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Join the Hirshhorn and BrutalistDC founder Deane Madsen for a World Architecture Day virtual talk on the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Completed in 1974, the Hirshhorn stands out as an immediately recognizable architectural facet of the National Mall, conceived by architect Gordon Bunshaft as “a large piece of functional sculpture.” It’s currently standing out even more thanks to a four-story artwork by Nicolas Party wrapping the building during its construction. Learn more about our current panel replacement project as well as some alternative futures of the Hirshhorn over the course of the Museum’s history.

About the Speaker

Deane Madsen, Assoc. AIA, is an architecture critic and photographer living and working in Washington, DC. He is an associate editor in the Hirshhorn’s Publications department and the founder of Brutalist DC, an appreciation society for Brutalist architecture in the nation’s capital. Madsen earned a master’s degree in architecture from UCLA before moving to Washington to serve as associate editor of design for Architect Magazine, then pursued freelance writing for various industry periodicals including Architectural RecordArchitectureDCLandscape Architecture MagazineMetropolisOculus, and Wallpaper, among others.


11:50 am EST | Zoom broadcast opens

 12 pm EST | Talk with Deane Madsen

ASL translation and CART (real-time captioning) will be provided for this program. If you have any questions about accessibility for this program, please email