Gravity's Edge

February 7, 2014 – June 15, 2014

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

Lower Level Floor Plan

Paintings, sculptures, and works on paper made between 1959 and 1978 signal a postwar shift in approaches to abstraction. The installation, drawn from the Hirshhorn’s collection, traces a double trajectory: the exploration of the force of gravity as a determining factor in artistic production and the increasing attention paid to the edge as a compelling aspect of the structure and perception of an artwork. Works by Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Paul Jenkins, and Sam Francis are shown alongside contemporaneous sculptures by Lynda Benglis and Anne Truitt.