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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at Seventh Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20024
The Hirshhorn will restage “Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.,” an iconic large-scale, outdoor projection by acclaimed American artist Krzysztof Wodiczko (b. 1943, Warsaw), on view for the first time since its original three-night display 30 years ago. The celebrated three-story-tall installation, commissioned by the Hirshhorn and created specifically for its uniquely curved architecture, debuted in 1988 and referenced widespread ’80s debates around the 1988 Presidential election’s political rhetoric, reproductive rights and the death penalty, by alluding to the power of mass media to convey ideologies at a time when cable TV was changing the media paradigm. Wodiczko was at the forefront of a new interest in public art, and his work reflects an increased political awareness in the art of the period, spurred by forces such as the rise of homelessness, the AIDS epidemic and the polarization of U.S. politics.
For these three nights, Feb. 13-15, the museum will keep its doors open for special late-night hours, during which visitors can explore «Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s,» the exhibition with which this work coincides. Brand New will also include Wodiczko’s renowned “Homeless Vehicle No. 5.” (1988–89). Gallery Guides will be on the National Mall and in the lobby to answer questions and host conversations about the work.
Free and open to the public.