6:30 pm Pacific / 9:30 pm Eastern
In May 2021, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opened nearly 90,000 square feet of additional gallery spaces, the culmination of two decades of planning, design, and construction. The newly reimagined spaces are the result of the renovation, reorganization, and interior expansion of the museum’s landmark 1928 building by the celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Called the Core Project because it has focused on the renewal of the museum’s infrastructure and has opened up the very heart of the main building, its completion after four years of construction represents an enormous step forward for the museum. Central to the construction on the first floor was the addition of new gallery spaces for contemporary art (in the north wing) and early American art (in the south wing).
Join Alexandra Kirtley, The Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on a slide-tour of the new early American galleries with a behind-the-scenes look into how the galleries were planned and designed and how curators choose what to display and how to interpret it. As the first expansion and reinstallation since 1976, the new galleries showcase the museum's storied collection after over 5 years of intensive study, conservation treatments, and re-interpretation for the art now in dynamic spaces. Emanating off of a central spine with an enfilade, the nine new galleries are painted in vibrant colors and the displays are arranged to tell the history of the art—the artists and artisans who made it and the patrons who commissioned it.