Performing in 'Woman in E' at the Hirshhorn Museum

I am thrilled to have been a part of artist Ragnar Kjartansson's solo show at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. I performed and played guitar in his performance art piece "Woman in E." The exhibition was open October 14, 2016-January 8, 2017.

Photo by  Tony Powell .

Photo by Tony Powell.

"'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."

- Hirshhorn

Ragnar Kjartansson with  Woman in E . Photo by  Tony Powell .

Ragnar Kjartansson with Woman in E.
Photo by Tony Powell.

Miss America + 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 2017 and taught museum visitors about what it was like performing in "Woman in E."