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This program is online only (via Zoom and Facebook Live).
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German-Japanese American artist Kota Ezawa looks to the news, popular culture, art history, and cinema to source material for his work, which explores how recording technologies mediate our understanding of current events and images. Beginning with his 2002 video The Simpson Verdict, in which the artist used digital drawing software to animate footage of the O.J. Simpson trial, Ezawa has received critical acclaim for his videos, lightboxes, and works on paper that distill found imagery into his characteristic pared-down style. Ezawa joins Hirshhorn associate curator Marina Isgro to discuss his process of translating iconic media moments into opportunities for reconsideration and reflection.

Other notable works by Ezawa include History of Photography Remix (2004–06), a 35mm slide projection in the Hirshhorn collection in which the artist recreates forty photographs that have entered our collective consciousness. His recent series National Anthem, an animated video with related lightboxes and watercolors that premiered at the 2019 Whitney Biennial, draws from broadcast footage of NFL athletes taking a knee to protest police violence and the oppression of people of color. By approaching these camera-recorded images through a fresh lens, Ezawa challenges the viewer to recognize their symbolic power.

Paint Unpaint entered the Hirshhorn Collection in 2017 as a gift from Elizabeth Miller and Dan Sallick.


6:50 pm | Zoom broadcast opens
7–8 pm | Kota Ezawa in conversation with Marina Isgro

CART (real-time captioning) will be provided for this program. If you have any questions about accessibility for this program, please email hirshhornexperience@si.edu.

This virtual event is part of Talking to Our Time, the Hirshhorn’s online series of free artist talks featuring a diverse group of artists and collectives. View all events!

This event is also part of #HirshhornInsideOut, the Museum’s initiative to bring art into your home.


December 16, 2020
7:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States


Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden