Long-time readers of this blog will know that I have issues with the Hirshhorn, the Smithsonian's museum dedicated to modern art. From its ugly design (I call it the concrete doughnut) to its permanent collection of what my niece calls "silly art," my love-hate relationship with the Hirshhorn is light on the love and heavy on the hate.
An exception to my eye-rolling is the Hirshhorn's two series of videos. They have one called Directions and one called Black Box. I don't know the difference between them or how videos are chosen for one series or another, but I'm rarely disappointed with what I see. The videos are weird, no question, but they are also intriguing or funny or thought-provoking in some way.
Recently, I've been to the Hirshhorn to see three things; two videos and one exhibit. You can guess my thoughts on these, but I'm setting them down online anyway.
The example you see above is by Lynda Benglis, and it's called "Corner Piece." I would have called it "Spilled Paint," but that's just me. There are some nice colors in some of this show's offerings, but I can't say they're really worth a trip to the Hirshhorn.
Verdict: You can safely skip this; there's nothing here that I'd run back to see.
Verdict: It's bizarre, but it's fun. Come for the music, stay for the inflatable Stonehenge - why don't I have one of those in my back yard...
Verdict: Okay, it's odd, but it's clearly making a point. I think if I knew more about recent Spanish political history, I would have gotten more out of it. Still, it's worth a look.