Featuring nearly 350 objects and images, from a Tomahawk missile to a can of baking powder, this exhibit demonstrates the ways in which Indian words and images have become ingrained in American culture. It also examines how four Indian narratives—Pocahontas, Thanksgiving, the Trail of Tears and the Battle of Little Bighorn—have engendered enduring fascination and conflict.
This show explores the modern architectural roots of the three unmapped cities built from scratch to support the creation, development and execution of the Manhattan Project. “Secret Cities” examines the architecture and construction of Hanford, Washington; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Los Alamos, New Mexico, and also focuses on the daily life of their inhabitants, exploring social hierarchical norms and segregation.
This exhibit details the collision of myriad cultures on the Swahili coast in East Africa—a historic crossroads for peoples not only from Africa but also from the Arabian Peninsula, Asia and Europe. Objects on view from a variety of places and time periods allow viewers to trace the influences of trade and cross-cultural pollination on artistic forms and motifs.
Thick, gestural brushstrokes and loose bands of color characterize Irish artist Sean Scully ’s acclaimed “Landline” series, now making its U.S. debut. The series spans a variety of media,including watercolor, oil painting and sculpture, and will be on display in the Hirshhorn’s second-level galleries.
Photographs, sculptures, drawings and documentary materials form this extensive survey of the works British sculptor Rachel Whiteread created during her 30-year career. Whiteread’s pieces chart the transition from late 20th- to early 21st-century living through the memorialization of everyday objects and public spaces.
Los Angeles-born artist Mark Bradford mines the universe, Greek mythology and his own personal life in monumental abstract collages made of paper and scavenged materials such as billboards, fliers and graffiti. The exhibit explores the artist’s interpretations of identity and the embodiment of abstraction.