Ways of Seeing: John Baldessari Explores the Collection

July 26, 2006 – September 20, 2007

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

Lower Level Floor Plan

Recent gifts of 4 early works by American-born artist John Baldessari (b. 1931, California) provide an overview of the artist's important early period, in which he questioned the role of art and became a primary force in establishing what would later be termed "conceptual" art. In addition, to launch a new Hirshhorn initiative Ways of Seeing, Baldessari is the first artist to create an installation using works from the museum's collection. He selected a range of works -- from the height of modernism to contemporary pieces -- some of which have not been on view for decades. Works include paintings by Milton Avery, Philip Guston, and Thomas Eakins, and sculpture by Emily Kaufman.