Viking ship in the water in a covered canal setting
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)
Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson combines theater and music with experiments in repetition and endurance. Commissioned for the 55th Venice Biennale, S.S. Hangover follows a hand-painted boat as it sails in circles on a Venetian lagoon. The vessel carries six brass musicians who play a lyrical score by the contemporary composer Kjartan Sveinsson on repeat for several hours. Kjartansson filmed the boat on its daily six-hour journey between two docks over ten days, documenting its meandering path to nowhere. The drawn-out movement and melancholy soundtrack inspire what Kjartansson terms “divine boredom,” each repetition of the cruise disrupting notions of linear time.


  • 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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