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Treaties on De-Fences Art Exhibit Open Houses

June/July 2024

10:30 am-12:00 pm

In Person


On June 12 , June 26, July 10, and July 31, NMAD will be hosting open houses to allow the public to view the newly-installed Treaties on De-Fences exhibition by artist Jorge Otero-Pailos.

In 2017, the U.S. government decommissioned the Eero Saarinen-designed Cold War-era Embassy in Oslo, Norway. This exhibition explores Otero-Pailos’ artistic intervention on this modernist masterpiece, a landmark he helped preserve.

On display are sculptures created by Otero-Pailos using the steel fence that once guarded the Embassy, an artifact the artist considered historically significant and that would have otherwise been destined for the scrapyard. It also showcases a book containing 51 limited edition prints, some of which are framed and displayed on the walls. The prints are inspired by the diplomatic treaties signed between the United States and Norway. The titles of the sculptures are also derived from these historical documents.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the Spotlight on Diplomacy exhibit on the 1924 Rogers Act, the Diplomacy Is Our Mission exhibit, and the Signature Segment of the Berlin Wall exhibit.

Attendees will be required to select one of the available time slots. Guests are encouraged to depart by the end of their time slot. The following options are available until capacity is reached:

  • June 12 | 10:30 – 11:15 am or 11:15 am to 12:00 pm
  • June 26 | 10:30 – 11:15 am or 11:15 am to 12:00 pm
  • July 10 | 10:30 – 11:15 am or 11:15 am to 12:00 pm
  • July 31 | 10:30 – 11:15 am or 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Please RSVP by 12:00pm on the Friday before the open house you would like to attend.

Arrival Instructions

NMAD is located at 330 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20006, in the Harry S Truman Building. Visitors must enter at the 21st Street entrance to the U.S. Department of State (the glass building on 21st Street between D Street and C Street, NW).

Please arrive on time to allow ample time for security processing. A government-issued photo ID is required for entry (e.g. passport, U.S. driver’s license).

For further information or if you require reasonable accommodations to attend the event, please contact Emma Guyette (guyettee@state.gov).

This exhibition is in partnership with and through the generosity of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE), thanks to the Ford Foundation, with additional funding provided by the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The exhibition was conceptualized, curated, and produced in collaboration with Otero-Pailos Studio.