Who needs a birthday cake, when you can celebrate with one big doughnut? To mark the anniversary of the opening of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in 1974, Hirshhorn Librarian Jacqueline Protka will screen three films from the early days of the Museum on October 22nd at 12 pm EDT. Following the film, Protka will interview Hirshhorn Librarian Emeritus Anna Brooke about establishing the Hirshhorn Library.
The first film clip features a few faces that might be familiar to you. In the silent film, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Chief Justice Earl Warren, Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, and founding donor Joseph Hirshhorn symbolically take shovels to the ground at the Hirshhorn’s groundbreaking ceremony in 1969. Fast forward more than four years, and we see Hirshhorn once again. In our next film, the collector makes remarks at the opening ceremony of the Museum in 1974. Finally, audiences can catch a glimpse of the Museum in its opening year as Joseph and Olga Hirshhorn make a visit to the completed museum.
About the Smithsonian 175th Film Fest: Films from the Smithsonian Institution Archives
To celebrate the Smithsonian Institution’s 175th anniversary in 2021, the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives will host monthly programs featuring films from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. The series will be hosted virtually between August 2021 and August 2022.
In addition to the film screenings, archivists, conservators, and subject experts will also provide some context to the videos, share a little about their work, and answer questions from the audience during the one-hour programs. These screenings will also be the first instance that the films have ever been made available online to the public.