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The centerpiece of the lounging areas are interactive hammocks suspended from the 100-foot-tall ceiling grid. The hammocks contain hidden speakers programmed with audio from prominent American storytellers, sharing summertime memories. These never-before-heard stories will highlight shared themes of community and placemaking, further immersing visitors into the feeling of summer. Featured storytellers include:

  • Bette Midler, Award-winning actress and singer, and founder of New York Restoration Project
  • Venus Williams, tennis champion, entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist and founder and CEO of V Starr Interiors and EleVen by Venus Williams
  • Whoopi Goldberg, Award-winning actress, comedian, author, and moderator of ABC’s The View
  • Norman Lear, WWII Combat Veteran, award-winning writer and producer of television and film, and founder of People For the American Way
  • Susan Stamberg, Award-winning journalist and special correspondent for NPR
  • Jose Andres, chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup and founder of World Central Kitchen
  • Joel Grey, actor, singer, dancer, director, and photographer
  • Phylicia Rashad, actor and director
  • Seth Hurwitz, owner of I.M.P, the 9:30 Club, and The Anthem, and operator of Merriweather Post Pavilion and Lincoln Theatre
  • Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and Founder of Shake Shack
  • Judah Friedlander, stand-up comedian (America Is the Greatest Country in the United States on Netflix), actor, and author
  • Edward Lee, chef/owner of 610 Magnolia, MilkWood and Whiskey Dry in Louisville, KY and Culinary Director for Succotash in National Harbor, Maryland and Penn Quarter; and winner of a 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for Writing
  • Paola Antonelli, senior curator of Architecture & Design and director of research and development at the Museum of Modern Art
  • David Rockwell, founder and president of Rockwell Group

Event runs from July 4-September 2

National Building Museum 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Thursday, July 4, 2019