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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.

Artist Diana Al-Hadid has described her practice as “getting a material to misbehave.” Her sculptures and wall panels draw influence from her Middle Eastern heritage and her interests in experimenting with materials, ultimately melding cultures, art histories, physics, and architecture. Often beginning with a careful study of her materials, Al-Hadid tests the limits of medium and form in order to create works that seek the improbable, questioning narratives as well as physics. Many of her installations incorporate elements of architectural structures, stretching across galleries and public spaces in unique, often gravity-defying, ways.

Among many prominent projects, Al-Hadid was commissioned to create new work for the US Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo. The resulting work, Words From Mountains (2018), was inspired by the historic stone bridge in Prizren, Kosovo.

Al-Hadid will join Charlotte Burns to discuss her work for the US Embassy in addition to her experimental practice. 

11:50 am EDT | Zoom broadcast opens
12 pm EDT | Diana Al-Hadid in conversation with Charlotte Burns

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.

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

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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!



Image: Lisa DeLong


May 12, 2021
12:00 pm–1:00 pm
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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