A Place To Be

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A biography of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art: A landmark of art and architecture

A Place to Be is a superb "biography of a building," tracing the contemporary design and construction of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

A monumental commission that took ten years to complete, the film gives an intimate view behind the secrets of the museum's remarkable design and the art created for its public spaces. Beginning with the initial sketches by internationally 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 MirĂ³, Robert Motherwell, 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.

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