video diaries: hirshhorn museum records artists living in quarantine

video diaries: hirshhorn museum records artists living in quarantine

as museums adapt to temporary closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cultural institutes are turning more and more to digitalization and the virtual worlds. exhibitions, performances and galleries are being streamlined or replicated online to entertain and educate people in the world of lockdown. as such, hirshhorn museum and sculpture garden in washington DC launches the ‘artists in quarantine’ exhibition, which reveals video diaries of how international artists’ are surviving – and working – in isolation. the minute-long snippets are to be published on youtube as well as social media in the weeks ahead.


see the life of the artists through the five video dairy entries below.



with five videos to date, the hirshhorn museum’s ‘artists in quarantine’ series features contributions from theaster gates, ragnar kjartansson, shirin neshat, tony oursler and christine sun kim. so far, the entries cover broad topics from reflection upon previous creations to how they are adapting to a new way of working as well as new structures to their daily life. melissa chiu, museum director, has reached out to more than 100 artists, with future submissions including hanh willis thomas, marilyn minter and mariko mori.



‘artist in quarantine’ aims to capture an accurate, emotional chronicle of the pandemic, through the eyes of creators from around the world. the museum understands this twofold:  as their responsibility to entertain, educate and inform the public through relevant topics in the field of art; and help their creators and collaborators record and capture this historical moment.



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