Art Buzz January 12, 2012: American historical art treasures shine again at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renovated American Wing



US historical art treasures shine again at New York museum

Source: AFP, 1-12-12

A woman looks at a painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New American Wing Galleries (AFP, Timothy A. Clary)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York unveiled new galleries Thursday dedicated to the history of American painting, sculpture and design, some of which museum officials said displayed the country’s “crown jewels.”

The new galleries are part of a $100 million renovation of the museum.

“Today we celebrate 10 years since the beginning of the project to reimagine, reinvent and rebuild the American Wing,” said Morrison Heckscher, chairman on the “American Wing,” during a presentation to the news media. “This is a big moment for the Met and for the American Wing.”

Renovation of the galleries for American art from the 18th century to early 20th century began after Heckscher and his team concluded the previous galleries “were not doing justice to the collection display.”

The 26 classically-styled renovated rooms occupy about 2,800 square meters, representing a “total reconfiguration of the space” and creating “modern galleries with a very historic feel,” Heckscher said….READ MORE