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This tour is a double feature. It begins with Manifesto: Art X Agency, a public declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of an artist or artistic movement. A standard feature of modernist avant-garde movements, manifestos were often created to outline the principles of artist groups and profess social and political theories practiced by artists, writers and philosophers. The exhibit highlights contemporary pieces spanning from the 1960s to the present day that that provide a commentary on political movements and social change within contemporary contexts. Included among the artists on view are the Guerrilla Girls, Adrian Piper, Hurvin Anderson, Alfredo Jaar, Nam June Paik, Zoe Leonard, Catherine Opie, and Glenn Ligon.
The tour will also include an introduction to Rirkrit Tiravanija: Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Green. This is the Hirshhorn’s first-ever exhibition of works by this contemporary Thai artist. The art installation includes a large-scale mural drawn on the walls over the course of the exhibition, which references protests against Thai government policies. The colors in the title refer to the various factions involved in recent protests in Thailand. Tiravanija’s work has focused on real-time experience and breaking down the barriers between object and spectator. He has also challenged the possibilities of gallery space by using the gallery as a site for the preparation of communal meals.
- Meet your Smithsonian Associates Rep by the Information Desk inside the Independence Ave entrance, no later than listed start time.
- While there is metered street parking and several parking lots and garages near the museum, space is limited, your best bet is using METRO.
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
7th & Independence Ave SW
Metro: L'Enfant Plaza