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Architectural Walk Through of the Frye Art Museum
with Alan Maskin, principal of Olson Kundig
How does architecture support the mission and vision of cultural institutions? Join architect Alan Maskin, owner and principal of Olson Kundig, on a walk through of the Frye Art Museum to explore the ways that comprehensive remodels and expansions bring aging institutions into the present, oriented toward the future. According to Maskin, “The architecture [of the Frye Art Museum] prepares the visitor for the museum experience by reinforcing a cadence that is conducive to viewing art. A new entry arcade knits together additions and existing architecture with public spaces… Natural light slips into the building in strategic places to intuitively guide the visitor. The result is a jewel-box that celebrates the museum experience as well as the art.”
Located on Seattle’s First Hill since 1952, the Frye Art Museum is the living legacy of Charles and Emma Frye, visionary civic leaders and patrons of the arts. Today, the Frye Founding Collection is a catalyst for engagement with contemporary art and artists, and access to the Museum’s collection and exhibitions will always be free and open to the public.
Alan Maskin joined Olson Kundig in 1992 and became a partner in 2008. His portfolio at Olson Kundig is focused on the public realm and his projects are visited by hundreds of thousands of people. Maskin led the firm’s winning competition design for the Washington State University Visitor Center, and his other built work includes The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, The Bezos Center for Innovation at the Museum of History & Industry, Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center, The Frye Art Museum, several rooftop parks in Korea and multiple projects for Microsoft including the award winning Cybercrime Center.