World Debut of Public Art Mural by Artist Yoko Ono and the Inaugural Project for New Initiative Hirshhorn in the City

Event Date: 
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
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Union Market announces partnership with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to present the world debut of a new large-scale public art mural by artist Yoko Ono. Officially opening on Friday, September 15th, the mural will be located along Union Market’s 6th Street NE exterior wall. The installation is the inaugural project of Hirshhorn in the City, a new initiative to exhibit international contemporary art beyond the museum walls and connect artists and curators with Washington, D.C.’s creative communities.

Created exclusively for Washington, D.C., Ono’s new work “RELAX. YOUR HEART IS STRONGER THAN WHAT YOU THINK!” compels us to step outside of our everyday lives and consider the power of the heart over the restrictions of the mind.  Said Yoko Ono of her inspiration, “I hope our hearts will be stronger and stronger forever.”

In conjunction with the new exhibit, Hirshhorn’s Curator of Media and Performance Art Mark Beasley will lead educational conversations on Ono’s work at Union Market with several nearby D.C. schools.

The collaboration with the Hirshhorn continues Union Market’s mission to be a place for creative minds to connect and thrive in the District. “Art is a symbol for the diversity of our neighborhood, from local to international artists,” explains Director of Strategy for Union Market and EDENS Jennifer Maguire Isham. “This is a place to showcase their creativity.” Union Market’s experiences are varied and transformative, including: studio tours with internationally recognized sculptor John Dreyfuss, partnerships with Creative Time and native D.C. artist Darius Frank, the unveiling of a mural by graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash on International Women’s Day, and the We Love You Project portrait work of Brian Summers. Each project reinforces the importance of art in expanding dialogue and engaging with the community.

For more information on Ono’s work with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the new Hirshhorn in the City initiative, visit