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    First and Second Floors

Second Floor

The second floor is used primarily for short-term special exhibitions. They're worth a visit. New for 2016 is Suspended Animation, works by six artists who "use digitally generated images as a tool to question conceptions of reality." These are supposed to be immersive exhibits, which should be fun. We're looking forward to seeing it.

First Floor

The first floor is primarily the entrance, security checkpoint, and a set of escalators for getting to the other levels.

Jeff Koons Kiepenkeri (1987) – Koons is a commercial but talented artist. His Balloon Dog (Magenta), in the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, manages to convey the hyper-eager personalities of puppies, modeled as a building-size balloon sculpture. But we're not sure about this piece – a copy of another work in Germany, with Koons using stainless steel instead of bronze. It's not as playful or fun as his other work and itǯs not clear what stainless steel adds.

Lower Level

f it's still around, you won't be able to miss Barbara Kruger’s Belief + Doubt, because it's plastered all over the walls and floors of the lower level.

Dan Flavin "monumentdz for V. Tatlin (1967) and untitled (to Helga and Carlo, with respect and affection) (1974) –vThese are two installations using fluorescent lights as sculpture. It's a creative idea, because like bronze or steel, these lights both illuminate and cast literal shadows. The hum of the light fixtures adds another element to the installation. Taken together, the light, darkness, and sound make you want to stare at the bulbs, even though you know it's terrible for your eyes.

Muguel Angel Rios A Morir ('til Death) (2003) – Another video, this one of a game of tops that serves as a commentary about competition and possessing land.

Other Lands at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (a Smithsonian Museum)