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May 19, 2003 – January 4, 2004
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
7th & Independence Ave., SW
Location: All 3 levels of exhibition galleries and Sculpture Garden
With its 30th anniversary approaching in 2004, the Hirshhorn launches Gyroscope, a museum-wide celebration of its preeminent collection of modern and contemporary art. Like the tool that gives this program its name -- a device that creates balance through a spinning centrifugal force -- Gyroscope is about art's power to draw people in and stimulate an exchange between artists, their work, and audiences. Reflecting the depth and range of its collection, a rich mix of approximately 350 works from the late 19th century to the present are on view. Many of these works are featured in nearly 40 different thematic installations, including how bronzes are made, contemporary portraiture, and artworks created in black-and-white palettes. Featured artists include Max Ernst, Joseph Beuys, Alexander Calder, Agnes Martin, Frank Stella, and Rachel Whiteread.