Monday, February 27, 2012

Art Watch: Hirshhorn

Hirshhorn! I love this museum. Hirshhorn --part of the Smithsonian group-- consistently brings cutting edge and thought provoking work to the District. It remains one of the more bearable museums on the Mall during the busiest days of tourist season. Here are a few highlights/recent works I have seen and want to see:

Seen it:
Ali Kazma's Black Box film. Black Box is always provocative and always a treat. This time is no different. Eccentric and mesmerizing are words that come to mind regarding this entry. Also "repetition." December 19, 2011 to April 2012.

Dark Matters. All of the pieces (and film) are from the Hirshhorn collection that "draw upon the associations and implications of darkness." The film is crazy and quite an experience. Don't go alone. February 3, 2012 to May 31, 2012.

Want to see it:
Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone: This is not an exhibit, but a screening of the 2010 documentary about the legendary L.A. rock band Fishbone. March 8, 8:00PM.

Gallery talk on Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color and Space. The exhibition opened last week. Gallery talks are traditionally held on Fridays and this this is the first of two on Supradensorial. Hirshhorn has tapped an educator and curator from DC's Phillip Collection to present this week. I should probably see the exhibit first, but perhaps this will give me some perspective. March 2, 12:30PM.

Doug Aitken: Song 1: How to describe this installation? I'm not sure. The artist will use the outside skin of the Hirshhorn building as a canvas for projections in this unique, walk inducing, large scale and site-specific exhibition. Concept imagery looks cool! March 22, 2012 to May 13, 2012.