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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, June 21
10 am | Meet in the Lobby

STORYTIME+: Think Outside the (Crayon) Box

Our youngest visitors are invited to join for a read-aloud of Elizabeth Rusch’s A Day with No Crayons and a look at some works in the collection that experiment with unusual materials, followed by a chance to create some unusual art of their own.


Tuesday, June 27
6:30 pm | Ring Auditorium

James T. Demetrion Lecture: Ai Weiwei

In conjunction with the opening of his major new exhibition, Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei joins Hirshhorn director Melissa Chiu in conversation for the annual James T. Demetrion Lecture.


Wednesday, June 28
10 am | Meet in the Lobby

STORYTIME+: The Window

Our youngest visitors are invited to a close study of the painting Window by Gerhard Richter and a read-aloud of the children’s classic The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. Following the story, participants will create their own window box stories.


Saturday, July 8
10 am – 5 pm | Hirshhorn Museum

Sound Scene X: Dissonance

Sound Scene X, organized by local sound collective DC Listening Lounge, unites audio artists and contributors from across the globe to transform the Hirshhorn into a sonic wonderland highlighting the unique sounds of D.C. This year’s event focuses on the theme of “dissonance.” Get tickets here.

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