In traditional museum spaces, light has always been treated as the enemy of art. But when architect Thomas Phifer and the NCMA’s Larry Wheeler, former director, and Dan Gottlieb, director of planning and design, began to envision a new museum for the 21st century, they leveraged science in the service of art, creating in West Building a modern museum space that actually curates light, filtering out the bad rays from the good.
This spring, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of this award-winning architectural achievement by sitting down, at a safe distance, with Phifer and Wheeler, two visionaries devoted to presenting the “People’s Collection” in the best possible light.
The NCMA welcomes a new acquisition into its permanent collection: A sculpture by Simone Leigh.
The Czech artist whose name is synonymous with art nouveau claimed proudly that his work was “not for private drawing rooms.”