Walk like an Egyptian down memory lane at this exhibition commemorating the genesis of ’80s contemporary art.
The Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden doesn’t want you to use hairspray in its museum but you might want to after seeing “Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s.” Through more than 60 carefully curated artworks drawn from collections around the world, the exhibit revisits the totally radical era that gave rise to art-as-commodity and artist-as-celebrity thinking. From Macintosh commercials to Reagan, the exhibition explores a pivotal decade that launched today’s contemporary art world. It is also a great chance to view early works from some of today’s biggest art names, including Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Guerrilla Girls and Barbara Kruger. Feb. 14-May 13, Independence Ave. and Seventh St. SW, DC; hirshhorn.si.edu