Hirshhorn Plaza

Black Box: Jesper Just
Still from Jesper Just, Something to Love, 2005

August 23 to December 10, 2006
The Hirshhorn’s Black Box presents recent film and video works by a diverse range of emerging international artists. Danish artist Jesper Just (b. 1974), who currently lives and works in Copenhagen, creates short films distinguished by their quirky scenarios and meticulous production techniques. His vignettes focus on universal juxtapositions, including age versus youth and macho camaraderie versus suppressed sexuality, which question traditional male stereotypes and roles. Danish actor Johannes Lilleøre plays the central character in these dark, vivid dreamscapes about shifts in power and loss of control. Included are No Man Is an Island II (2004) and Something to Love (2005). The artist presented additional films and talk about his work as part of our Meet the Artist series on November 8.

This presentation was organized by associate curator Kelly Gordon. Films ran continuously during regular Museum hours.

Selected Press

Express, August 2006
“The Look of Lonely,” Glenn Dixon (PDF)

Washington Post, September 2006
“An Artist’s Oedifying Complexity,” Jessica Dawson (PDF)