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Art World Abuzz about the MFA’s Historic Building Expansion
Visitors relish a New England fall for many things: Its autumn leaves, maple syrup, chowder and other regional delights. But in addition to leaf peeping, this November’s most breathtaking Boston attraction will be the opening of the Museum of Fine Arts’ new Art of the Americas wing.
While the Boston museum contains masterpieces from around the world and across the centuries, some of its most inspiring collections depict the birth of our nation.
Newspapers across the country have trumpeted the new wing, which features 53 galleries covering more than 121,307 square feet. It’s been a meticulous and joyous process for the museum staff, starting with last February’s hanging of Thomas Sully’s massive 19th-century masterpiece The Passage of the Delaware. Some of the new wing’s most famous works — John Singer Sargent’s portrait The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, Winslow Homer’s Boys in the Pasture, Mary Cassatt’s Tea, and Paul Revere’s silver Sons of Liberty Bowl — are being displayed surrounded by colors and lighting specifically designed for each masterwork.
In addition to the opening of the new wing, the museum’s fall schedule includes a busy lineup of exhibitions, including a retrospective of Richard Avedon’s fashion photography (on display now through Jan. 17, 2011); an overview of outfits, gowns and dresses by fashion designer Arnold Scaasi, whose famous clients have included Barbara Streisand, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Walters and Ivana Trump (through June 19, 2011); and photographer Nicholas Nixon’s “Family Album” photos (through May 1, 2011).
top image: copyright of Chuck Choi 2009