Hirshhorn Plaza

Aerial photo of Hirshhorn Museum

World Architecture Day: Donuts with the “Brutalist Donut”
With special guests Kriston Capps and Deane Madsen
Free Zombie donuts while supplies last

Monday, October 3
ARTLAB+ Storytime 10 AM; Architecture tours 12 PM, 3:30 PM, 6 PM

Celebrate World Architecture Day with complimentary donuts and free insider tours and of one of DC’s most recognized buildings, the circular Gordon Bunshaft-designed Hirshhorn. Lovingly called the “Brutalist donut,” the museum is a celebrated example of an architectural style known as brutalism, which reached its height in the 1970’s and is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. During expert-led tours, discover the genius of the Hirshhorn’s unique spaces and how its rebellious, modern design transformed ideas of space.

Then, enjoy a delicious Hirshhorn-inspired donut from our friends at Zombie Coffee and Donuts, created especially for this day.

A new special session, ARTLAB+ Storytime at 10 AM, invites the museum’s youngest visitors ages birth to preschool to explore architecture through a read-aloud of Iggy Peck Architect. Then, investigate the Hirshhorn building through close looking and a hands-on building activity.

  • 10 AM tour:  ARTLAB+ Storytime for ages birth to preschool.

  • 12 PM tour: Critic Kriston Capps (@kristoncapps) writes for the Atlantic’s CityLab on art, architecture, and the shape of cities today. Join online via FacebookLive at facebook.com/thisiscitylab.

  • 3:30 PM tour: Gallery guide tour of architecture-inspired artwork

  • 6 PM tour:  Deane Madsen (@deane_madsen) is the associate editor of ARCHITECT magazine and runs @brutalistDC, an Instagram celebration of the District’s concrete masterpieces.

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