Hirshhorn Lecture Series

Diana Al-Hadid

On May 12, at 12pm,  artist Diana Al-Hadid joined Charlotte Burns to discuss her work for the US Embassy Pristina in addition to her experimental practice as part of the Art in Embassies and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden lecture series.

Artist Diana Al-Hadid has described her practice as “getting a material to misbehave.” Her sculptures and wall panels draw influence from her Middle Eastern heritage and her interests in experimenting with materials, ultimately melding cultures, art histories, physics, and architecture. Often beginning with a careful study of her materials, Al-Hadid tests the limits of medium and form in order to create works that seek the improbable, questioning narratives as well as physics. Many of her installations incorporate elements of architectural structures, stretching across galleries and public spaces in unique, often gravity-defying, ways.