Hirshhorn Plaza

Large-scale works by several contemporary artists were executed especially for this exhibit, which highlighted a significant artistic trend among contemporary sculptors: the use of metaphor and allegory as organizing principles.

Among the works on view—which included installations, immersive environments, machines, and quasi-architectural structures—were Vito Acconci’s Fan City, Siah Armajani’s Employees’ Lounge, Alice Aycock’s How to Catch and Manufacture Ghosts, Lauren Ewing’s Auto-Plastique: The Prison, Robert Morris’s Jornada del Muerto (Journey of Death), and Dennis Oppenheim’s Launching Station #1 and Armature for Projection.