November 20, 2010 – December 31, 2011 – Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is opening the doors of its new wing for the Art of the Americas. The Art of the Americas Wing, as well as the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard, are the focal points of the MFA’s transformational expansion and renovation project, planned and designed by architects Foster + Partners (London). The Art of the Americas Wing allows for the display of more than 5,000 works from the Museum’s American collections, more than doubling the number previously on view.
The MFA’s wing expands the context for American art. For the first time since the Museum’s founding in 1870, magnificent works representing all of the Americas are presented together in a wide range of media, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furniture, decorative arts, and musical instruments, as well as textiles, fashions, and jewelry. The Art of the Americas Wing contains 53 galleries—totaling 51,338 square feet—which include nine period rooms and four Behind the Scenes galleries. Galleries are arranged chronologically on four floors, allowing visitors to travel through time as they ascend. They begin on Level LG (Lower Ground), which is dedicated to ancient American, Native American, 17th-century andmaritime arts; Level 1 features 18th-century art of the colonial Americas and early 19th-century art; Level 2 examines 19th-century and early 20th-century art; and Level 3 focuses on 20th-century art. In the center of each level, large-scale core galleries form a central spine where iconic works of art highlight elements of each period. Complementary galleries run along each side as well as in adjacent north and south pavilions.