The Sculpture Garden pavilion, conceived by Charles Bassett of the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, is completed.
Jurisdiction of the Sculpture Garden site is transferred from the National Park Service to the National Gallery of Art in an agreement signed by Park Service regional director Robert Stanton and National Gallery director J. Carter Brown, and approved by the National Capital Planning Commission.
Earl A. Powell III is named director of the National Gallery of Art.
The Philadelphia-based architecture firm Olin Partnership is engaged by the National Gallery to create the landscape design for the Sculpture Garden.
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation makes a commitment to provide funds for the design and construction of the Sculpture Garden.
National Gallery of Art breaks ground on the Sculpture Garden site, and construction begins.
Ten new acquisitions of outdoor sculpture are announced by the National Gallery. These, in addition to six works from the permanent collection and one on loan, are installed in flexible spaces in the newly designed Sculpture Garden.
On May 23, the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden opens to the public.
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