Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW
Level 2 Floor Plan
Approximately 100 examples of collage and assemblage, primarily drawn from the Hirshhorn's collection, reveal the myriad ways that modern and contemporary artists have made use of the fragments and detritus in the world around them to challenge traditional art media. Butterfly wings, glass shards, doll parts, crumpled automotive metal, jigsaw puzzle pieces, clothing, straight pins, furniture, and colored sand are some of the materials used. Featured artworks include Joseph Stella's tiny photomechanical reproduction and cut paper composition, Ann Hamilton's installation palimpsest (1989), and Bruce Connor's groundbreaking film Report (1967). These works demonstrate the incredible diversity of collage and assemblage from artists around the world and how they evolved over the last century.