Mark Bradford on Pickett’s Charge in Hirshhorn’s New Gallery Guide

This Saturday (June 30), the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. is launching Hirshhorn Eye (Hi for short), a mobile in-gallery art guide designed to connect museum goers to artists. Using machine learning and only your internet browser (no app download required), Hi recognizes artworks throughout the museum and unlocks original videos with insights from the artists in their homes and studios.

CalArts alumnus Mark Bradford (Art BFA 95, MFA 97) is one of the artists featured on Hi. Pickett's Charge, his largest work ever and his first exhibition since the Venice Biennale, encircles the entire Third Level gallery of the Museum. Over 400 feet long, Bradford's series of 8 abstract paintings are inspired by Paul Philippoteaux's 19th century cyclorama, which depicts Pickett's Charge–the final charge of the Battle of Gettysburg. The exhibition was unveiled at the Hirshhorn in November 2017, and remains on view through November 18, 2018.

Check out an exclusive video with Bradford from the Hirshhorn Eye (Hi) below:

Hirshhorn's newest visitor resource can be accessed by going to hi.si.edu, on Chrome if you're using Android, and on Safari if you're on an iPhone.

On top of Bradford's success with Pickett's Charge, the artist made headlines in March after his painting Helter Skelter 1 (2007) was sold by Phillips in London to Eli Broad for a record-breaking £8.7 million ($12 million). Luckily, the artwork is being added to The Broad Museum's collection in Los Angeles.

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