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  • “The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image”

    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
    Independence Avenue at Seventh Street, SW
    February 14 - May 11

    Curated by Kerry Brougher, Anne Ellegood, Kelly Gordon, and Kristen Hileman

    In the age of digital convergence, film is increasingly becoming a touchstone for new media and video art—no longer as antipode to these media (themselves divergent), but as constructed archetype for all moving images. Whereas earlier surveys have posited film as metaphor or have emphasized sampling and mimicry, the Hirshhorn’s two-part endeavor focuses on cinema’s cognitive effects. The first installment (Feb. 14–May 11) explores the ways time-based media transport us to dreamlike states; the second (June 19–Sept. 7), their ability to construct new realities. Forty works made between 1963 and 2006 will be contributed by nearly as many artists. The roster suggests we can expect everything from the sumptuous qualities of celluloid (Tacita Dean) to interpellation into the cinematic apparatus (Anthony McCall) to surreal projected video (Paul Chan).