SMITHSONIAN GALLERY OF ART
In 1939 Washington was the scene of the most heated architectural battle in the country. The competition for what would have been Washington’s MOMA attracted more than 400 entries and ten finalists with Saarinen’s team (father, son and son-in-law) as the unanimous winner. The result precipitated a clash between modernists and classicists and the debate spread far beyond the Mall. Reflecting the aspirations of New Deal America, the Smithsonian Gallery of Art Competition represented a culmination of the brief but direct involvement of the Federal government in the arts.
[…] Charles Eames on Eero Saarinen’s approach to designing the entry for the Smithsonian Gallery of Art competition. […]