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This program was rescheduled from June 3.


This program is online only.


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Artist, essayist, filmmaker, and Internet explorer Jon Rafman joins Hirshhorn curator-at-large Gianni Jetzer for a discussion of his work and the impact of technology on our perception of reality.

Rafman is internationally recognized as one of the leading artists working with and responding to online found footage and the impact of tech on our psyche; he is a key figure in so-called post-Internet art. Rafman explores the Web, the primary technology of the information age, as it exerts its ever-more pervasive influence on individuals, society, economy, and artistic creation.

During the current health crisis, Rafman has reignited his well-known Nine Eyes of Google Street View project, mining images captured by Street View to frame views of humanity across the world. In rural, urban, and suburban settings, the images bring together the majestic, the painful, and the peculiar to show elements of human existence seldom seen through an artistic lens.

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear about his current thinking and practice for this one-night-only live discussion.

“If so much of your life is online, or in front of a screen, and so many of your profoundest moments are happening ‘virtually,’ I think they need to be looked at with a certain amount of respect. Those moments are still real, even though they’re happening online. There is still something physical to the experience; it’s just different.”

Jon Rafman

7:50 PM | Zoom broadcast opens
8–9 PM | Jon Rafman in conversation with Gianni Jetzer 


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

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


September 9, 2020
8:00 pm–9:00 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