Launch Slideshow

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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    The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, seen from the National Mall

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    South façade

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    The southeast face of the Hirshhorn Museum, seen from inside the walls of the sculpture garden

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    The Hirshhorn Museum's north façade, with a balcony that faces the National Mall

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    Under the drum of the museum, with a view to the central courtyard

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    The cylindrical museum's central fountain plaza at night

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    View out to the sculpture garden

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    View of the fountain plaza from above

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    Gallery space lining the central void

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    This gallery space opens onto the building's balcony and features panoramic views of the Mall.

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    Painting storage inside the museum

With all eyes on Doug Aitken’s “SONG 1” video installation, which closes this weekend after an extended run, it is a good moment to consider the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on the National Mall as architect Gordon Bunshaft intended, and through the lens of photographer Ezra Stoller, who captured the images in this slide show shortly after the institution's opening in 1974. Aitken’s installation reimagines the round form of the Hirshhorn as an inverted 360-degree Cinerama screen; projectors cast video onto the building’s exterior, while a soundtrack of several variations on The Flamingos’ hit “I Only Have Eyes For You” repeats on loop. Stoller’s images show the Hirshhorn speaking for itself, and with a working central fountain.