National Building Museum

Tour: Why'd You Build That?

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

Lawn Movie Night
How 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? Unearth stories embedded in Lawn and other designed or constructed places as you compare and contrast what David Rockwell calls the “essence of summer” to Theaster Gates’ Ground Rules, Free Throw and Bill Bamberger HOOPS photographs. Theresa Esterlund, National Building Museum vice president for education, and Carol Wilson, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lunder education chair, lead you on a tour as you explore why designers, artists, and communities (re)imagine, build in/on, and invigorate spaces to spark memories or construct a reality. 

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

Credit card payment only.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. 

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