July 2018 Hirshhorn Events

By Editorial Team on July 2, 2018
Photo courtesy of Hirshhorn Museum.

Sound Scene XI: Mapping Memory

  • July 7, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm
  • July 8, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm

Advance registration recommended
Sound Scene XI, organized in partnership with local sound collective DC Listening Lounge, unites audio artists and contributors from across the globe to transform the Hirshhorn into a free and interactive sonic wonderland. This year’s Sound Scene focuses on the theme of “Mapping Memory.”

Over two days, you can rest in a dream tent, hold sound in your hands and listen through your fingertips, and build your own wind chime, Take a guided audio architectural tour, practice mixing samples into a live DJ set, and transform words from speech to text, and then into dance.

Now in its 11th year, Sound Scene features sonic surprises and thought-provoking listening opportunities for all ages.

Live performances will take place throughout each day by artists such as Layne Garrett, David Schulman, members of the National Symphony Orchestra, Smithsonian Folklife Festival visiting artists, and dance ensemble Errant Movement. A full schedule of live performances is available online.

Small group workshops (all first come, first served) will include a guided sonic meditation inspired by Pauline Oliveros, an opportunity to remix playground rhymes into new hip-hop song, and guided listening sessions, and more.

Photo courtesy of Hirshhorn Museum.

Mariana Valencia, Album (Live Performance)

  • July 12, 2018 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • July 13, 2018 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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In this new solo work, Valencia presents a powerful herstory of her own life through a choral surround of original songs, dances, and monologues. She is a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award to Artists grantee (2018) and has performed around the globe.

This performance is part of Does the body rule the mind, or does the mind rule the body?, the Museum’s first live performance exhibition, presenting the newest generation of American artists who blend the avant-garde legacy of performance art with pop culture.

Photo courtesy of Hirshhorn Museum.

Will Rawls, Cursor (Live Performance)

  • July 26, 2018 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • July 27, 2018 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cursor muses on the computer cursor as a kind of body, describing the graphic as a “protagonist and expectant messenger,” with dance, writing, voice, and objects. As a choreographer, writer, and performer, Rawls frequently explores ideas of dance and blackness, ambiguity and abstraction.

This performance is part of Does the body rule the mind, or does the mind rule the body?, the Museum’s first live performance exhibition, presenting the newest generation of American artists who blend the avant-garde legacy of performance art with pop culture.

Photo courtesy of Hirshhorn Museum.

Gallery Experience: The Message in ASL

  • July 7, 2018 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Experience Camille Henrot’s Grosse Fatigue and Arthur Jafa’s Love is the Message, the Message is Death with a special American Sign Language/spoken English tour of The Message: New Media Works.

Hirshhorn is located at Independence Ave SW and 7th St. SW.