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Our mission is to maintain a vibrant gallery scene, despite restrictions on travel, celebrations and other larger gatherings. We want to support our artists by informing and entertaining curators, collectors and critics with potent online exhibitions of their work.

On the first Thursday of every month, we will launch 8 shows of artists relevant to the Bay Area. They may be working in this place, long considered an epicenter of change, or deeply engaged in the conversations the Bay Area holds dear, whether it’s related to technology, the environment, social justice or sexual identity, to name a few.

Founding Committee

Claudia Altman-Siegel, Kelly Huang, Sophia Kinell, Micki Meng, Daphne Palmer, Chris Perez, Sarah Wendell Sherrill, Jessica Silverman, and Elizabeth Sullivan

Ambassador Committee

Sayre Batton & Maja Thomas, Joachim & Nancy Bechtle, Matt Bernstein, Sabrina Buell, Wayee Chu & Ethan Beard, Natasha Boas, Douglas Durkin, Carla Emil, Matt & Jessica Farron, Lauren Ford, Ali Gass, Stanlee Gatti, Brook Hartzell & Tad Freese, Pamela & David Hornik, Katie & Matt Paige, Putter Pence, Becca Prowda & Daniel Lurie, Deborah Rappaport, Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg, Laura Sweeney, The Battery, Robin Wright, Sonya Yu & Zack Lara

Sponsors

Lobus, Phillips, The Space Program

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Hirshhorn Museum (via Haines Gallery) – Artist Talk with Kota Ezawa: On Art and Animation

December 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm PST - 8:00 pm PST

 


German-Japanese American artist Kota Ezawa looks to the news, popular culture, art history, and cinema to source material for his work, which explores how recording technologies mediate our understanding of current events and images. Beginning with his 2002 video The Simpson Verdict, in which the artist used digital drawing software to animate footage of the O.J. Simpson trial, Ezawa has received critical acclaim for his videos, lightboxes, and works on paper that distill found imagery into his characteristic pared-down style. Ezawa joins Hirshhorn associate curator Marina Isgro to discuss his process of translating iconic media moments into opportunities for reconsideration and reflection.

Other notable works by Ezawa include History of Photography Remix (2004–06), a 35mm slide projection in the Hirshhorn collection in which the artist recreates forty photographs that have entered our collective consciousness. His recent series National Anthem, an animated video with related lightboxes and watercolors that premiered at the 2019 Whitney Biennial, draws from broadcast footage of NFL athletes taking a knee to protest police violence and the oppression of people of color. By approaching these camera-recorded images through a fresh lens, Ezawa challenges the viewer to recognize their symbolic power.

Three of Ezawa’s videos will be featured in the Hirshhorn’s online Black Box exhibition, In the Beginning: Media Art and History from the Hirshhorn’s Collection, in a section exploring how artists use animation to recreate or reimagine past events. Paint Unpaint (2014), in the museum’s collection, is an animation based on a scene from the famous 1951 Hans Namuth film Jackson Pollock 51, in which Pollock was filmed through a pane of glass onto which he was dripping paint. By rendering the seemingly spontaneous gesture of Pollock’s drip painting in a true-to-the-original animated copy, Ezawa raises questions around the nature of film as documentation and the aspect of chance in gesture painting. The video will be complemented by two additional works, The Simpson Verdict and The Unbearable Lightness of Being—the latter of which addresses the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy—on loan from Haines Gallery, San Francisco. The videos will be on view from December 1–31.

Paint Unpaint entered the Hirshhorn Collection in 2017 as a gift from Elizabeth Miller and Dan Sallick.

This virtual event is part of Talking to Our Time, the Hirshhorn’s online series of free artist talks featuring a diverse group of artists and collectives. View all events!

This event is also part of #HirshhornInsideOut, the Museum’s initiative to bring art into your home.

 

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Date:
December 16, 2020
Time:
7:00 pm PST - 8:00 pm PST