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Steven Holl: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Bloch Building
Steven Holl: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Bloch Building
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  • Duration 31 minutes
  • Producer Edgar Howard
  • Director Thomas Piper

Landmarks in 21st Century American Architecture Series

Generally acknowledged as one of the most artistically-minded architects practicing today, Steven Holl completed, in 2007, a museum considered the apex of his 33-year career: the Bloch Building for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Here, Holl designed a linear series of subterranean galleries from which luminous, sculptural shards of channel glass, which he calls “lenses,” emerge from the earth along the eastern edge of the original, 1933 Beaux-Arts museum.

In this enlightening visit, Holl takes us through the galleries where contemporary art is displayed beneath curving vaults admitting daylight, a tour which effectively demonstrates the convergence of space, time, and architecture.

Principal Funding provided by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

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