Hirshhorn Museum Acquires Tino Sehgal’s This You, Its First-Ever Performance Work

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced today that it has acquired its first-ever performance artwork: Tino Sehgal’s This You, the artist’s only outdoor work to date. Debuting Labor Day weekend and running for six weeks, from September 1 to October 14, 2018, the piece will be realized by a group of Washington, DC–based musicians who will foster unique encounters with visitors within the institution’s plaza and sculpture garden.

“For more than a decade the Hirshhorn has demonstrated a unique commitment to the acquisition and presentation of experimental and new media works,” said director Melissa Chiu. “Tino enters the collection at a significant moment, providing fresh insight and further strengthening the museum’s dialogue around contemporary performance.”

Sehgal’s works, which he describes as “constructed situations” and which have also been dubbed “living sculptures,” are brought to life by individuals who are known as “interpreters.” In This You, a female singer will act as the interpreter. During the performance, she will select a visitor to the Hirshhorn at random and approach them. She will then serenade them with a song of her choosing that reflects the mood she perceives the museumgoer to be in.

The museum’s first presentation of This You will feature Tattiana Aqeel, Erin Frisby, Arielle Goodman, Briona Jackson, Sadie Leigh, Christiana Vandermale, Jahnel Daliya Slowikowski, and Lara Supan.