"'Woman in E' features a woman dressed in a gold gown, standing on a rotating pedestal, playing solitary E-minor chords on an electric guitar, vibrations reverberating through a room of glittering tinsel. The woman embodies multiple stereotypes—a goddess, a siren, an idol—at once a nod to classical sculpture and a reclaiming of cultural ideals of femininity."
Press Links about the Show
- Hirshhorn - DC Musicians to Star in 12-Week Live Artwork Starting Oct. 14
- Washington City Paper - Here Are the Musicians Participating in Ragnar Kjartansson's 'Woman in E'
- Washington City Paper - Photos: Rehearsal for Ragnar Kjartansson's 'Woman in E'
- Washington Post - Pop music critic Chris Richards tours the Hirshhorn Ragnar Kjartansson exhibition with Ian Svenonius
- Washington Post - Artist Ragnar Kjartansson has his first U.S. retrospective at the Hirshhorn
- Brightest Young Things - Preview: Ragnar Kjartansson @ Hirshhorn
- ArtNews Magazine - Mr. Kjartansson Goes to Washington: Ragnar on his New Survey at the Hirshhorn Museum
- Washington Post - After three months of performance art, what happens to the Women in E?
- Washington Post - For 'Women in E,' the reverberation fades
- AirFrance Magazine - Cultural Illuminations in Washington, DC
Miss Mountain Laurel + Woman in E Gallery Talk
At my "Woman in E" audition, I told the Hirshhorn Museum I wanted to be part of the show because it reminded me of the Miss America Pageant, and I always wanted to see Miss America play electric guitar. Coincidentally, I won a Miss America pageant during the run of "Woman in E!"
On the last day of the exhibition, January 8, 2017, I led a Gallery Talk through the Ragnar Kjartansson exhibition as Miss Mountain Laurel and taught museum visitors about what it was like performing in "Woman in E."