Gehry will appear at the National Archives at 7 p.m. October 5 to outline the creative approaches he and avant-garde theater artist Robert Wilson took as they thought about an appropriate design for the World War II hero and two-term president.
The memorial is scheduled to open on four acres at 4th and Independence S.W., just a few steps from the National Mall in 2015.
Gehry, 82, is one of his field’s stars, acclaimed by his peers and the public. His signature works included the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Washington has long coveted a major Gehry project since his planned expansion for the Corcoran Gallery of Art didn’t materialize.
The architect received the Pritzker Prize in 1989, the National Medal of Arts in 1998 and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1999.
The evening program is free and will be held in the McGowan Theater at the Archives, 7th and Constitution Ave. N.W. The discussion will be moderated by Archivist David S. Ferriero.