December 2018 at the Hirshhorn

By Editorial Team on December 4, 2018
Courtesy of Hirshhorn.

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Editor’s Note: the museum is cancelling all programs on December 5 in observance of a National Day of Mourning.  The museum will be open 10am to 5:30pm.

 

MAKER MORNINGS: ILLUMINATE
Date/Time: Every Saturday in December, 10 am
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560
Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/maker-mornings-illuminate/2018-12-01/

Description: During the darkest month of the year, brighten up your weekends at the Hirshhorn! Makers of all ages are welcome to join us at MAKER MORNINGS: Illuminate as we explore the exhibition Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse through hands-on activities.

Every Saturday in December, you and your young artists can:

  • Create and take home an illustration of your family’s heartbeat using biometric technology;
  • Play with light and shadows;
  • Make a paper luminary to take home or give as a gift;
  • Explore a library of art-themed books.

Mid-day Art Break: Free Tour
Date/Time: Every day in December, 12:30pm
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560
Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/daily-highlight-tour/2018-11-01/

Highlights Tours are offered daily at 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Tours last between 45–60 minutes. To participate, meet a Gallery Guide at the Information Desk in the Lobby.

Afternoon Highlights: Free Tour
Date/Tie: Every day in December, 3:30 pm
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560.
Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/daily-highlight-tours/2018-11-01/

Highlights Tours are offered daily at 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Tours last between 45–60 minutes. To participate, meet a Gallery Guide at the Information Desk in the Lobby.

Check it Out: Hirshhorn | A Library + Art Pop-Up Program
Date/Time: Every Saturday in December, 10 am- 2 pm
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560. Third Floor
Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/check-it-out-hirshhorn-a-library-art-pop-up-program/2018-12-01/

Description: Check it out! Find our cart in the gallery and check out a kit to use inside the Museum. Kits include a children’s book, suggested artworks for viewing, and hands-on materials.

This program is a partnership between Smithsonian Libraries and the Hirshhorn.

Gallery Experience: Art & Ingenuity Tour
Date/Time: Every day in December, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560
Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/gallery-experience-art-ingenuity-tour/2018-12-02/

Description: In celebration of Ingenuity Week, we will explore the ways in which artists in the Hirshhorn collection have been original and inventive.

Robot Model Sketching Session
Date/Time: December 6, 2018. 2:30 pm- 3 pm. Recurs December 7, 10:00am.
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560. Meet in the lobby
Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/robot-model-sketching-session/2018-12-06/

Description: Pepper the Robot will model for this automated version of a life-drawing session. Join us in the galleries as Pepper holds a number of poses throughout the hour-long program. Gallery stools and basic drawing supplies are provided. Visitors may bring their own materials but use pencils and paper only in the galleries, please.

HIRSHHORN/AM: Pepper Project
Date/Time: December 7, 2018. 9 am-10 am
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560. Meet in the lobby
Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/hirshhorn-am-pepper-project/

Description: Are robots taking over our museums? In the past year, the Smithsonian has welcomed Pepper, a four-foot-tall, interactive humanoid robot from Softbank Robotics, to its ranks of scholars and museum professionals, offering a new kind of visitor experience. The Smithsonian is the first museum, research, and education complex in the world to experiment with this innovative technology. Join Associate Director of Visitor Services Kristi Delich and ARTLAB Mentor and technology expert Ian McDermott for an early morning discussion about how Pepper has sparked creative engagement in museums across the Smithsonian and learn about what roles Pepper might play at the museums in the future.

ARTLAB: ARTLounge
Date/Time: Every Friday in December, 4 pm-8 pm.
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560. Meet in the Ring auditorium
Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/artlounge/2018-12-07/

Description: Looking for a space to chill, make new friends, and explore digital art after school? Come through to ARTLAB’s ARTLounge, a social learning experience for teens to connect, learn, and create. We’re here every Friday! Check out the entire ARTLounge schedule here. Questions? Email hmsgartlab@si.edu.

ARTLAB: ART TALK with Malik Jarrett
Date/Time: RESCHEDULED TO: DECEMBER 21, 2018. 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560. Lerner room.
Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/artlab-art-talk-with-malik-jarrett/

Description: Y’all have seen the brightly colored logo throughout the city, now come meet Malik Jarrett, the creator behind the hometown brand Elevate All the Time, better known as EAT. Chop it up with him and learn a thing or two about fashion design and entrepreneurship from this DC native.

 Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes in ASL
Date/Time: December 8, 2018. 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560. Meet in the lobby.
Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/charline-von-heyl-snake-eyes-in-asl/

Description: Explore Charline von Heyl‘s striking and daring large-scale paintings through an American Sign Language/spoken English tour.

STORYTIME: Cloudy with a Chance of Art
Date/Time: December 12, 2018. 10 am. This event recurs on December 16 at 11 am
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560. Meet in the Lobby
Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/storytime-2018-11-07-2018-12-12/

Description: From raining meatballs and pea soup fog to rocks falling on cars, we’re looking at the sky for inspiration at STORYTIME this week. Grab your umbrella and join us on the Plaza! We’ll look at Jimmie Durham’s work Still Life with Spirit and Xitle, featuring a large volcanic rock dropped on a car, and read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett.  Want more? Head over to the National Air and Space Museum this week for a meteorite-themed story time adventure! Stroller parking available in lobby. This program will have ASL interpretation.

STORYTIME explores contemporary art through stories and movement. Museum staff will read aloud a book, introduce children to an artist in the collection, and lead a hands-on activity. Nursing moms welcome. Stroller parking is available in the Hirshhorn lobby. Groups of 10 or more should contact mcgettigant@si.edu to reserve a program in advance. An ASL Interpreter may be requested for this program. Two weeks advance notice is appreciated. Please note: snacks are not allowed inside the Museum, but you may eat outside on our Plaza before or after the program.

TALK + BOOK SIGNING: Banned in DC
Date/Time: December 13, 2018. 7 pm-9 pm
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560. Ring auditorium

Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/talk-book-signing-banned-in-dc/

General Tickets Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/talk-book-signing-banned-in-dc-tickets-52369910813

Description: On December 13, 1988, Cynthia went to the printer in Maryland to pick up a couple of copies of the Banned in DC book hot off the presses.

For the thirtieth anniversary of Banned in DC, join Cynthia Connolly, publisher and contributing photographer, for a discussion about documenting a pivotal time in DC’s music history. Released in 1988, Banned in DC, co-authored by Cynthia Connolly, Leslie Clague, and Sharon Cheslow, was one of the first books of its kind, illustrating and chronicling the now-legendary punk scene of Washington DC, with hundreds of photos, flyers, and stories about the bands, venues, and people who populated the shows. The DC scene embodied a spirit of DIY that has come to be synonymous with punk, and it has continued to influence many regional punk scenes around the world.

Cynthia will share stories and images of her involvement with a very small group of kids who contributed to a worldwide music movement like no other, then join in a discussion with founding co-editor Leslie Clague and Hirshhorn Curator of Media and Performance Art Mark Beasley.

Stick around for a book signing and post-program refreshments.

Banned in DC will be available for purchase in the Hirshhorn bookstore.

Study Hall: Mark Bradford
Date/Time: December 14, 2018. 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560. Meet in the Lobby
Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/study-hall-mark-bradford/

Description: Study Hall combines looking and talking about art while browsing through art books from the Hirshhorn Library. The program begins with a guided looking exercise and discussion about Mark Bradford’s Pickett’s Charge. Then, while sitting in front of the artwork, we will make further connections to Bradford’s work through the illustrated volumes.

ARTLAB: Emerging Artists Showcase: Generation Eye
Date/Time: December 15, 2018. 1 pm-3 pm
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560. Meet in the Lerner room.
Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/artlab-emerging-artists-showcase-generation-eye/

Description: Join ARTLAB’s Emerging Artists at Generation Eye, a showcase of teen artwork investigating the construction of identity through the lens of twenty-first-century century technology.

The Emerging Artists program takes teens’ artistic skills to the next level. This opportunity provides teens with exclusive access to ARTLAB technology, leadership opportunities, and direct involvement with events and exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum.

STORYTIME: It’s not a Box, it’s a…
Date/Time: December 19, 2018 10 am. This event recurs on December 23 at 11 am
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560. Meet in the Lobby
Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/storytime-2018-11-07-2018-12-19/

Description: It might look like just a plain white box, but inside is a world of possibilities. We will read Not a Box by Antoinette Portis and use our imaginations to think outside the box. Get ready to fire up your creativity to build, play, and explore! Stroller parking available in lobby.

STORYTIME explores contemporary art through stories and movement. Museum staff will read aloud a book, introduce children to an artist in the collection, and lead a hands-on activity. Nursing moms welcome. Stroller parking is available in the Hirshhorn lobby. Groups of 10 or more should contact mcgettigant@si.edu to reserve a program in advance. An ASL Interpreter may be requested for this program. Two weeks advance notice is appreciated. Please note: snacks are not allowed inside the Museum, but you may eat outside on our Plaza before or after the program.

CUENTA-CUENTOS: STORYTIME in Spanish
Date/Time: December 30, 2018 11 am
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20560. Meet in the Lobby
Event Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/event/storytime-2018-11-07-2018-12-30/

Description: ¡Alistémonos para un Año Nuevo transformador! Ven y reflexiona con nosotros el 2018 y prepárate para mutar en el 2019. Veremos las pinturas de Charline Von Heyl, y leeremos La Oruga muy Hambrienta de Eric Carle. Después del cuento, transforma tus resoluciones de año nuevo en una obra de arte.

Let’s get ready for a transformative New Year! Join us as we reflect on 2018 and prepare to morph into 2019. We’ll look at paintings by Charline von Heyl and read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Following the story, turn your New Year’s resolution into a work of art.

STORYTIME explores contemporary art through stories and movement. Museum staff will read aloud a book, introduce children to an artist in the collection, and lead a hands-on activity. Nursing moms welcome. Stroller parking is available in the Hirshhorn lobby. Groups of 10 or more should contact mcgettigant@si.edu to reserve a program in advance. Please note: snacks are not allowed inside the Museum, but you may eat outside on our Plaza before or after the program.