The East Building and Sculpture Garden
The East Building is an angular construction designed to house permanent and
touring exhibitions of contemporary art. Its entrance is from 4th Street or from
the underground concourse leading from the West Building. A huge orange-
and-black mobile by Alexander Calder dominates the lobby, while exhibition
rooms line the outer walls of the upper halls, connected by hanging crosswalks.
The exhibition space is being renovated and is not open to the public. The Sculp-
ture Garden is a wonderful, lively public space integrating contemporary art
with beautifully landscaped gardens and a relaxing reflection pool with its spray-
ing central fountain. Located in the six-acre block next to the West Building,
the garden includes plantings of native species of trees, shrubs, and perennials,
along with 17 pieces from the Gallery's collection and several items on loan from
other museums. There are free jazz concerts in the summer on Fridays and the
pool transforms into a popular ice-skating rink in winter.
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