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Art Gathering:
Experience Simone Leigh's Art Together

Art with Friends invites you to join us for a unique visit to the Hirshhorn Museum, where we'll immerse ourselves in Simone Leigh's sculpture. As one of the most important American artists of our time, Leigh's work resonates deeply with our community. While a small group of six from this community had the privilege of experiencing her art firsthand at the 2022 Biennale on the Venice with Friends journey, this visit to the Hirshhorn offers a wonderful opportunity for all of us to connect with her powerful sculptures. This visit is not your typical gallery tour - it's an intimate, self-guided exploration, filled with informal discussions and shared reflections on Leigh's impactful sculptures. We'll immerse ourselves in the raw power of her art, engaging in thoughtful dialogues as a group.

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About the Exhibition

Representing the United States at the 2022 Venice Biennale, Leigh now brings her critically acclaimed work to the U.S. audience. The exhibition is an all-encompassing display of her creations in ceramic, bronze, and video, narrating her artistic trajectory.

Leigh's work, grounded in Black feminist thought, emphasizes the experiences and narratives of Black women. Her art blends a diverse range of historical periods and influences from African and African diaspora traditions. The exhibition features three new bronze sculptures - "Bisi," "Herm," and "Vessel" (2023) - and the iconic "Satellite" (2022), a highlight from the Venice Biennale (pictured above).

Leigh's approach to ceramics and bronze challenges the traditional confines of these mediums, redefining their association with women's labor and domesticity. Her art, characterized by motifs like cowrie shells, braiding, rosettes, face vessels, and eyeless faces, invites viewers to ponder and reinterpret these forms.

Date: POSTPONED UNTIL Friday, January 12th

Time: 2:30 pm

Location: Hirshhorn Museum

Independence Ave SW &, 7th St SW,

Washington, DC 20560

What to Expect

  • A casual gathering in the main lobby at 2:15 pm for coffee and conversation.

  • A self-led exploration through the exhibition, encouraging group discussions and personal insights.

  • Happy Hour afterward at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana.

  • A welcoming atmosphere for all, regardless of art knowledge or experience.

Open Invitation to Enjoy Art Together
This complimentary event is open to everyone, and we encourage you to bring friends for an even richer experience. Join us as we explore the art of Simone Leigh in a setting that encourages camaraderie and thoughtful discussion!

Invite Friends and Join Art with Friends for a Shared Exploration of Simone Leigh's Sculpture!

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UPCOMING COURSE JANUARY 2024

Abstract Art & Quest for Peace

Delve into the fascinating intersection between abstract art and the profound theme of peace. We'll trace the evolution of abstraction as a powerful artistic language, spanning from the early 20th century to the present day, and explore how various artists have employed this form to articulate, explore, and promote peace.

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