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Deborah Moore Sorensen

Assistant Curator

Phone: 202.272.2448, ext. 3410
Email: dsorensen@nbm.org

Will accept inquiries about:

Architecture and film

World's Fairs

 

Exhibitions




House & Home




Green Schools
March 3, 2013 - January 5, 2014




Detroit Is No Dry Bones
September 30, 2012 - March 17, 2013




Detroit Disassembled
September 30, 2012 - March 17, 2013




Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s
October 2, 2010 - September 5, 2011




House of Cars: Innovation and the Parking Garage
October 17, 2009 - July 11, 2010




The Places We Live
September 18, 2009 - November 15, 2009




David Macaulay: The Art of Drawing Architecture
June 23, 2007 - May 4, 2008




Washington: Symbol and City
October 9, 2004 - January 1, 2013




Of Our Time: 2002 GSA Design Awards
March 27, 2003 - October 19, 2003


Film Series

Reel Estate: The American Home on Film, 2013

Things to Come: The City Imagined on Film, 2012

Hollywood Modern: Film Design of the 1930s, 2011

Guys, Guns & Garages Film Series, 2010

Detour: The Landscape of Travel on Film, 2009

Bachelors, Secretaries, and Spies: Mid-Century Style in American Film, 2008

Reel Architecture Film Series, 2005

Articles

Noir L.A.

October 1, 2013

National Building Museum assistant curator Deborah Sorensen explores the role of Los Angeles' Bunker Hill neighborhood in film noir movies in the 1940s and 50s.
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Looking Back, Looking Forward: Notes on Detroit

September 10, 2012

On September 30, the National Building Museum opens two concurrent exhibitions on photography of Detroit: Detroit Is No Dry Bones: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara and Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore. Curator Deborah Moore Sorenson reveals the city’s turbulent story of decline and rebirth behind this unprecedented photographic journey.
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The Scene of the Crime: Parking Garages in the Movies

February 16, 2010

In this article, curatorial associate Deborah Sorensen, who collaborated on the Museum's exhibition House of Cars, discusses how parking garage locations have been put to use in crime films.
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Education

M.A. Museum Studies, The George Washington University
B.A. Liberal Arts, Film Program, Columbia College

Research Interests

Film and the built environment
Location-based filmmaking
Documentary
Spatial experience of museum exhibitions
American culture of the interwar period