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Picasso's inscription to Joe [Hirshhorn], signature, date, and doodle of a face

Picasso: Forty Years of his Art

By Museum of Modern Art . New York: Museum of Modern Art , 1939.
Adoption Amount: $4,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Joseph H. Hirshhorn, founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, was an avid collector and supporter of Pablo Picasso. The two became friends after being introduced by photographer Edward Steichen. The Hirshhorn Library’s copy of the exhibition catalog Picasso: Forty Years of his Art has an inscription by Picasso: "Pour Joe [Hirshhorn], Picasso, 25-7-69," which is accompanied by an original Picasso doodle of a face. Hirshhorn’s personal bookplate can be found inside the front cover. An acquisition note is handwritten in pencil on the... Read More
S.M.S. no. 2 open portfolio showing Marcel Duchamp's playable record

S.M.S., No. 2

New York: Letter Edged in Black Press, 1968.
Adoption Amount: $700   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

The S.M.S. portfolios were a collaboration between late Surrealist artists William Copley (friends with and gallerist to Dada artists Man Ray, Duchamp, Max Ernst, etc.) and Dmitri Petrov, which they published through their Letter Edged in Black Press. The project involved some of the most important artists of the twentieth century, and exemplified the community ethos of the 1960s. Both the Dada movement, and the Fluxus movement that followed it, did not agree with the authority of museums to determine the value of art, nor did they believe that one must be educated to view and... Read More
S.M.S. no. 3, open portfolio

S.M.S., no. 3

New York: Letter Edged in Black Press, 1968.
Adoption Amount: $750   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

The S.M.S. portfolios were a collaboration between late Surrealist artists William Copley (friends with and gallerist to Dada artists Man Ray, Duchamp, Max Ernst, etc.) and Dmitri Petrov, which they published through their Letter Edged in Black Press. The project involved some of the most important artists of the twentieth century, and exemplified the community ethos of the 1960s. Both the Dada movement, and the Fluxus movement that followed it, did not agree with the authority of museums to determine the value of art, nor did they believe that one must be educated to view and... Read More
S.M.S., no. 5, open portfolio with checklist

S.M.S., no. 5

New York: Letter Edged in Black Press, 1968.
Adoption Amount: $750   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

The S.M.S. portfolios were a collaboration between late Surrealist artists William Copley (friends with and gallerist to Dada artists Man Ray, Duchamp, Max Ernst, etc.) and Dmitri Petrov, which they published through their Letter Edged in Black Press. The project involved some of the most important artists of the twentieth century, and exemplified the community ethos of the 1960s. Both the Dada movement, and the Fluxus movement that followed it, did not agree with the authority of museums to determine the value of art, nor did they believe that one must be educated to view and... Read More
S.M.S., no. 6, open portfolio with object laid out

S.M.S., No. 6

New York: Letter Edged in Black Press, 1968.
Adoption Amount: $750   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

The S.M.S. portfolios were a collaboration between late Surrealist artists William Copley (friends with and gallerist to Dada artists Man Ray, Duchamp, Max Ernst, etc.) and Dmitri Petrov, which they published through their Letter Edged in Black Press. The project involved some of the most important artists of the twentieth century, and exemplified the community ethos of the 1960s. Both the Dada movement, and the Fluxus movement that followed it, did not agree with the authority of museums to determine the value of art, nor did they believe that one must be educated to view and... Read More
Tate Gallery, Seven Exhibitions, 1972, catalog

Seven Exhibitions

By Tate Gallery. London: The Gallery, 1972.
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

The Tate’s Seven Exhibitions (February 24 – March 23, 1972) was a seminal event which marked the arrival of conceptual art in Britain. The seven overlapping exhibitions were organized by Michael Compton, and included works by Keith Arnatt, Michael Craig-Martin, Hamish Fulton, Bob Law, Bruce McLean, David Tremlett, and Joseph Beuys. The exhibition included photographs, films, tape recordings, and a public lecture by Beuys on direct democracy, which also marked the first time the Tate displayed mixed media. Sticking to the experimental theme and working on a tight publication deadline, the... Read More
Doug Aitken, Sleepwalkers: Fragments, Markings, and Images From the Making of Sleepwalkers, full box contents

Sleepwalkers

By Doug Aitken. New York. N.Y: Princeton Architectural Press, c2011.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Los Angeles-based video artist Doug Aitken is known for his multi-screen environments projected onto iconic buildings, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum in 2012. In the spring of 2007, Aitken premiered the video projection Sleepwalkers on seven facades of the Museum of Modern Art in midtown Manhattan. Four years later, Aitken partnered with Princeton Architectural Press and DFA Records to create a multimedia artist’s box based on Sleepwalkers. The box is packed with goodies that encourage audiences to create their own tactile, multisensory experiences from materials... Read More
Teresita Fernández: Wayfinding, cover

Teresita Fernández: Wayfinding

By Denise Markonish (ed.). New York: DelMonico Books, 2017.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

This stunning book is the first comprehensive publication on the internationally renowned Cuban American artist Teresita Fernández. The idea of wayfinding—moving from place to place or even getting lost—is critical to understanding this artist’s body of work, which revolves around themes of landscape, the night sky, and other environments. "We have a tendency to think of landscape as something outside ourselves, and that’s a notion that I want to invert," Fernández states. Rich full-page, full-color illustrations show Fernández’s unusual use of natural materials such as graphite,... Read More
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Western Art and the New Era

By Katherine Sophie Dreier. New York: Brentano's, 1923.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Katherine Dreier was a Progressive Era reformer, painter, writer, and collector, who focused her formidable zeal upon promoting international modern art in America. In 1920, with the aid of Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray, Dreier formed the Société Anonyme, Inc.: Museum of Modern Art: 1920, the country’s first museum of experimental contemporary art. Soon after, Dreier published the survey Western Art and the New Era: An Introduction to Modern Art, dedicated to “Dee,” her affectionate nickname for Duchamp, President of the Société. Despite bringing an evangelical fever to value of... Read More
Wind & the Willows, Lawrence Weiner, cover

Wind & the Willows: Iron & Gold in the Air, Dust & Smoke on the Ground

By Lawrence Weiner. Brussels: Gevaert, 1996.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Lawrence Weiner is a conceptual artist who has used language as his primary medium since 1968, when he concluded that viewers could experience the same effect from reading a verbal description of his work as they could from viewing the work itself. Since that point, he has been best-known for his word sculptures—short poems and witticisms applied to walls in plain lettering, always translated into the language of the country in which they are shown. In 1995, the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp commissioned Weiner to create a work for its permanent collection. Wind & de Wilgen; Wind... Read More

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