Two Artists Explore the Ruins of the 20th Century at the Hirshhorn

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WASHINGTON, DC.- The Hirshhorn presents a new two-person “Directions” exhibition featuring the work of Cyprien Gaillard (French, b. Paris, 1980) and Mario Garcia Torres (Mexican, b. Monclova, 1975), on view Nov. 10–March 27, 2011. These artists represent a new generation of conceptualists who examine the architectural and artistic “ruins” of the recent past. They use similar materials and forms to create works that investigate the successes and failures of modern history’s idealistic movements. Kristen Hileman, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Baltimore Museum of Art, is the guest curator for the project. Gaillard engages with the built environment, revealing the failure of modernist architecture yet preserving a sense of nostalgia for the utopian thinking often associated with it. “Geographical Analogies” (2006–09) is a selection from Gaillard’s archive of approximately 900