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'Feel the Sun in Your Mouth: Recent Acquisitions'
From: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Feel the Sun in Your Mouth: Recent Acquisitions, brings together artworks acquired by the museum over the past five years. Highlighting works that encapsulate the current moment, the exhibition is an opportunity to acknowledge deep trends in the cultural landscape and identify art that is opening new avenues of exploration. On view Aug. 24, 2019, to Feb. 2020, the exhibition will fill the museums lower-level galleries with more than 25 works in a variety of media by artists from a dozen countries, weaving together global perspectives on critical contemporary issues.
Featuring recently created works alongside seminal avant-garde works from the 1960s and 70s, Feel the Sun in Your Mouth illustrates a continuity of concerns from those years to the present day, illuminating an interest in the poetic, the intuitive and the cosmic in current artistic practice. Organized by Assistant Curator Betsy Johnson, the exhibition focuses on art that inspires felt sensation and demonstrates renewed attention to sublime encounters with the world. By harnessing metaphor and suggestion to create space for meanings that exist outside language, the works on view attest to the continuing possibility of mystery in a world that sometimes appears to have little left of the unknown.
Over the past five years, the Hirshhorn has focused on building its world-renowned collection of modern and contemporary art to reflect global conversations that inform 21st-century culture, said Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu. Featuring a group of artists working at the forefront of contemporary art, Feel the Sun in Your Mouth serves as a capsule of the spirit of our era, and we are thrilled to share these artworks with Hirshhorn audiences for the first time.