Hirshhorn Plaza

Directions: Grazia Toderi
Grazia Toderi, Orbite Rosse (Red Orbit), 2009. Installation view, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK. Courtesy of the artist

April 21 to October 24, 2011
Grazia Toderi (Italian, b. Padua, 1963) likens her video projections to “frescoes of light.” Best known for large-scale installations, the artist works from documentary imagery collected from urban night surveillance and military, satellite, and space program footage. Over these she superimposes her own photography and cinematography, altering the effect with digital manipulations and unifying the vista with sepia-tone filters. The result feels both familiar and mysterious, as the eye struggles to determine the horizon line and read the origins of fields of glimmering lights. Shown on an endless loop, these mesmerizing nightscapes represent the artist’s ambition to “visualize the infinite.”

About the Directions Series
Since its opening in 1974, the Hirshhorn has been committed to providing a platform for the artists of today. Directions, established in 1979 as a group installation and transformed in 1987 to highlight the work of a single artist or paired artists, has been a longstanding hallmark of the Museum’s exhibition program and partnership with living artists. Bringing a diverse range of emerging and established artists from around the world to Washington, the series provides a prominent space on the National Mall for new work and new ideas.