A Place to Be: A Biography of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, DVD

About the Director

Charles Guggenheim is a four-time Academy Award winner. His acclaimed films on architecture include A Place to Be, The Making of Liberty, about the Statue of Liberty in New York City, and Monument to the Dream, about the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Arch in St. Louis.

A Place to Be: A Biography of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, DVD

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Directed by Charles Guggenheim

A Place to Be: A Biography of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art; A Landmark of Art and Architecture traces 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 and behind-the-scenes account of the East Building's remarkable design and the art created for its public spaces. Beginning with the initial sketches by international 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 Mapplethorpe, 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.

  • Run time: 55 minutes
  • Color
  • Released: 1979


Editorial Reviews

"When a movie about a building brings tears to one's eyes, that's a good movie." —Tom Shales, The Washington Post

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