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(At Home) On Art and the American Psyche: Artist Talk with Sterling Ruby
American artist Sterling Ruby joins Hirshhorn chief curator Stéphane Aquin for a dive into his multifaceted art practice and his monumental sculpture DOUBLE CANDLE.

American artist Sterling Ruby is recognized as one of today’s most prolific and inventive artists. He works across an enormous range of media including textiles, painting, drawing, collage, photography, video, ceramics, and sculpture. His art is often inspired by the physical and conceptual landscape of Los Angeles, where he currently lives and works, and he finds meaning in pushing the boundaries between artistic media and seemingly disparate ideas. Through this, his artwork often alludes to the power structures and systemic inequalities found in US culture.

Dec 2, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sterling Ruby
With a practice spanning various media, including textiles, painting, photography, video, ceramics, fashion design and sculpture, American artist Ruby (b. 1972) is recognized as one of the most prolific, energetic and inventive artists working today. Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Ruby has established himself as one of a core group of Los Angeles thinkers and makers who follow in the antiestablishment West Coast lineage established by artists such as Mike Kelley, Chris Burden, Peter Voulkos and Ken Price.
Stéphane Aquin
Chief Curator @Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Stéphane Aquin has been chief curator of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden since February 2015. Recent Hirshhorn exhibitions curated by Aquin include Manifesto: Art x Agency (2019); Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse (2018), the Museum’s largest interactive technology exhibition to date; Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge (2017), co-curated with Evelyn Hankins; Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects (2017); and Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection (2016). Aquin also notably partnered with the Barbican Centre, London for the multi-media exhibition Ragnar Kjartansson (2016).