Winter got you feeling down? Trade your metaphorical blues for a more literal version with “ColorForms,” the Hirshhorn Museum’s exhibit featuring post-war interpretations of color. Although some would argue it’s actually hueless, the color black is used to great effect in some works, like Richard Serra’s “Morro Bay.” The framed dark square has a depth to it, emitting the sense that it’s a black hole one could almost climb into, à la Alice in Wonderland. James Turrell’s light installation “Milk Run” can actually evoke fear—walking into the faintly lit display is like being the clueless victim stumbling into the climax scene of a horror movie. After a minute or two, however, your eyes adjust and actually embrace the dark, and any initial sinister undercurrents fade—the red orange light against the white wall resembles a rising sun.
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW 10 A.M. TO 5:30 P.M. DAILY TO SUMMER 2011 (CLOSED DEC. 25) AT THE HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, INDEPENDENCE AVE. AND 7TH ST. SW. FREE. (202) 633-1000.