’t Sit Still

Get wiggly with orchids! In celebration of Orchids: A Moment and Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, we will take a close look at Pumpkin, by Yayoi Kusama, and a live orchid before reading Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch.

Wednesday, May 3
10 am | Meet on the Plaza

STORYTIME+: Let’s Play with Polka Dots

Join us for a polka-dot journey in the Hirshhorn sculpture garden! After a close look at the sculpture Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama, we’ll read Hervé Tullet’s Let’s Play and participate in hands-on polka dot pattern making.

Wednesday, May 10
10 am | Meet on the Plaza

STORYTIME+: On Mother’s Lap

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we will read On Mother’s Lap by Ann Herbert Scott and look closely at the sculpture Evocation of a Form: Human, Lunar, Spectral by Jean Arp. Afterward, we’ll create our own works for Mother’s Day.

Thursday, May 11
6:30 pm | Meet at the Information Desk

Bob Nickas: 100 Paintings / 100 Years

New York–based critic and curator Bob Nickas presents a selection of 100 paintings. Choosing one from each year in order from 1915–2015, Nickas will present a unique perspective on art history and modern art.

Wednesday, May 17
10 am | Meet on the Plaza

STORYTIME+: Sandy’s Circus

Explore kinetic art and the story of artist Alexander Calder through a read-aloud of Sandy’s Circus by Tanya Lee Stone, followed by a close look at Calder’s work, and hands-on experimentation in movement and balance.

Thursday, May 18
9 am | Meet on the Plaza

Gallery Talk: Kelly Towles

DC-based artist Kelly Towles will discuss his work and POW! WOW! DC with artist, illustrator, and curator Jasper Wong, creator and lead director of POW! WOW! HAWAII.

Saturday, May 20
12–2 pm | ARTLAB+

ARTLAB+ Studio Assistants Showcase

ARTLAB+ Studio Assistant Interns showcase original artwork inspired by the Hirshhorn collection.

Wednesday, May 24
10 am | Meet in the Lobby

STORYTIME+: Mix it Up! and Explore Color

Discover how colors mix and splatter through a close look at the painting Field for Skyes, by artist Joan Mitchell and a read-aloud of Hervé Tullet’s Mix It Up!. Following the story, participants will play with colors through a hands-on activity.

Wednesday, May 24
6:30 pm | Ring Auditorium

Markus Lüpertz: Meet the Artist

On the eve of two groundbreaking exhibition openings (one at the Hirshhorn and the other at the Phillips Collection), Markus Lüpertz, in conversation with scholar Richard Shiff, will recount his historic practice for a special Meet the Artist program.

Sunday, May 28
2 pm | Ring Auditorium

Film: Waste Land

Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys to the world’s largest landfill. There, he helps produce portraits of the men and women who spend their lives sifting through the garbage. A discussion with scholar Vivaldo Santos will follow the screening.

Wednesday, May 31
10 am | Meet in the Lobby

STORYTIME+: Iggy Peck Architect

Explore architecture through a read-aloud of Iggy Peck Architect, then investigate the Hirshhorn building through close looking and a hands-on building activity.

Wednesday, May 31
6:30 pm | Ring Auditorium

Vik Muniz: Meet the Artist

Celebrated artist Vik Muniz will discuss his distinguished career in a Meet the Artist conversation with notable author and sociologist Sarah Thornton.

This program is presented in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies.

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