‘Suprasensorial – Experiments in Light, Color, and Space’ opens at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

Patrizia Benetton and Donald SyrianiPatrizia Benetton and Donald Syriani

AN OPENING PARTY and exhibition preview for “Suprasensorial – Experiments in Light, Color, and Space” was held on Wednesday evening, Feb. 22 at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. The artists are Carlos Cruz-Diez (French, b. Venezuela 1923), Julio Le Parc (French, b. Argentina 1928), Lucio Fontana (Italian, b. Argentina 1899-1968), Jes?s Rafael Soto (French, b. Venezuela 1923-2005), and H?io Oiticica (Brazilian, 1937-1980). Mr. Cruz-Diez and Mr. Le Parc joined the Wednesday evening festivities.

Evi Salpea and Heiko HesseEvi Salpea and Heiko Hesse

THE ARTISTS developed successful careers in painting and sculpture while also pioneering new genres. Suprasensorial presents large-scale installations by the artists, who abandoned traditional art in favor of ephemeral and subjective forms based on light, color, motion and space. In the United States audiences have been more familiar with light works by such American artists as Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin, James Turrell and Doug Wheeler, and these Latin American have received little attention in the United States. However, Suprasensorial demonstrates how Latin American artists independently and contemporaneously used comparable methods and effects.

Abigail Brooks, Allen Lewin, Jessica Benton Cooney and Olga KalashnikovaAbigail Brooks, Allen Lewin, Jessica Benton Cooney and Olga Kalashnikova

SUPRASENSORIAL: A Panel Discussion will take place on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Ring Auditorium. The exhibition runs through May 13, 2012. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is located on Independence Avenue and Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. For more information: www.hirshhorn.si.edu.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

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