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Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Posted by on February 22, 2012

Field Trip: Smithsonian: Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Location: 700 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC
Contact: 202-633-1000
Grades: K and up
Admission: Free

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About the Museum:

The Hirshhorn presents art in a range of media, including works on paper, painting, installation, photography, sculpture, digital and video art, and works that mix all or some of the above. Their collection of modern art (late-nineteenth century to mid-twentieth century) and contemporary art (from the 1970s to today) includes in-depth holdings by some of the best-known artists of our time, as well as the work of today’s most promising emerging artists.

Lower Level:
Installations in the lower level galleries often explore recent acquisitions. The Black Box is space for new media, presenting cutting-edge film and video works by emerging artists. Exhibitions change every three months.

Second Level:
Special exhibitions rotate approximately every four months. These large exhibitions explore the work of a particular artist, a theme, or questions devised by one of our curators.

Third Level:
The third level highlights work from our renowned collection. Several galleries focus on our in-depth holdings of artists like Alexander Calder and Willem de Kooning. A variety of post-1960 representational paintings by Tom Wesselman, James Rosenquist, Alex Katz, and Eric Fischl highlight the many nuances of intimate relationships while commenting upon different aspects of American culture.

Sculpture Garden:
The Sculpture Garden highlights the work of some of the best-known artists of our time, including Rodin, Matisse, Koons, Calder, and more. The cool green spaces and geometric reflecting pool offer an atmosphere of contemplation and retreat.

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