On August 25th more than 20 members of the FBWE Village were treated to a behind the scenes view of how the world-class exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art are designed and produced. This very informative tour was arranged by Liane Atlas, a member of the FBWEV Program Committee.
Mark Leithauser, the Chief of Design and Senior Curator at the National Gallery of Art, described how the materials and colors for the walls are chosen, and how the Gallery team designs and selects the perfect background for some of the world's most famous art. Mark described how he personally is involved in planning installations and assuring that it they are executed correctly. He described how he resolves differences with curators, travels to see the art itself since photos are not reliable, and told many tales about world-class exhibitions of the past and some still to come.
Attendees learned of the attention to detail needed, how the Gallery recycles exhibit material, and heard of the source of inspiration needed to execute the display of some of the world’s most interesting, unique, and rare treasures.