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12,250 Square Feet Were Added to the Space
To go with John Russell Pope’s neoclassical design for the West Building, the East Building was constructed by renowned architect I.M. Pei and originally opened in 1978. In the redesign, Pei’s longtime associate Perry Y. Chin, added extra footage to the building, making use of attic spaces to create two new tower galleries connected by a roof terrace.
Speaking of… There’s a New Rooftop Terrace
Guests can enjoy outdoor sculptures like the bright blue rooster Hahn/Cock by Katharina Fritsch, which is on a long-term loan from Potomac’s Glenstone Museum, at this newly designed outdoor area overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue.
Evening Hours Are Happening
On the second Thursday of every month, from October through April, the Gallery’s East Wing will remain open until 9 p.m., allowing visitors four extra hours to explore collections, listen to live music, watch films, and savor drinks and light bites.
The Temporary Exhibits Are a Must-Visit
Head to the tower gallery to see celebrated artist Barbara Kruger superimpose her singular text and phrases over a variety of photographs, like her famed Untitled (Know nothing, Believe anything, Forget everything) that inspired the exhibit. Guests can also expect to view experimental and conceptual photography pieces by Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, and Hiroshi Sugimoto from the collection of Baltimore philanthropists Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker.
Visitors Don’t Have to Leave the Building to Eat
The Terrace Café in the East Building gets a food facelift thanks to Starr Catering Group, with casual fare offerings that include sandwiches, salads, sweet baked goods, and perfectly roasted coffee to keep museum dwellers fueled. The scenic view of the atrium doesn’t hurt, either.