"ColorForms" presents works from the Hirshhorn's collection, dating from the 1960s to the present, that explore the ways in which color has been an essential tool for artists, regardless of medium. Although dramatically different in aesthetics and composition, all of the works in the exhibition reveal a mesmerizing blend of color and abstract form. Highlights range from an architectural light installation by James Turrell to a Fred Sandback sculpture that reshapes the gallery space with a dozen columns of store-bought red and black yarn. A recent rotation of works includes Olafur Eliasson's "Round Rainbow" (2005), a gallery of early-'60s dot paintings by Larry Poons, and Richard Serra's works on paper "Morro Bay" (1991) and “Balance” (1972).
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Freer & Whistler: Points of Contact

Permanent exhibition

The juxtaposition of Asian and American art at the Freer Gallery is due largely to the influence of the expatriate American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), who played an important role in...

The Arts of China

Permanent exhibition

The Arts of China features a variety of objects from the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery’s permanent collection. Much of the exhibition is dedicated to a comprehensive group of ancient Chinese jades and...

NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration

Permanent exhibition

For almost half a century, artists participating in the NASA art program have been documenting the extraordinary adventure of spaceflight in ways that no camera could match. They have enjoyed...

Milestones of Flight

Permanent exhibition

The Museum's grand entry hall, Milestones of Flight showcases a truly awesome collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft that represent epic achievements in aviation and space flight. The place...

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