Black Box: Santiago Sierra and Jorge Galindo

February 14, 2014 – May 18, 2014

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.

Santiago Sierra (Spanish, b. Madrid) is noted for artworks that question the structure and impact of authority. In August 2012, he organized a motorcade of seven black Mercedes-Benz sedans topped with upended monumental portraits of King Juan Carlos I and the six prime ministers of the Spanish democracy by painter Jorge Galindo (Spanish, b. Madrid).

Los Encargados (Those in Charge), 2013, shows the procession making its way along the Gran Vía of Madrid while accompanied by a soaring soundtrack. The song, Warszawianka, used as an anthem by Polish workers in 1905, has been adopted by populist movements worldwide. Heard frequently in Spain during its Civil War (1936–39), it is also recognizable as the score for footage of the October Revolution in the opening credits of the 1997 movie The Jackal.