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Directions: Terence Gower, Public Spirit: The Hirshhorn Project

November 5, 2008 – March 22, 2009

Museum: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

Location: Level 3

As part of the Directions series, on view is Terence Gower's Public Spirit: The Hirshhorn Project, which grew out of a planned utopian town that Hirshhorn enlisted architect Philip Johnson to design but was never realized. The exhibition includes a digitally animated video projection, which takes visitors on a tour of the proposed town and the surrounding landscape. The project also contains a large-scale sculptural model of two buildings in the planned town and a series of posters incorporating imagery and text related to the history of the Hirshhorn Museum, its collection, and its founding collector. Using his previous explorations of modernism in the context of architecture, Public Spirit explores the optimism of the Modernist utopia, the ideological complexity of public and private space, and the relationship between industry and philanthropy.