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Hirshhorn Museum Partners With MTV Entertainment Studios

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has confirmed the launch dates of The Exhibit: Finding the Next Great Artist, a docuseries about art making produced in partnership with MTV Entertainment Studios and PB&J TV + Docs.

The non-fiction program introduces seven rising American artists selected in consultation with Hirshhorn curators following a national search. Over the course of the series, the diverse group: Jamaal Barber (Atlanta), Frank Buffalo Hyde (Northfield, Minnesota), Misha Kahn (Brooklyn, New York), Clare Kambhu (Queens, New York), Baseera Khan (Brooklyn, New York), Jillian Mayer (Miami) and Jennifer Warren (Chicago) create “commissions” inspired by social themes reflected in works in the collection by modern and contemporary artists, including Laurie Anderson, Mark Bradford, the Guerilla Girls, Barbara Kruger, Yayoi Kusama, Kent Monkman, Nam June Paik, Horace Pippin and Alma Thomas.

“The Exhibit: Finding the Next Great Artist exemplifies the Hirshhorn’s radical accessibility to modern and contemporary art,” said Melissa Chiu, museum director. “The Hirshhorn is free to all, yet many people cannot travel to Washington, D.C. This series will introduce audiences, wherever they are, to art making, spotlighting the importance of artists in society and energizing the Hirshhorn’s art-for-all mission.”

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is the national museum of modern and contemporary art and a leading voice for 21st-century art and culture. Part of the Smithsonian, the Hirshhorn is located prominently on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Its holdings encompass one of the most important collections of postwar programs on the art of our time—free to all. The museum and its outdoor sculpture garden are open daily (except Dec. 25), 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. For more information, visit