This series of eleven videos by an international group of contemporary artists responds to the ways in which the past year’s events have dramatically changed our experience of space. The global pandemic has greatly diminished our radius of movement—collapsing home, office, and school into a single location—and recalibrated our sense of personal boundaries. Reduced human mobility, which some scientists have called an “anthropause,” has generated unexpected consequences for our natural environment, even affecting animal behavior and air pollution levels. Other changes have bordered on the absurd: last fall, some airlines began offering “flights to nowhere” that took off, flew, and landed where they started, catering to frequent fliers frustrated by travel restrictions.
Lost in Place features videos that delve into the complicated, unusual, or uneasy relationships between people and the places they inhabit. The first four works explore diverse images of home and scenes of domestic drama; the next four highlight voyages that take us to unexpected places, real or imagined; and the final three examine nature as it collides with human culture in both subtle and dramatic ways. The videos in this series include classic works and audience favorites from the Hirshhorn’s collection, many of which have never before been shown online. They are being presented with the artists’ permission as the Hirshhorn remains closed and we find new ways to share art. Join us from May 14 to August 20 as we highlight a new video each week.
May 14–Jun 11
American, b. Columbia, South Carolina, 1986
Birds in Paradise
Two-channel video; color; sound; 18:20 min.
Proposed acquisition, November 2020
@ Jacolby Satterwhite / Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
May 21–Jun 18
Japanese, b. Ishikawa, 1977
Single-channel video; black and white; sound; 9:20 min.
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2006 (06.2)
May 28–Jun 25
Malaysian, b. Borneo, 1982
35mm film transferred to video; color; sound; 20:44 min.
Museum Purchase, 2010 (10.2)
Jun 04–Jul 02
Irish, American, Swiss, b. Dublin, 1965 / Swiss, b. Baden, 1962
House with Pool
Single-channel video; color; sound; 20:39 min.
Holenia Purchase Fund, in memory of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 2006 (06.36)
Jun 11–Jul 09
Icelandic, b. Reykjavík, 1976
Two-channel video; color; sound; 2:46 hours
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2016 (16.13)
Jun 18–Jul 16
French, b. Lille, 1978
Single-channel video; color; sound; 12:06 min.
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2018 (2018.019)
Jun 25–Jul 23
American, b. East Corinth, Maine, 1978
Up and Away
Single-channel video; color; sound; 6:40 min.
Museum purchase through the contributions of members of the Contemporary Acquisitions Council and the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2007 (07.24)
Jul 02–Jul 30
French, b. Paris, 1962
One Million Kingdoms
Single-channel video; color; sound; 6:46 min.
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2019 (2019.018)
Jul 09–Aug 06
Danish, founded Copenhagen, 1993
Single-channel video; color; sound; 21:00 min.
Purchased jointly by Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Museum Purchase, and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, through the Board of Owner’s Acquisition Fund, 2015 (15.6)
Jul 16–Aug 14
Mexican, b. Mexico City, 1970
Two-channel video; color; sound; 6:14 min.
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2007 (07.83)
Jul 23–Aug 21
Dutch, b. Papendrecht, 1977
Nummer Negen (#9) The Day I Didn’t Turn with the World
Single-channel video; color; sound; 8:40 min.
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2008 (08.20)