This October, Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., marks 40 years of showcasing modern and contemporary art to the masses. To celebrate the milestone, the museum will have a yearlong celebration featuring new exhibitions and public programs.
On display until April 12, 2015, the recently opened Days of Endless Time exhibition features artists taking a deeper look at slower, more mediative forms of perception rather than the constant information overload people are constantly bombarded with thanks to technology.
Placed inside the newly installed galleries on the second floor, the exhibit showcases 14 works by 13 international artists, including Douglas Gordon, Matthew Weinstein and Robert Wilson.
One of the featured works in the exhibit "Days of Endless Time" — Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Visitors will also get to see the newly renovated third-floor ring of galleries, which have not been updated since the museum's 1974 opening.
Harking back to architect Gordon Bunshaft's original vision of openness, drop ceilings, spur walls and carpeting have been removed, and there have been lighting and security system updates.
Closed in January and reopened in mid-October, the galleries now feature the on-going exhibition At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection.
While the museum usually presents pieces by artist or era, the Hub collection is organized by themes, including history and memory, personal symbolic systems and the overlap of pop and minimalism. The 50 pieces of art will be on display in the outer ring of the galleries and include well-known artists such as Spencer Finch, Agnes Martin and Paul Thek.
Some of the works have not been on public display for a number of years. One piece – Untitled (Aviary with Yellow Birds) by Joseph Cornell – will be shown for the first time at the museum. The collection is named after one of the sculptures in the show created by Anish Kapoor.
Upcoming Public Programs
Make sure to get your calendar ready, because there are a number of noteworthy events happening, too.
Public programs include the annual James T. Demtrion Lecture on Saturday, Nov. 8, which will feature pop pioneer Claes Oldenburg.
The Curators in Conversation series will include a discussion on Thursday, Nov. 20, with international curator Francesco Bonami and best-selling author Sarah Thornton.
The Meet the Artist series will feature sculptors and installation artists Charles Simonds on Wednesday, Dec. 10, and Spencer Finch on Thursday, Jan. 22.
Taking its name from entrepreneur Joseph H. Hirshorn – who donated his extensive art collection and bequeathed $1 million for the construction of the structure – the museum has more than 11,000 pieces of art in its collection, including sculptures, photographs and paintings.