Glad tidings to share this morning: the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., has extended its Charline von Heyl survey, which had been scheduled to close this past Sunday, through April 21. Because of the U.S. government shutdown, the exhibition, “Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes,” had been off view for 27 days.
The shutdown, which began on December 22, resulted in some 800,000 federal workers being furloughed or working without pay. It was ended last Friday, when President Trump agreed to sign measures that restored funding for government agencies, and the Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art reopened on Tuesday. An unknown number of contractors may not receive compensation for the work that they missed as a result of the political fracas.
If a deal on border security is not reached, President Trump has threatened another shutdown in mid-February, when those funding bills run out. While such a move is not looking politically advisable at the moment, it would still probably be wise for von Heyl heads to get themselves to D.C. within the next few weeks.
Other artists with shows affected by the shutdown have not been as lucky as von Heyl. A Rachel Whiteread retrospective at the National Gallery of Art, for instance, closed during the shutdown and was packed up, so that it could be shipped to its next venue, the St. Louis Art Museum. ARTnews has reached out to reps for the Smithsonian and NGA about other possible extensions; this post will be updated with their responses.