- A Place to Be
May 29, 30 at 12:00
East Building Auditorium
A monumental commission that took ten years to complete, the film A Place to Be gives an intimate and behind-the-scenes account of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art and reveals secrets of the museum’s remarkable design and the art created for its public spaces. Beginning with the initial sketches by internationally acclaimed architect I.M. Pei, the film then offers a rare glimpse into the minds of museum director J. Carter Brown and the distinguished artists Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Joan Miró, Robert Motherwell, and Jean Dubuffet. Capturing the pride of the skilled laborers who completed the building, the film presents a human portrait of the immense talent that made this national treasure. (Charles Guggenheim, 1979, 16mm, 55 minutes)
The East Building of the National Gallery of Art and Fourth Street Plaza, designed by I. M. Pei.
The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.
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The Gallery Shops
A Place to Be: A Biography of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art (DVD)