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Bachelor of Arts
Art and Art History
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Major or Concentration
The National Gallery of Art is a modern piece of art itself throughout its split galleries; the West Building (the original) and the East Building (the addition). This study seeks to identify the importance of the East Building in relation to modern architecture and modern and contemporary art through three main means: materials, its fit into Washington, D.C.’s research field, and how it is possibly the first instance of the “Guggenheim Effect.” By examining the materiality and spatial atmosphere of the East Building, I discuss the influences for I.M. Pei’s extraordinarily contemporary design. Then, how the East Building has evolved the styling of the architecture of art museums after it like the Guggenheim family of museums.
Glasco, Meredith, "East Versus West: The National Gallery of Art’s Relationship to Modern Art and Architecture" (2022). Student Research Submissions. 444.