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Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Doug Aitken’s ‘Song 1’ will remain on Hirshhorn an additional week

Besides the release of Toni Morrison’s new novel “Home,” the best cultural news of the week so far has been the extension of Doug Aitken’s “Song 1 ” on the face of the Hirshhorn Museum.

We expect work from Nobel Laureate Morrison to be thought-provoking and rich and the critics have said she hits all her high marks in themes and wordsmithing.

We weren’t quite sure about Aitken’s 360 degree projections on the bland exterior of the museum. The word on his other projects was enthusiastic, even spectacular. But Washington is always a tough audience.
Doug Aitken’s “SONG 1” multimedia spectacle is being projected onto the Hirshhorn. (Matt McClain - For The Washington Post)

But we are in love with “Song 1” and are grateful it is staying around until May 20, a week longer than originally planned.

Standing on the National Mall with the lights shining on the monuments and museums can make you forget daily problems. Aitken’s work adds the magic of graceful singers and a great song. The projection is a number of people singing “I Only Have Eyes for You.” On one Friday night onlookers stood in vantage spots and appeared mesmerized by this unusual concert. Groups and couples found a welcome diversion from the day’s work. The art became a destination.

Friday night the projection will be silent, as a number of bands pay tribute to Aitken’s work, the Going Out Guide staff reported.

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