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Posted at 4:07 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Abramovic, Schnabel to visit Hirshhorn this spring

By Lavanya Ramanathan

The artist is present: Last year at the Museum of Modern Art, performance artist Marina Abramovic asked museum visitors to sit across from her as long as they wanted (or could tolerate). (Courtesy of Marina Abramovic and Sean Kelly Gallery)

The Hirshhorn's just-announced spring schedule reveals a couple of big-name artists who might just draw lines longer than the ones to get into the After Hours parties.

So mark your calendars: The first is Marina Abramovic, the performance artist who re-created her boundary-pushing performance pieces from the 1970s for a blockbuster retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York last year. In an event hosted by the Hirshhorn on April 5, the artist will talk about preserving ephemeral performance art and discuss important performance pieces by other artists.

And on May 12, filmmaker and artist Julian Schnabel ("Basquiat," "Before Night Falls") will visit the museum to talk about his work and the late German artist Blinky Palermo, whose retrospective will open at the Hirshhorn this month. (Schnabel was friends with Palermo, to whom he dedicated the painting "The Unexpected Death of Blinky Palermo in the Tropics.")

The popular After Hours parties return on April 29 (no details yet on DJs and performers, but tickets will go on sale March 29), and fashion followers will want to catch the screening of "Bill Cunningham New York" -- about the original street style icon Bill Cunningham, the 80-something photographer who captures the city's ever-changing fashion tastes from a bicycle for the New York Times. For the full schedule, visit the Hirshhorn's site.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | February 8, 2011; 4:07 PM ET
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