I would visit this … and this
While I’m quite fond of the Hirshhorn building, there is a great line in Nicolai Ourossoff’s NYT article, writing that Diller Scofidio & Renfro‘s addition “would transform one of the most somber buildings on the mall into a luminous pop landmark.”
“The architects imagine the installation process as a performance piece in itself, something like watching event organizers blow up the balloons for the Macyâ€™s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Two refrigerator-size air pumps would be used to inflate the baby-blue structure, which would fill the entire four-story courtyard and bulge out of the top. A smaller, globulelike form would swell out of the bottom of the building to create a public lounge overlooking the mall.”
Now that I can no longer legitimately take my son to the nearby merry go round, I would definitely substitute the Hirshhorn inflation on the itinerary.
And then, of course, I’d have to visit the “new” courtyard at my old stomping grounds, the Smithsonian American Art Museum.