Black and white image of airplane with birds in the background
Carlos Amorales
Mexican, b. Mexico City, 1970
Dark Mirror
Two-channel video; color; sound; 6:14 min.
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2007 (07.83)

Born in Mexico City and educated in Amsterdam, multimedia artist Carlos Amorales explores how images can be recycled and reinterpreted across cultures and contexts. In 1999, he created the Liquid Archive, a bank of digital drawings—including silhouettes of birds, trees, skulls, and butterflies—which he both uses in his own work and makes available to other artists. To create this two-channel video, Amorales invited a graphic designer, André Pahl, to animate a selection of these drawings and a composer, José María Serralde, to create a score. Dark Mirror presents a series of apocalyptic scenes that combine traditional symbols of danger, such as wolves and spiders, with contemporary images of terror, such as falling airplanes.

In a museum setting, the two parts of this video are projected on opposite sides of a hanging screen, so that viewers cannot see both at once. In this online presentation, you can use the arrows to flip between them.


  • May 14–Jun 11

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    Jacolby Satterwhite

    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

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    Hiraki Sawa

    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

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    Chris Chong Chan Fui

    Malaysian, b. Borneo, 1982
    35mm film transferred to video; color; sound; 20:44 min.
    Museum Purchase, 2010 (10.2)

  • Jun 04–Jul 02

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    Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler

    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)

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