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East Building 40th Birthday Party

I. M. Pei’s iconic East Building opened in 1978. Join us as we celebrate 40 years of this landmark building and modern art collection with hits from the disco era from local favorite DJ Kelton Higgins, a film inspired by the East Building, and pop-up talks featuring works of art from the 1970s. Visitors can design birthday cards, construct the museum of the future using blocks and magnetic tiles, play beloved games from the disco era, and indulge in cake pops and a variety of empanadas.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

Left: Architect I.M. Pei in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art on opening day, June 1, 1978.

Photo © Dennis Brack/Black Star. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery Archives

  • When: Thu Oct. 11
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Address: East Building
    Washington DC,US 20565

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