Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Last Conversation Piece

The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is one of the modern art Smithsonian art galleries. The other day I was passing by the museum and one of its outdoor sculptures caught my attention. An installation piece by Spanish artist Juan Munoz, the Last Conversation Piece in the Hirshorn sculpture garden consists of 5 human-like figures with rounded bases, resembling punching bags, scattered across the lawn. Only four of the sculpted people appear in this photograph. The fifth person is located out of frame to the left of the cluster of three. Munoz's sculpture reminds me of life in high school, when gossip was delivered in groups while the object of their talk, like the person on the right, were left outside and isolated. Oh, how I wish these tactics were just isolated to high school. Unfortunately for some, old habits can die hard.

1 comment:

  1. that's so funny that you posted a photo of this sculpture today! seriously, i was thinking about this sculpture this morning when i was walking to the metro, and how it would be a good one to get with your "flat stanley"--i was going to mention it next time i saw you!