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Public Art for a Modern Museum
The Museum of History and Technology (later the National Museum of American History) was the first example of modernist architecture on the National Mall when it opened in 1964. Architect Walter Cain envisioned a landscape plan that would include abstract public art to highlight the building's modern aesthetic. The Constitution Avenue fountain was installed in 1967, as was Jose de Rivera's Infinity. Alexander Calder's Gwenfritz followed in 1969.
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