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Hirshhorn Launches “Dialogues” with a Live Twitter Q-and-A Session with Artist and Filmmaker Julian Schnabel

May 6, 2011

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum announces a new programming series for virtual visitors called “Dialogues” as part of its ongoing commitment to engage audiences beyond the walls of the museum. In March, the museum held the first live Twitter Q-and-A event with performance art pioneer Marina Abramović, and this new social media-based program continues that momentum. “Dialogues” provides a special opportunity for virtual audiences to connect with leading contemporary artists, filmmakers, photographers, scholars and critics. The program will feature monthly Twitter discussions, and each session will be archived at

“Dialogues” launches May 13 in a conversation with artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel. At 2:30 p.m. EDT, Twitter users can join in on the conversation as Schnabel answers audience questions in real time for 45 minutes. Questions can be submitted by using the hashtag #askJulian. Schnabel will be at the Hirshhorn for a pair of evening events that mark the conclusion of the museum’s spring film series and related programming for “Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964–1977,” which closes May 15.

The public may follow @Hirshhorn on Twitter to get the latest announcements for upcoming “Dialogues” announcements. The next session in early June will be broadcast live from the Venice Biennale in Italy.

Related Programs

The Hirshhorn offers a range of interactive educational experiences designed to engage people of all interest levels in contemporary art. Friday Gallery Talks are weekly lunchtime chats with artists and scholars that focus on one work or exhibition in depth. The museum’s ever-expanding library of podcasts (featured on iTunes in the top 100 Arts and Entertainment podcasts) makes gallery
walk-throughs and interviews with artists accessible internationally.

About the Hirshhorn

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian Institution’s museum of international modern and contemporary art, has nearly 12,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media installations, works on paper and new media works in its collection. The Hirshhorn presents diverse exhibitions and offers an array of public programs that explore the art of our time. Located at Independence Avenue and Seventh Street S.W., the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (except Dec. 25). Admission to the galleries and special programs is free. For more information about exhibitions and events, please visit To request accessibility services, please contact Kristy Maruca at or (202) 633-2796, preferably two weeks in advance.

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