The Hirshhorn Museum
Location: Washington, D.C.
2013 Exhibitions: Ai WeiWei: According to What? (October 7 - February 24), Ai WeiWei: Circle of Animals (April 19 - February 24)
The Hirshhorn Museum was funded in the 1960s and built with the art collection of Joseph Hirshhorn. Designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft, the museum, which opened in 1974, stands on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Prior to its construction, the Smithsonian informed Bunshaft that the building would have to be visually appealing in order to house modern art; thus its design is a large cylinder supported by four legs, often compared to a spaceship. The museum's exhibits focus primarily on post-World War II art, with an emphasis on the last 50 years. The Hirshhorn also includes a sculpture garden, which together are part of the Smithsonian Institution.