Rubell Museum DC Opens

“What’s Going On?”
October 31, 2022
“The Rubell Museum is a transformative project in the heart of the historic Southwest area. It will give a new life to the historic Randall School—an iconic building with a rich social and architectural history,” said Hany Hassan, FAIA, Partner, Beyer Blinder Belle

As DC mayor Muriel Bowser cut the red ribbon, the electricity and excitement in the air was palpable, and the long-awaited Rubell Museum DC opened its doors to press. The atmosphere was hopeful—this museum represents a unique space for and an homage to Washington DC and its residents. Members of the press were able to get a sneak peek into the museum's makeover and inaugural exhibit "What's Going On"—a title inspired by the 1971 Marvin Gaye album. With 190 works by 37 artists, including Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley, and Keith Haring, there was a lot to see.

Keith Haring, Untitled (Against All Odds) , 1989
Keith Haring, Untitled (Against All Odds), 1989

This museum is defined by the neighborhood in which it exists, and BBB's design celebrates and compliments not only the history of the building and area, but also the Rubell family's unparalleled contemporary art collection. Read the articles featured below for interviews, event and exhibit highlights, and more about the Rubell Museum DC mission.

Below is a selection of recent press coverage:

Architects and Artisans In D.C., the New Rubell Museum by Beyer Blinder Belle by Michael Welton

The Architect's Newspaper Beyer Blinder Belle embraces imperfection in Washington, D.C.’s newly opened Rubell Museum, by Chris Walton 

The Art Newspaper Rubell Museum DC opens in former school, with a mission to champion ‘the unique role of artists as teachers’, by Benjamin Sutton

Axios Washington DC Take a look inside D.C.'s new Rubell Museum, by Chelsea Cirruzzo

Cultured ​Moving on Up: the New Rubell Museum DC Expands the Family's Miami Mission of Amplifying Contemporary Art to the Public by Joshua Glass

NBC 4 News Story Rubell Museum Opens Inside Storied DC School Building reported by Darcy Spencer

The New York Times Rubell Museum DC Brings Contemporary Art to Washington by Robin Pogrebin

NPR Look inside the Rubell Museum, D.C.'s new modern art museum opening this weekend by Elliot C. Williams

Vanity Fair The Rubells, Miami’s Longtime Art Patrons, Bet Big on Washington, DC | Vanity Fair by Nate Freeman

The Washington Post Rubell Museum director says visitors should 'expect to feel electrified', by Madeline Weinfield

Washingtonian Inside the Rubell Museum, DC’s Must-Visit New Contemporary-Art Space by Kelly Bastow

BBB Partner Hany Hassan addressing press next to the Rubell family, in front of El Anatsui’s “Another Man’s Cloth”, 2006
BBB Partner Hany Hassan addressing press next to the Rubell family, in front of El Anatsui’s “Another Man’s Cloth”, 2006