National Building Museum

Tour: Why'd You Build That?

Monday, July 22, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lawn Movie NightHow and Why:  Two exclusive, after-hours, behind-the-scenes tours to get underneath the Lawn and inside the minds of unique place-based experiences.

What difference does it make for a museum to create an interactive experience at all? Who thinks of these ideas? Why bring people to a space that is used for something else (or not used at all)?

Ever look at a unique structure like Lawn and wonder who came up with the idea and WHY they made it?

Consider the way a large architectural structure like Lawn or a simple basketball hoop placed in a field or on the corner can bring people together and create an experience of place. Theresa Esterlund, National Building Museum vice president for education, and Carol Wilson, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lunder education chair, explore why  designers and communities (re)imagine, build in/on, and invigorate spaces to create a sense of place, sometimes where none existed. This tour is repeated on August 19.

Wonder how Lawn was actually built? Find out on July 15, July 29, August 12, and August 26.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Online registration for this program closes at midnight the day before the program.

Lawn rendering courtesy of LAB at Rockwell Group.