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Hirshhorn previews its new exhibit with a late-night cocktail party

There's no better time than summer for a little garden party, and this Friday, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is throwing a free indoor-outdoor soiree to preview its new summer exhibition.

SLUG: ST/ARTSBEAT4 INPUTDATE: 2007-10-03 17:15:00.803 CREDIT: Matthew Worden/FROM_PHOTOPOST/Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden LOCATION: Washington, DC, USA CAPTION: The May 18, 2007 After Hours event at the plaza of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Sent by: Rachel Beckman Photo Editor: The scene at one of the Hirshhorn's After Hours events. (Photo by Matthew Worden)

Guests can take an early look at "Peter Coffin: Here & There" from 7 to 10 p.m. when the museum opens its galleries and courtyard. "Here & There," which amasses the all-over-the-map installations and sculptures of the quirky New York conceptual artist Coffin, officially opens Saturday. (Also on display is the well-reviewed "Jennie C. Jones: Directions" exhibit that opened last month.)

True to its name, "Here & There" is installed in several locations across the museum and courtyard. The museum will have cash bars outside.

The museum also announced that the next Hirshhorn After Hours event will be Oct. 25, in connection with the opening of  “Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950.”

Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.
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