Lost In Place: Voyages In Video

Person standing in a snowy landscape facing the sun
Guido van der Werve
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)
Dutch filmmaker Guido van der Werve often tests his personal endurance against the elements of nature. To create Nummer Negen (#9), he traveled to the geographic North Pole and stood there for twenty-four hours, his back to the sun, slowly moving in the opposite direction from the planet’s rotation. Van der Werve captured his feat in a series of still photographs that he edited into a time-lapse video, which shudders and jumps as it captures his incremental motion. With his absurd yet poetic action—its epic feel heightened by a classical score that he composed—Van der Werve questions whether he can defy natural rhythms to achieve net-zero movement. While confronting nature, he is nonetheless subject to its force, and the effort of his endurance is palpable.

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  • 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)

  • Jun 11–Jul 09

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    Ragnar Kjartansson

    Icelandic, b. Reykjavík, 1976
    S.S. Hangover
    Two-channel video; color; sound; 2:46 hours
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2016 (16.13)

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  • Jun 18–Jul 16

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    Laure Prouvost

    French, b. Lille, 1978
    Single-channel video; color; sound; 12:06 min.
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2018 (2018.019)

  • Jun 25–Jul 23

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    Michael Bell-Smith

    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

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    Pierre Huyghe

    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

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    Danish, founded Copenhagen, 1993
    Flooded McDonald’s
    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)


  • 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