Black Box: Kimsooja

April 28, 2008 – August 17, 2008

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Lower Level Floor Plan

The Black Box Theater showcases rotating exhibitions of contemporary artists who use film or video as their creative medium. Films or videos run continuously.

View a film by Kimsooja: A Laundry Woman, Yamuna River, Delhi (2000). In this film, the artist acts as a visual and spiritual mediator through which viewers are invited to contemplate the flow of the river -- a metaphor for life. The work evolved from the series A Needle Woman (1999-2000) in which the artist appeared as "every woman," with her back to the camera, venturing onto city streets around the world or reclining on a rock perch, lying still while clouds passed overhead. Kimsooja explores the properties of fabric through video, sculpture, and installations. Her work often conflates Eastern and Western traditions and investigates the common ground between intimate, personal realms and those of universal, global dimensions.