All Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are closed due to the federal government shutdown.
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.