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In the museum’s 44-year history, Does the body rule the mind, or does the mind rule the body? is the Hirshhorn’s first exhibition centered around live performance art. The exhibition, designed specifically for the museum’s circular galleries, mixes performance art with popular culture through contemporary dance and music, showcasing the recent creations of five leading American artists in a series of documentaries and recorded works. The themes of the projects are as varied as they are delightfully bizarre. In her work “I’m gonna need another one,” Jen Rosenblit inhabits distinct characters, such as a wheat farmer and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, using costumes, props, and other theatrics. In “Cursor,” Will Rawls explores the idea of the computer cursor as a kind of body—in his words, a “protagonist and expectant messenger”—through a mix of dance and other art forms. The best part of the exhibition: Visitors are invited to connect to the artists and one another, challenging their notions of the way we construct our identities and finding ways to, as the museum says, “dance better together.” Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Aug. 12 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW. Free. (202) 633-1000. hirshhorn.si.edu. (Rose Shafer)
OH AND ALSO
Canadian indie rock group Frog Eyes performs at DC9 as part of a farewell tour in support of their presumed final album, Violet Psalms. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
Moral philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum discusses her book The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis, an analysis of the Trump era, at Politics and Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Austin-based experimental pop band The Octopus Project performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $13–$15.
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