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Gyroscope

November 3, 2005 – January 8, 2006

Museum: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

Location: Level 2

Gyroscope is a rotating exhibition that features innovative, experimental works from the museum's permanent collection. Each installation offers a different grouping of works gathered around a theme or individual artists and provides new ways of looking at its diverse holdings as well as in-depth exploration of notable artists. These installations often display rarely seen or innovative recent works as well as favorite masterpieces.

  • Sculptors and Their Drawings provides a glimpse into the creative process of artists past and present, including Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Sol Le Witt, and Anish Kapoor, and demonstrates the many ways in which sculptors use drawings: as studies for their work, as a means of liberation from the physicality of sculpture, and as a way of developing and exploring their visual vocabularies.  
  • From Ordinary to Extraordinary focuses attention on one of the hallmarks of modern and contemporary art--the use of non-traditional materials, including objects from daily life. Whether as playful responses to questions about "what is art?" or serious social commentaries, artists from the early 20th century through today have created works that surprise, delight, and disturb with their unique combinations of found treasures. Pieces by Josef Albers, Leonardo Drew, Tony Cragg, and Michelangelo Pistoletto are on view alongside Ann Hamilton's new addition to the collection, Palimpsest, an installation consisting of beeswax tablets, newsprint, map tacks, a wood shelf, an electric fan, cabbages, and live snails.