I have always liked contemporary art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden always has exhibitions that I find both visually appealing and highly thought-provoking.
Additionally, the circular shape of the building always contributes to a unique exhibition experience. The more museums I have visited the more I have realized how much the space contributes to the exhibitions as well as the overall museum experience.
I went to the Hirshhorn with one exhibition in mind which was “Bettina Pousttchi: World Time Clock.” The Hirshhorn Galleries include the space that are the circular hallways between the larger gallery spaces in-between and have some really cool exhibitions in which the curved wall seems to amplify the art even further. “Bettina Pousttchi: World Time Clock” showed images of public clocks, all taken at the exact same time of day, but in different cities- in 24 times zones, as I double check the museum website– pretty amazing. It is clear that the artist put a lot of energy into the show.
The exhibition may appear very simple at first glance, but it took eight years to put together the artwork due to the differing time zones. The black and white of the clocks seemed to emphasize the time aspect as color may have distracted from that important element. There is something about the circular aspect of the museum that makes walking through the exhibition that much more interesting.
I also looked at many items from the Hirshhorn’s collection that were on display-Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Miro, Jean-Paul Riopelle, and Alexander Calder. I always enjoy seeing a mix of well-known artists with artists that are a bit less known.
So…why the Hirshhorn, in sum:
- Great contemporary art work
- Building off of number 1…the sculptures are often thought-provoking and unexpected (like the one shown above). Check out this Washington Post article about a sculpture that greets visitors in the garden.
- The space/ layout / building itself provides a one-of-a kind museum experience, and you can see most of the museum in one visit.
The Hirshhorn has a number of exciting shows coming up including “Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrors” in February 2017. I have seen a lot of articles about this exhibition and it is highly anticipated. One writer even expressed concern over the amount of time visitors are expected to spend in the exhibition taking photos with possible long wait lines to get in. Should be very interesting…but I am still planning to brave the wait if necessary.
All photos and video by Hanna (me).