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This program is online only (via Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook Live).
Advance registration is required for Zoom participation, including the chance to ask the artist a question (time permitting). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the talk.

Join artist Loie Hollowell and Hirshhorn curator Betsy Johnson to explore the ways in which art can reflect on the confluence between the spiritual and temporal nature of the female form.

Hollowell makes paintings that use vibrant, emotive colors and sacred geometric shapes to reflect on the powerful nature of the human body and, more specifically, the artist’s own experience of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum motherhood. To echo the weighty curves of ancient fertility figures, Hollowell attaches spherical forms to her canvases, turning paintings into sculptural objects. These forms often spiral and stretch, suggesting the cyclical nature of life-giving processes and the pressure and toll that are exerted on the female body during and after birth.

Hollowell’s Boob Wheel (2019) is on view in Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection at the Museum through Fall 2023.


7:50 pm EST | Zoom broadcast opens

8 pm EST | Loie Hollowell in conversation with Betsy Johnson

ASL translation will be provided on Zoom, and CART (real-time captioning) will be provided across all platforms. If you have any questions about accessibility for this program, please email hirshhornexperience@si.edu.

Image credit: Melissa Goodwin


March 8, 2023
8:00 pm–8:45 pm
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