About the Hirshhorn

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is the Smithsonian Institution's museum of modern and contemporary art.

The Hirshhorn is located on the National Mall at the corner of 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW in Washington DC.

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Friday, August 22, 2014 

Photographer and Georgetown professor Mike Osborne discusses Sitebound: Photography from the Collection. The talk was introduced by Hirshhorn assistant curator Mika Yoshitake.  

Browse through the Hirshhorn’s selection of lectures and talks including Friday Gallery Talks, Meet the Artists, and Exhibition Walk-throughs at hirshhorn.si.edu.

Posted on Monday, September 8th 2014

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In October 1974 the Hirshhorn Museum opened its doors for the first time. Artists, dignitaries, patrons and lovers of art converged on Washington to take part in a series of gala events celebrating Joseph Hirshhorn’s gift of art to the nation and to view the Museum’s inaugural exhibition. 
It is in this spirit that we invite you to join us on October 17 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Hirshhorn Museum, view our new exhibitions Days of Endless Time and At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection, and to be part of the dynamic future of the Hirshhorn and the Smithsonian. 
The evening includes late-night gallery hours, curator-led tours, film screenings, and a live performance by Zola Jesus.
eNEWSStay up-to-date with Hirshhorn programs and events by subscribing to our eNews. You’ll receive a monthly newsletter along with special program announcements during the month. 

Sign up for museum news and updates!

Purchase tickets now

In October 1974 the Hirshhorn Museum opened its doors for the first time. Artists, dignitaries, patrons and lovers of art converged on Washington to take part in a series of gala events celebrating Joseph Hirshhorn’s gift of art to the nation and to view the Museum’s inaugural exhibition. 

It is in this spirit that we invite you to join us on October 17 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Hirshhorn Museum, view our new exhibitions Days of Endless Time and At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection, and to be part of the dynamic future of the Hirshhorn and the Smithsonian. 

The evening includes late-night gallery hours, curator-led tours, film screenings, and a live performance by Zola Jesus.

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Stay up-to-date with Hirshhorn programs and events by subscribing to our eNews. You’ll receive a monthly newsletter along with special program announcements during the month. 

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Posted on Thursday, September 4th 2014

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After Hours returns October 17!
Join us on October 17th to mark the 40th anniversary of the Hirshhorn Museum. Be among the first to see the completely renovated and reinstalled 3rd floor galleries and a new multimedia exhibition, “Days of Endless Time.” The evening includes late-night gallery hours, curator talks, and a special live performance by Zola Jesus.
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 866.868.7774, or in person at any Smithsonian IMAX Box Office. Check back here for more information on the upcoming After Hours event!
Image: Zola Jesus. Photo by Jeff Elstone

After Hours returns October 17!

Join us on October 17th to mark the 40th anniversary of the Hirshhorn Museum. Be among the first to see the completely renovated and reinstalled 3rd floor galleries and a new multimedia exhibition, “Days of Endless Time.” The evening includes late-night gallery hours, curator talks, and a special live performance by Zola Jesus.

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 866.868.7774, or in person at any Smithsonian IMAX Box Office. Check back here for more information on the upcoming After Hours event!

Image: Zola Jesus. Photo by Jeff Elstone

Posted on Thursday, August 28th 2014

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Gallery Guides engage our visitors in an open dialogue about art. This is a challenging and rewarding opportunity that invites interns to explore art alongside our visitors. The program begins with an intensive training session that focuses on exhibition content, touring and dialogue techniques. After training, Guides have gallery shifts that total 12 hours/week and a 3 hour office shift during which they will work with Hirshhorn staff to produce education materials. Guides work as a team to develop a thorough understanding of the visitor experience that will be valuable in any museum career. They also have the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of staff to gain an understanding of the many functions that contribute to exhibition development as well as a greater knowledge of museum career trajectories. We encourage a diverse pool of applicants with backgrounds in studio arts, art education, art history, museum studies, philosophy, communications, and other related fields. Applicants should be curious and inquisitive, with a strong interest in learning about modern/contemporary art and art museums in general. Fall 2014Program Dates: September 22-January 16Application Deadline: August 25, 2014 How to Apply Email the following to marucak@si.edu with subject: LastName_IG (ex. Maruca_IG)
     • Cover letter     • Resume     • Academic writing sample (5 — 15 pages)     • 2 letters of recommendation (may be sent separately)
More information about Gallery Guides can be found at hirshhorn.si.edu.
From top to bottom: “Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn,” 1995/2009; “Colored Vases,” 2007-2010. Installation view of “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., 2012. Photo: Cathy Carver.

Gallery Guides engage our visitors in an open dialogue about art. This is a challenging and rewarding opportunity that invites interns to explore art alongside our visitors. The program begins with an intensive training session that focuses on exhibition content, touring and dialogue techniques. After training, Guides have gallery shifts that total 12 hours/week and a 3 hour office shift during which they will work with Hirshhorn staff to produce education materials. Guides work as a team to develop a thorough understanding of the visitor experience that will be valuable in any museum career. They also have the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of staff to gain an understanding of the many functions that contribute to exhibition development as well as a greater knowledge of museum career trajectories. 

We encourage a diverse pool of applicants with backgrounds in studio arts, art education, art history, museum studies, philosophy, communications, and other related fields. Applicants should be curious and inquisitive, with a strong interest in learning about modern/contemporary art and art museums in general. 

Fall 2014
Program Dates: September 22-January 16
Application Deadline: August 25, 2014 

How to Apply 
Email the following to marucak@si.edu with subject: LastName_IG (ex. Maruca_IG)

     • Cover letter
     • Resume
     • Academic writing sample (5 — 15 pages)
     • 2 letters of recommendation (may be sent separately)

More information about Gallery Guides can be found at hirshhorn.si.edu.

From top to bottom: “Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn,” 1995/2009; “Colored Vases,” 2007-2010. Installation view of “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., 2012. Photo: Cathy Carver.

Posted on Monday, August 25th 2014

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Friday, August 2212:30 pm | Meet at the Information Desk
“Sitebound: Photography from the Collection” invites viewers to consider the distinct qualities of a physical or temporal site through the supposedly objective means of photography. The works presented, which include several recent acquisitions, explore a wide range of themes, including leisure, landscape, shifting city infrastructures, genetic relations, and memory—both historical and personal, real and imagined.
Following the gallery talk there will be a book signing in the Museum Shop for Osborne’s recently published “Floating Island,” which will be available for purchase. The talk and signing will be introduced by Hirshhorn assistant curator, Mika Yoshitake.
Top: Olafur Eliasson, “Reykjavik series,” 2003

Friday, August 22
12:30 pm | Meet at the Information Desk

Sitebound: Photography from the Collection invites viewers to consider the distinct qualities of a physical or temporal site through the supposedly objective means of photography. The works presented, which include several recent acquisitions, explore a wide range of themes, including leisure, landscape, shifting city infrastructures, genetic relations, and memory—both historical and personal, real and imagined.

Following the gallery talk there will be a book signing in the Museum Shop for Osborne’s recently published “Floating Island,” which will be available for purchase. The talk and signing will be introduced by Hirshhorn assistant curator, Mika Yoshitake.

Top: Olafur Eliasson, “Reykjavik series,” 2003

Posted on Monday, August 18th 2014

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Don’t miss your chance to see Jeremy Deller’s “English Magic.”
February 7 to August 2014 (Lower Level)Beautifully shot footage highlights birds of prey, landing and on the wing. The giant claw of a scrapyard crane lifts a Range Rover into a car crusher. Kids and adults frolic in the artist’s inflatable version of Stonehenge. Marchers in Angry Birds costumes parade in London’s Lord Mayor’s Show, waving to the crowds. Accompanying the proceedings are the tintinnabulations of the Melodians Steel Orchestra, ringing out selections by Ralph Vaughan Williams, David Bowie, and A Guy Called Gerald.
“English Magic,” 2012, the title film for an exhibition by Jeremy Deller (British, b. London, 1966) in the British Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, is an idiosyncratic collective portrait of Britishness that stretches from the ancient to the contemporary. At the same time, the film’s captivating and sometimes bewildering imagery allows for open-ended interpretation. The eclectic quality of the piece, incorporating folk and vernacular objects and topics, as well as the use of musicians and specialized technicians as actors and participants, is characteristic of the artist’s expansive filmmaking process.
Represented in the Hirshhorn’s 2008 exhibition “The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image, Part II: Realisms” by his masterwork “The Battle of Orgreave,” 2001, a reenactment of a 1984 conflict between police and striking miners, the Turner Prize–winning Deller continues to renew his approach and address a broad range of sociopolitical and aesthetic concerns.
Still from Jeremy Deller’s “English Magic,” 2012. © Jeremy Deller. Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise

Don’t miss your chance to see Jeremy Deller’s “English Magic.”

February 7 to August 2014 (Lower Level)
Beautifully shot footage highlights birds of prey, landing and on the wing. The giant claw of a scrapyard crane lifts a Range Rover into a car crusher. Kids and adults frolic in the artist’s inflatable version of Stonehenge. Marchers in Angry Birds costumes parade in London’s Lord Mayor’s Show, waving to the crowds. Accompanying the proceedings are the tintinnabulations of the Melodians Steel Orchestra, ringing out selections by Ralph Vaughan Williams, David Bowie, and A Guy Called Gerald.

English Magic,” 2012, the title film for an exhibition by Jeremy Deller (British, b. London, 1966) in the British Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, is an idiosyncratic collective portrait of Britishness that stretches from the ancient to the contemporary. At the same time, the film’s captivating and sometimes bewildering imagery allows for open-ended interpretation. The eclectic quality of the piece, incorporating folk and vernacular objects and topics, as well as the use of musicians and specialized technicians as actors and participants, is characteristic of the artist’s expansive filmmaking process.

Represented in the Hirshhorn’s 2008 exhibition “The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image, Part II: Realisms by his masterwork “The Battle of Orgreave,” 2001, a reenactment of a 1984 conflict between police and striking miners, the Turner Prize–winning Deller continues to renew his approach and address a broad range of sociopolitical and aesthetic concerns.

Still from Jeremy Deller’s “English Magic,” 2012. © Jeremy Deller. Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise

Posted on Friday, August 15th 2014

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Inspire chaos. –ARTLAB+ manager Amy Homma’s Rule for Success
Check out Complex.com for the 10 Rules for Success to Work at a Museum.
ARTLAB+ is a radically inclusive digital media studio for local teens. Our programs give youth access to professional technology and art, connecting them to artist mentors who support teens in building their own creative community. We develop critical thinkers and engaged citizens who have the marketable technological skills needed to lead the next generation of innovators.
ARTLAB+ teens choose their own activities and projects to produce with professional video and photo gear, music and recording equipment, video games and graphic design resources. Inspired by the collection and temporary exhibitions, a staff of artist mentors serve drop-in teens after school, during the academic year and summer. Teens can hangout, plan events, join production teams and learn in workshops. We welcome all teens, 13-19, regardless of experience.
Visit http://artlabplus.si.edu/ for more information.

Inspire chaos. –ARTLAB+ manager Amy Homma’s Rule for Success

Check out Complex.com for the 10 Rules for Success to Work at a Museum.

ARTLAB+ is a radically inclusive digital media studio for local teens. Our programs give youth access to professional technology and art, connecting them to artist mentors who support teens in building their own creative community. We develop critical thinkers and engaged citizens who have the marketable technological skills needed to lead the next generation of innovators.

ARTLAB+ teens choose their own activities and projects to produce with professional video and photo gear, music and recording equipment, video games and graphic design resources. Inspired by the collection and temporary exhibitions, a staff of artist mentors serve drop-in teens after school, during the academic year and summer. Teens can hangout, plan events, join production teams and learn in workshops. We welcome all teens, 13-19, regardless of experience.

Visit http://artlabplus.si.edu/ for more information.

Posted on Thursday, August 14th 2014

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The results are in, and unfortunately the Hirshhorn did not pass the second round of the Smithsonian Summer Showdown.
The contest is coming to an end with the final round beginning today. Vote for the object you think is the most iconic and be entered to win great prizes. We know what our favorite is, what’s yours?
Vote Now!

The results are in, and unfortunately the Hirshhorn did not pass the second round of the Smithsonian Summer Showdown.

The contest is coming to an end with the final round beginning today. Vote for the object you think is the most iconic and be entered to win great prizes. We know what our favorite is, what’s yours?

Vote Now!

Posted on Wednesday, August 13th 2014

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We’re into Round Two, YOU can help the Hirshhorn become NUMBER ONE!
MAKE YOUR PICKS
Doug Aitken, “SONG 1,” 2012. Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest Fund and Anonymous Gift, 2012, dedicated in honor of Kerry Brougher’s service to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2000–2014), 2014. Photo: Chris Rossi

We’re into Round Two, YOU can help the Hirshhorn become NUMBER ONE!

MAKE YOUR PICKS

Doug Aitken, “SONG 1,” 2012. Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest Fund and Anonymous Gift, 2012, dedicated in honor of Kerry Brougher’s service to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2000–2014), 2014. Photo: Chris Rossi

Posted on Tuesday, August 5th 2014

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VOTE NOW
Support the Hirshhorn by voting on Gordon Bunshaft’s monumental hollow-centered, elevated cylinder in the Art category of the Smithsonian Summer Showdown. Then complete the other three categories of voting for a chance to win a prize. Voting for Round One ends today!

VOTE NOW

Support the Hirshhorn by voting on Gordon Bunshaft’s monumental hollow-centered, elevated cylinder in the Art category of the Smithsonian Summer Showdown. Then complete the other three categories of voting for a chance to win a prize. Voting for Round One ends today!

Posted on Monday, August 4th 2014

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August 2014 Programs Calendar
Closing August 25
Directions: Jeremy Deller (Lower Level)
On view
Salvatore Scarpaitta: Traveler (Lower Level)
Speculative Forms (Second Level)
Sitebound: Photography from the Collection (Second Level)
Black Box: Oliver Laric (Lower Level)
Upcoming Exhibitions
At the Hub of the Things
Days of Endless Time
PodcastsBrowse through the Hirshhorn’s selection of lectures and talks
ARTLAB+Free digital media workshops, clubs, and events for teens
eNEWSStay up-to-date with Hirshhorn programs and events by subscribing to our eNews. You’ll receive a monthly newsletter along with special program announcements during the month. Sign up for museum news and updates!
Visit hirshhorn.si.edu for all upcoming program information.

August 2014 Programs Calendar

Closing August 25

On view

Upcoming Exhibitions

Podcasts
Browse through the Hirshhorn’s selection of lectures and talks

ARTLAB+
Free digital media workshops, clubs, and events for teens

eNEWS
Stay up-to-date with Hirshhorn programs and events by subscribing to our eNews. You’ll receive a monthly newsletter along with special program announcements during the month. Sign up for museum news and updates!

Visit hirshhorn.si.edu for all upcoming program information.

Posted on Friday, August 1st 2014

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