The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced today that it has canceled the Oct. 25 After Hours party that was to feature a performance by Zola Jesus. The museum promised that its upcoming exhibition, "Damage Control," and the accompanying symposium with artist Yoko Ono and others would still be a go.
The 10/25 After Hours has been canceled. Ticket purchasers will receive an email with refund instructions. Apologies for the inconvenience.
— hirshhorn (@hirshhorn) October 16, 2013
The most detailed explanation for the cancellation came this afternoon via the Hirshhorn's Facebook page:
"Due to the government shutdown, the October 25 After Hours has been cancelled. A full refund is available to ticket holders. If you have purchased a ticket, you will receive an email with refund instructions. Apologies for the inconvenience.
"Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950" is still scheduled to open to the public on October 24, and the free opening symposium—featuring artists Yoko Ono, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Monica Bonvicini, and Ori Gersht; art historian Dario Gamboni; film scholar Robert Rosen; anthropologist Joe Masco; and cultural historian Kevin Rozario—is still planned to proceed on October 26. We hope you will be able to join us."
In an interview last week, Nika Roza Danilova, who performs as Zola Jesus, expressed sadness that the shutdown might affect her performance at the museum. It was, after all, a striking show last year at New York's Guggenheim Museum that inspired her new, stripped-down album, "Versions."
"Oh, my gosh, don't scare me!" she told The Post when she heard that the shutdown had shuttered the museum. "I'm so excited. This particular show I'm so excited for because the space itself represents a lot of what I'm interested in, as far as architecture I'm interested in."
Here's what we might have seen: