Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Pavilion, Street Level Floor Plan
As part of the Perspectives series of contemporary Asian art, the single-channel video Beirut by multimedia artist Hale Tenger (b. 1960, Turkey) is on view. Tenger creates videos and installations that examine the tangible and intangible traces of events. From 2005-2007, he filmed the facade of the St. George Hotel in Beirut -- the site of the assassination of Rafik Hariri, former prime minister of Lebanon -- while it was being renovated. Gently flapping curtains, shifting light, and Seder Atesar's simple musical composition evoke a historical moment with profound repercussions that still haunt this physical space.