As part of a collaborative project between the Hirshhorn Museum, the Southwest Business Improvement District (BID), and artists based in Washington, D.C., several funky, graphic posters will be wheatpasted around the city’s Southwest quadrant during the first week of April. The works have been created by No Kings Collective, NoMüNoMü, and SUPERWAXX, each poster an homage to the underground art practices of the 1980s.
According to a press release, this project, known as “Brand New SW,” is part of the Hirshhorn Museum’s “Hirshhorn in the City” initiative. The last project completed by this initiative was in September 2017 when Yoko Ono created a new mural at Union Market.
“It’s thrilling to see the ideas and aesthetics of the exhibition ‘Brand New’ resonate decades later in the vision and practice of these exceptional DC artists,” said Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu in a statement. “More and more, contemporary art is a vital part of the everyday life of Washington, a creative force that is driving city-wide conversations about the importance of culture in the 21st century.”
As part of “Brand New SW,” there will be a 1980s-inspired launch party on Thursday, April 19. This party will include music, free limited-edition swag, DIY art-making, one-night-only installations, and interactive pop-ups. Tickets cost $19.89 for general admission and $15.89 for Hirshhorn members.