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Archtober Building of the Day: National Academy Museum & School

11 October 2012 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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Founded in 1825 by Samuel F. B. Morse, Thomas Cole, and Asher B. Durand, the National Academy is the only institution of its kind that integrates a museum, art school, and association of artists and architects. Throughout its storied history, the National Academy has followed a simple yet powerful mission: to promote the fine arts in America through exhibition and education.

Today, in its newly renovated building on Fifth Avenue and East 89th Street, the Academy realizes its mission through a contemporary lens. The Academy’s collection sheds light on over 7,000 great works, and is a thriving forum for education, intergenerational dialogue and debate, and a source of vibrant exhibitions.

On view in October will be “John Cage: The Sight of Silence”, “Her Own Style: An Artist’s Eye with Judith Shea”, “From Burchfield to Wyeth: A Selection of American Watercolors”, and “Pattern and Decoration”. A new series, Windows on Fifth, will present video and animation artists in the Museum’s Fifth Avenue windows, opening with Julian Opie. The Academy will also feature Phoebe Washburn’s new site-specific installation, a 14 foot-tall cylindrical tower.

A tour of the Academy will be led by restoration architect Jane Stageberg, AIA of Bade Stageberg Cox and Bruce Fowle, FAIA, NA, President of the Academy.

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