Hirshhorn Museum Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution
Independence Ave at Seventh Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
Contact: Sidney Lawrence or Michelle Colburn
Sited on the National Mall midway between the Capital and
Washington Monument, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, a free
Smithsonian museum focusing on the art of our time, has 4.2 landscaped
acres that showcase one of the most complete open-air collections of modern
and contemporary sculpture anywhere. Major works by Auguste Rodin, Jacques
Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Alexander Calder, David Smith,
Tony Cragg, Judith Shea, Juan Munoz, and numerous others are displayed.
Earlier, modernist works of the 20th-century—mostly bronzes
with figurative references—can be seen along paths and lawns of a three-level,
partly sunken Sculpture Garden on the National Mall. Large-scale, steel
compositions from the recent past are displayed on several sites within
the Hirshhorn’s walled Plaza, where sits the museum’s open-at-the-center,
cylindrical building with three floors of gallery space for paintings
, mixed -media pieces and smaller sculptures. Cementing its reputation
as the emblematic sculpture museum, the Hirshhorn recently acquired Mark
Di Suvero’s " Are Years What? (for Marianne Moore)," 1967, a 40 foot high,
I-beam openwork construction that is considered one of the sculptor’s
seminal works on a monumental scale.
No admission fee. Open all year, seven days a week. Closed
Dec.25. Sculpture garden: 10a.m. until dusk Plaza and Building: 10a.m.
Parking on street or in pay-lots, to South of National Mall.
Noontime docent tours of garden offered in summer months;
call (202) 357-3253 ext. 114 to confirm.
General museum brochure available by mail; information also
appears on website.
Illustrated 96-page softbound book: A Garden for Art:
Outdoor Sculpture at the Hirshhorn Museum, by Valerie J. Fletcher,
curator of sculpture, is a available at the Museum shop for $15.95 ($20.95
by mail, via shop; send check or credit card information).
Educational programs include warm weather family workshops
in the Garden and other events, contact the Education Department at (202)
357-3235 ext 114
Facilities: shop, bathroom, etc. plus " Full Circle Café,"
self serve outdoor restaurant open 11a.m. to 4p.m. between Memorial Day
through Labor Day weekends.