Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW
3rd Level, Inner Ring Floor Plan
Renowned American artist Mark Bradford (b. Los Angeles, California, 1961) creates large-scale, site-specific paintings that will occupy the entire circumference—almost 400 feet—of the Hirshhorn’s Inner Ring Galleries, forming a monumental circular “cyclorama” that will offer an evocative, immersive experience for our visitors. Bradford, who lives and works in Los Angeles, has been recognized internationally for artworks that expand the language of abstract painting by imbuing it with both historical and personal significance.
For the paintings at the Hirshhorn, Bradford has focused his historical research on the often overlooked female voices of the Civil Rights movement, using Smithsonian archival resources to inform and inspire his work. To complement Bradford’s commitment to social and civic engagement, the Hirshhorn will offer an ambitious schedule of public programs throughout the year-long run of the exhibition, including a two-part initiative with Howard University to engage students and the local community with the museum on an ongoing basis.