The Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland—a private institution near Washington, D.C. housing the collection of Mitchell and Emily Wei Rales—is being sued for $24 million by the contracting firm that oversaw its recently completed $200 million expansion.
The lawsuit, filed on August 30th by Virginia-based Hitt Contracting, accuses the foundation that runs the museum of making “over 2,400 directed and constructive changes throughout the course of the project,” “refus[ing] to acknowledge the cost and schedule impacts of these changes, disruptions, and delays,” and by allegedly refusing to pay for those adjustments to the project, “Hitt and its subcontractors were effectively forced to self- fund the Project for the benefit of Defendant for months at a time.”
Glenstone, which first opened to the public in 2006, is set to unveil its expansion project in the coming weeks, with a public opening slated for October 4th. The expansion’s centerpiece is a 204,000-square-foot museum building that will serve to display works from the Rales’s collection of contemporary art, which is considered to be among the world’s most extensive and includes pieces by Ruth Asawa, Mark Bradford, Jeff Koons, Frances Stark, and Jack Whitten.
“We will not comment on pending litigation, except to say that we look forward to responding to these claims vigorously in court, where we are confident they will be found to be without merit,” the Glenstone Foundation said in a statement to the New York Times.