From pieces that offer overt displays of disasters either on a cataclysmic or everyday scale, artists since the 1950s have used shock, humor, irony, and directness to confront and respond to the issues of our time. Organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, this Terra Foundation-supported exhibition explores the motif of destruction in art and includes a diverse range of over 40 international artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, film, installation, and performance.
Damage Control focuses on the ways in which key artists—from the iconic to the emerging—have confronted significant and often disturbing social and political issues through the lens of destruction. Weaving through the exhibition and inherent in the works in the show—by artists like Andy Warhol, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Ed Ruscha—are such notions as destruction as spectacle and catharsis, as a form of rebellion and protest, and as a means of challenging institutions and the status quo.
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