Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden – Smithsonian Institution

Independence Ave. at 7th St, S.W.

Washington, DC 20560 Tel: (202) 357-2700 Fax: (202) 786-2682 TDDY: (202) 633-8043

Internet Address: http;//www.si.edu/hirshhorn Director: Mr. James T. Demetrion Admission: free.

Attendance: 784,221 Established: 1966 Membership: N ADA Compliant: Y Parking: limited free parking on mall and nearby commercial lots.

Activities: Concerts; Education Programs (adults, graduate/undergraduate students and children); Films; Gallery Talks; Guided Tours (Mon-Fri,10:30am and noon; Sat-Sun, noon and 2pm; seasonal sculpture garden tours); Lectures; Permanent Exhibits; Temporary/Traveling Exhibitions (3 major and 6 smaller/year); Workshops (“Young at Art”, “Improv Art”, “Art Explores”’).

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden – Smithsonian Institution Photo Gallery



Publications: calendar (seasonal); collection catalogue, “A Garden for Art”; collection catalogue, “Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden: 150 Works of Art”; “Family Guide”; exhibition catalogues; gallery brochures.

The Museum is named after modern art collector Joseph H. Hirshhorn. whose gifts and bequest to the nation of more than 6,000 works of art form the core of the permanent collection of approximately 12,000 objects. Its modern sculpture collection is one of the most comprehensive in the United States. Other collection strengths are contemporary art, European painting since World War II, and American painting since the late 19th century. About 600 works from the permanent collection are on view in the galleries, plaza, and garden at any given time. In the galleries a representative sample of the Museums holdings are presented in two long-term, floor-wide installations: “Celebrating Modern Art” and “Celebrating Contemporary Art”. “Collection in Context” shows (lasting six months) interpret objects in the permanent collection, often using documentary materials and artifacts borrowed from other Smithsonian sources. Full-fledged retrospectives of an artist’s oeuvre and groups shows elucidating today’s art or recreating historical movements are presented in the second floor Special Exhibition galleries. The smaller “Directions” space on the third floor focuses on cutting-edge work by younger artists. Holdings include 5,000 paintings, 3,000 sculptures and mixed-media pieces, and 4,000 works on paper. Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, Edgar Degas, Mark di Suvero, Alberto Giacometti, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin and David Smith are all represented by important holdings in modern sculpture. Francis Bacon, Balthus, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Jean Dubuffet, Edward Hopper, Frank Stella, and Clyfford Still are among 20th-century painters with significant holdings at the Hirshhorn. The spectrum and evolution of contemporary art are reflected in diverse works by Joseph Beuys, Chuck Close, Tony Cragg, Lucian Freud, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Ana Mendieta, Elizabeth Murray, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Martin Puryear, Alison Saar, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol, Rachel Whiteread, and numerous others.

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