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American Furniture in a New Light

In this lecture series, Museum curators showcase the architectural elements, silver, ceramics, furniture, and other works now on view in The American Wing.

An early installation of colonial furniture and decorative arts was so successful that it inspired the Metropolitan Museum to begin plans for an American Wing in 1909. One hundred years later, in May 2009, the New American Wing reopened. The renovation helped make the decorative arts galleries within the original 1924 structure more accessible to the public. Nicholas Vincent, a researcher in the Department of American Decorative Arts, shares some of the highlights of the American furniture collection on display in the newly renovated galleries.

Nicholas Vincent, research assistant, American Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This Saturday at the Met is made possible by the Clara Lloyd-Smith Weber Fund.


Learn more about plans for the finished New American Wing, to open January 16, 2012:
http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/new-american-wing


Collections, The American Wing (46)

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Her Body in Motion
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A Timeless Replica
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A Goddess Takes Aim
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Poised to Hear More
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Between Life and Death
(00:02:56) 152 views

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A Body Responds in Dance
(00:01:58) 132 views

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The Artist at Work
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Motion Drapes a Body at Rest
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The Making of a Bronze Statue
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Murder at the Met
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The New American Wing Galleries
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Teen Screens—Set in Stone
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New American Wing Galleries
(00:16:11) 4084 views

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The Electrotyping Process
(00:03:05) 3965 views