An architect’s work often has a deeper meaning than the building itself, and that means the architecture can become more influential as a whole.
That was the theme of an exhibition organized by the Art Institute of Washington (AID) this month at the National Museum of American History.
The museum’s architects, a group led by John Bostock, are using a wide range of styles to illuminate the architecture of Washington.
The exhibition, titled “Artistic Achievement and the Arts,” is part of the museum’s Art of Design series, which is focused on the practice of design.
It’s designed to make visitors think about what the art of design could look like if it were applied to contemporary design in America.
In a nod to its location, the exhibition is being held at the AID’s campus, a historic building that was once home to the Smithsonian Institution.
The architects are also taking advantage of the city’s diverse cultural and social fabric.
The exhibition is part architecture, part history, and part design.
They are using architectural terms like “cultural continuity,” “creative space,” and “transformation” to describe how a city or region can embrace its past and move forward.
For example, the gallery shows examples of new art from cities across the U.S. The galleries features pieces from a wide variety of American artists, from contemporary artists to the likes of Frank Gehry.
The collection is also part art, part art history, part design, and more art than design.
For this exhibition, Bostocks team uses a variety of styles in its work.
The architecture and interior design are used to represent both the past and the present.
In the case of the Washington building, Bocchieri and his team used “futuristic” to define the design.
“Futuristic is the idea that you’re going to build a building in a certain way, based on what you’re already building,” Bostocker said.
The architects used a similar approach in their work for the National Gallery of Art, which includes an exhibit on contemporary art.
The “future” in the National galleries design is a mix of a futuristic-looking glass building and a more traditional brick building.
“You see these architectural forms being used in a variety and variety of ways in different places,” Bocchiart said.
The Washington gallery’s work was inspired by an earlier exhibit, titled, “A Cultural History of the United States.”
That show looked at the architecture and design of Washington, D.C., beginning in 1819, when the city was first formed and the city began to receive federal funding.
The exhibit also explored how Washington was shaped by its history, with buildings from the 1800s, 1900s, and 2000s.
This exhibition, however, is different in that it focuses on the work of architects and designers working on the contemporary architecture of the nation’s capital.
In that regard, the architects used the term “cultural heritage” to show how this work has changed over time.
“It’s very different than when we started to use that term, when you had buildings in Washington that were very much American,” Bercchieri said.
“The difference is that now it’s very much international.”
In a sense, the work is also about American identity.
“We are not just a collection of buildings in the United Kingdom,” Bicchieri added.
“What we do is we put these structures into the context of our own cultural history, so that the buildings in a particular city are a reflection of the history of that city and the history that was here before.”
While the museum is known for its work on architecture, the team is looking beyond that to explore how design influences design.
The artists are using the architecture to represent “the architecture of a city that is still in transition,” Biccchieri explained.
“It’s also about how we’re making decisions about the city and how we have a sense of identity about the design of that building.
It might be a glass building in one part of Washington and a brick building in another part of that same city.
The buildings are very much the same but the architectural elements of the building that we use, that we put in the context, are reflective of that.”
In addition to the new art, the group is also working on a “design for the 21st century,” an exhibit of contemporary design and architecture.
The art piece is called “Transformation,” and the exhibition will feature pieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art.
“Transformation is the work that we’re going through right now in the exhibition,” Biscuit said.
He said that while the exhibition might be focused on Washington, it’s also “a sort of window into the world around us.”
“This is not an attempt to say that Washington is completely a part of America, that it’s a part that’s not going to stay that way forever,” Bich, the AICW