Art: Ole Virginny Modern

All that the Reynolds Metals Co. asked for was a new set of the most efficient offices they could get, and Gordon Bunshaft, design partner of famed Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, produced a high-efficiency aluminum, glass and steel building, set squarely behind its own private reflecting pool five miles north of downtown Richmond, citadel of the Old Dominion's fanciers of mellow brick, white porticoes and neo-Monticello atmosphere. Reynolds expected furious protests from wave on wave of outraged Virginians. Instead, the distinguished director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Jr., told...