Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Gary Simmons

Friday, May 8, 7:00pm

New York-based artist Gary Simmons has been making "erasure" drawings since the early 1990s, when his studio occupied a former school. Simmons discusses his trademark process of using chalk on prepared panels that mimic school-room chalkboards. In the Hirshhorn's Blackboard (Triple-Eyed Maestro), 1993, the artist confronts the racial stereotypes that are still prevalent in today's popular culture.

Friday Gallery Talks, 12:30pm
Every Friday, museum staff as well as local artists, scholars, and people from a variety of viewpoints share their insights with visitors and encourage dialogue about the works on view. Podcasts of selected Friday Gallery Talks are available online at Meet at the Information Desk. There is no charge for this program.

May 8 - DC area artist and Director of Exhibitions at Arlington Art Center Jeffrey Cudlin on the collection

May 15 - DC area artist Renee Stout on Louise Bourgeois

May 22- Director of Education at the National Museum of Women in the Arts Deborah Gaston on Strange Bodies

May 29 - DC area artist and professor Colby Caldwell on Directions: Walead Beshty

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
7th Street & Independence Avenue, SW
Metro: L'Enfant Plaza, 7th and Maryland Avenue exit

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