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The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Public Art for a Modern Museum

 
 
Public Art for a Modern Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 15, 2017
1. Public Art for a Modern Museum Marker
Inscription.
The Museum of History and Technology (later the National Museum of American History) was the first example of modernist architecture on the National Mall when it opened in 1964. Architect Walker Cain envisioned a landscape plan that would include abstract public art to highlight the building's modern aesthetic. The Constitution Avenue fountain was installed in 1967, as was Jose de Rivera's Infinity, Alexander Calder's Gwenfritz followed in 1969.

Captions for images on marker:
Infinity by Jose de Rivera (left) on the south terrace and Alexander Calder's Gwenfritz (right) on the Museum's west side, 1970s.

Smithsonian
National Museum of American History
Kenneth E. Behring Center

 
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
 
Location. 38° 53.511′ N, 77° 1.822′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Constitution Avenue Northwest (U.S. 50) east of 14th Street NW. Touch for map. On the grounds of the National Museum of American History. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC 20560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
Public Art for a Modern Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 15, 2017
2. Public Art for a Modern Museum Marker
marker. Renovating the Fountain (a few steps from this marker); A National Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Making A Modern Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); From Workers to Environment (within shouting distance of this marker); Legacy of War (within shouting distance of this marker); Keeping it Green (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Division (about 500 feet away); Completing the Triangle (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
Categories. ArchitectureArts, Letters, Music
 
Closeup of image on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones
3. Closeup of image on the marker
Infinity by Jose de Rivera on the south terrace
Closeup of image on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones
4. Closeup of image on the marker

Alexander Calder's Gwenfritz on the Museum's west side, 1970s
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 15, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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