Directed by Four-Time Academy Award Winner Charles Guggenheim
A Place to Be: A Biography of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art; A Landmark of Art and Architecture. This film recounts the contemporary design and construction of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. A monumental commission that took 10 years to complete, the film gives an intimate view behind the secrets of the museum's remarkable design and the art created for its public spaces. Beginning with the initial sketches by internationall acclaimed architect I.M. Pei, the film then offers a rare glimpse into the minds of museum director J. Carter Brown and the distinguished Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Joan Miró, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Jean Dubuffet. Capturing the pride of the skilled laborers who completed the building, the film presents a human portait of the immense talent that made this national treasure.
- Run time: 55 minutes
"When a movie about a building brings tears to one's eyes, that's a good movie." —Tom Shales, The Washington Post