Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW
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.
August 9, 2010-November 28, 2010
Since 1993, Superflex, the Copenhagen and Rio-based art collective -- members include Jakob Fenger (b. 1968, Roskilde, Denmark), Rasmus Nielsen (b. 1969, Hjoerring, Denmark), and Bjornstjerne Reuter Christiansen (b. 1969, Copenhagen, Denmark) -- has used social intervention to call attention to such issues as democratization, environmentalism, and consumerism.
Flooded McDonald's (2009, 21 min): In this film, Superflex artists meticulously reconstructed a true-to-scale replica of an actual restaurant that slowly fills with water. The film is not a commentary about the multinational company as much as it is the incorporation of a ubiquitous setting that signifies different things to different people. The artists borrow cinematic vocabulary used in documentaries, ads, and disaster films to propose a suspenseful, ambiguous drama. For whatever reason, patrons and staff have all left the restaurant's premises, leaving viewers alone to watch, think, and speculate.