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installation view of jessica diamond: wheel of life


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Hirshhorn curator Betsy Johnson will walk visitors through, Jessica Diamond: Wheel Of Life, an immersive installation that reveals the artist’s reflections on the life as a working artist.

About the Exhibition

Jessica Diamond: Wheel Of Life is the largest museum installation to date by American conceptual artist Jessica Diamond. Wheel Of Life fills the Hirshhorn’s second-floor inner-circle galleries with 15 text-and-image-based artworks to highlight the inventive nature of the artist’s practice. Diamond emerged in New York’s downtown art scene in the 1980s. Adopting language as her primary medium, the artist critiques contemporary American life, particularly commercialism, corporate culture and media. Literature also serves as a continual touchstone, with references in this exhibition to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden; or, Life in the Woods (1854), Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (1865) and James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922). Taking inspiration from the Hirshhorn’s circular architecture, the installation offers what Diamond refers to as “meditations on the metaphysics of the circle.” The artist joins Laurie Anderson and Barbara Kruger in presenting site-responsive text-based work made for the Museum.

If you have questions or a request for access services or accommodations that can make your experience more inclusive, please contact hirshhornexperience@si.edu. 1-2 week’s advance notice is recommended but not required.


October 13, 2023
12:00 pm–1:00 pm
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