Free, live, and online. New conversations, ideas, and artists each week.


This free series is online only.

Every Wednesday, join us online to hear your favorite artists in discussion about this historic moment we are living through. Talking to Our Time is a series of free, live artist talks featuring a diverse group of artists. This fall’s lineup includes Huma Bhabha, Kota Ezawa, Camille Henrot, Zoe Leonard, Shana Moulton, Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh, Deborah Roberts, Sterling Ruby, Haim Steinbach, Kiyan Williams, and Krzysztof Wodiczko.

Talking to Our Time is part of#HirshhornInsideOut, an ongoing effort to share the Hirshhorn’s artworks, expertise and public programing at a time when the museum’s building is temporarily closed.

Communication access real-time translation (CART) will be provided for each program. Any questions about accessibility for this series can be sent to hirshhornexperience@si.edu.


CURRENT SEASON

FALL 2020 (September 16–December 16)

Wednesday, September 16 | 7 pm ET (live program)
(At Home) On Art and Public Space: Artist Talk With Krzysztof Wodiczko

Polish-born artist Krzysztof Wodiczko will join Hirshhorn chief curator Stéphane Aquin todiscuss his decades-long practice of using art to democratize and reimagine the meaning behind public spaces and monuments.
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Wednesday, September 23 | 7 pm ET (pre-recorded program)
(At Home) On Art and the Alien: Artist Talk With Huma Bhabha
As her towering, otherworldly sculpture We Come in Peace (2018) looms over the Hirshhorn’s sculpture garden, Pakistani-born artist Huma Bhabha will join Hirshhorn associate curator Anne Reeve to discuss how found materials, pop culture, sci-fi, and her experiences as an immigrant have shaped the compelling figures that have come to define her practice.
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Thursday, October 8 | 7 pm ET (live program)
(At Home) On I Want a President: Artist Talk With Zoe Leonard and Eileen Myles
Nearly three decades after Zoe Leonard wrote her iconic I Want a President poem in response to Eileen Myles’s presidential bid alongside George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot, the text remains an important reminder of the role art and artists can play in defining and shaping civic life.
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Wednesday, October 14 | 7 pm ET (live program)
(At Home) On Art and Peanut Butter: Artist Talk with Shana Moulton
California-based artist Shana Moulton will join Hirshhorn associate curator of media and performance art Marina Isgro to discuss her ongoing video and performance series Whispering Pines and how her work has evolved in response to the global pandemic.
Stay tuned for the recording.

Wednesday, October 21 | noon ET (live program)
(At Home) On Art and Display: Curators in Conversation With Haim Steinbach
Israeli American artist Haim Steinbach will join Hirshhorn curator-at-large Gianni Jetzer for a discussion on the intersection of art and curating, looking closely at the artist’s decades-long practice of exploring values and meanings created with the display and arrangement of found objects.

Wednesday, October 28 | noon ET (live program)
(At Home) On Art and Origin Stories: Artist Talk With Camille Henrot and Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh
Camille Henrot and Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh will come together to discuss their collaborative project Grosse Fatigue and more with Hirshhorn associate curator Marina Isgro.

Wednesday, November 18 | 7 pm ET (live program)
(At Home) On Art and Soil: Artist Talk With Kiyan Williams
Free, registration required
Artist Kiyan Williams will join Hirshhorn associate curator Anne Reeve to discuss their multidisciplinary practice navigating the relationship between Blackness, trans/gressive subjectivities and ecology.

Wednesday, November 25 | noon ET
(At Home) On Art and Flight: Artist Talk with Tomás Saraceno
Free, registration required
Artist Tomás Saraceno will join Hirshhorn curator-at-large Gianni Jetzer to explore the roles that research and experimentation play in the development of his work.

Wednesday, December 2 | 7 pm ET (live program)
(At Home) On Art and the American Psyche: Artist Talk With Sterling Ruby
Free, registration required
Artist Sterling Ruby will join us for a dive into his multifaceted art practice and his monumental sculpture DOUBLE CANDLE. 

Wednesday, December 9 | 7 pm ET (live program)
(At Home) On Art and Identity: Artist Talk With Deborah Roberts
Free, registration required
Artist Deborah Roberts will join Hirshhorn senior curator Evelyn Hankins for a discussion on power, identity, and challenging cultural myths and stereotypes.

Wednesday, December 16 | 7 pm ET (live program)
(At Home) On Art and Animation: Artist Talk With Kota Ezawa
Free, registration required
German Japanese American artist Kota Ezawa will join Hirshhorn associate curator Marina Isgro to discuss his process of translating iconic media moments into opportunities for reconsideration and reflection.


PAST SEASONS

SUMMER 2020 (July 22–September 2)

Wednesday, July 22 | 8 pm EDT
(At Home) On Art and Human Rights: Artist Talk with Alfredo Jaar
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Wednesday, July 29 | 12 pm EDT
(At Home) On Art and Collaboration: Artist Talk with Senga Nengudi and Maren Hassinger
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Wednesday, August 5 | 8 pm EDT
(At Home) On Art and Community: Artist Talk with Aliza Nisenbaum
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Wednesday, August 12 | 12 pm EDT
(At Home) On Art and the Screen Age: Artist Talk with Paul Chan
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Wednesday, August 19 | 2 pm EDT
(At Home) On Art and Healing: Artist Talk with AA Bronson and Adrian Stimson
Stay tuned for the recording.

Wednesday, August 26 | 2 pm EDT
(At Home) On Art and Participation: Artist Talk with Doug Aitken
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Wednesday, September 2 | 12 pm EDT
(At Home) On Art and Collective Memory: Artist Talk with Monument Lab
Stay tuned for the recording.