Lost In Place: Voyages In Video

Chaotic messy scene in a McDonalds
Superflex
Danish, founded Copenhagen, 1993
Flooded McDonald’s
2009
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)
To create Flooded McDonald’s, the artist collective Superflex built a life-size replica of the fast-food restaurant and slowly filled it with more than 20,000 gallons of water. The resulting film documents the restaurant as the water level rises, setting trays, cups, and Happy Meal toys afloat in front of a soiled Ronald McDonald statue. Although the scene may initially seem amusing, it has darker overtones, as is typical of Superflex’s work following the devastation of the 2008 financial crisis. Flooded McDonald’s suggests multinational corporations’ complicity in environmental devastation, as they fill global landfills with single-use plastic utensils and straws.

Now playing

  • May 21–Jun 18

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    Hiraki Sawa

    Japanese, b. Ishikawa, 1977
    Dwelling
    2003
    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
    BLOCK B
    2009
    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
    2004
    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
    2013–2014
    Two-channel video; color; sound; 2:46 hours
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2016 (16.13)


Coming soon

  • Jun 18–Jul 16

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    Laure Prouvost

    French, b. Lille, 1978
    Swallow
    2013
    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
    2006
    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
    2001
    Single-channel video; color; sound; 6:46 min.
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2019 (2019.018)

  • Jul 09–Aug 06

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    Superflex

    Danish, founded Copenhagen, 1993
    Flooded McDonald’s
    2009
    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)


Past

  • May 14–Jun 11

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    Jacolby Satterwhite

    American, b. Columbia, South Carolina, 1986
    Birds in Paradise
    2019
    Two-channel video; color; sound; 18:20 min.
    Proposed acquisition, November 2020
    @ Jacolby Satterwhite / Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York