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Museum architect Richard Gluckman treats art the way a good director handles a story: He stays exquisitely—almost defiantly—out of the way. Which is pretty big of him, seeing how the postmodern museum has become a secular shrine to all the wonderful things God will never give us, and, accordingly, the place for egotectural designers to blaspheme to the tune of an entire city block. Gluckman’s touch is so light that you might look at his designs for the Whitney Museum of American Art’s town house extension, the Dia Center for the Arts, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, or the Andy Warhol Museum, and think, I coulda done that. And although you may have the technical training, the proper licenses and permits, and a fondness for art, chances are that, given a budget of millions for a ga-ga commission, you wouldn’t have the soul to restrain yourself in service to something higher than your own glory. Gluckman talks about his career at 7:30 p.m. at the Corcoran Museum of Art’s Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th St. NW. $15. For reservations call (202) 639-1770. (Bradford McKee)