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In May 2007, the Museum began a comprehensive renovation of The American Wing. In May 2009, the second phase of the project was completed. Inaugurating the new rooms, First Lady Michelle Obama discussed the importance of preserving American History through the Arts, and the integral role cultural institutions play in the inspiration and support of creativity.
This ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the reopening of The Charles Engelhard Court and twenty historic Period Rooms. The First Lady is introduced by Emily K. Rafferty, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Learn more about the collection in The New American Wing:
Learn more about plans for the finished New American Wing, to open January 16, 2012:
Met Salon Series—The American Bison: Live and Sculpted
Detective Stories about Met Treasures, Part 2: An Art Movement—Mary Cassatt's Lady at the Tea Table
Detective Stories about Met Treasures, Part 3: A Sculpture Career—Anna Hyatt Huntington's Reaching Jaguar
MetCollects—Episode 9: Thomas Hart Benton's Mural America Today Comes to the Met
Sunday at the Met—The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925
The Making of a Bronze Statue
The American Civil War: Paintings on the Battlefront and Home Front
The American Civil War: Shadows of Ourselves
The American Civil War: President Lincoln's Own Band
Exploring the Intimate: George Bellows's Family Portraits
"Bang! Smash! Crack!": Bellows and Early Film
Excavating the Modern City: George Bellows's New York
Teen Screens: "Washington Surfing the Web"
Teen Screens: "Journey of Perception"
Teen Screens: "Kremlin America"
The Elements of Style: The Art of Fine Furniture-Making in America Then and Now
Murder at the Met
New Approaches to Presenting American Art Part 2
New Approaches to Presenting American Art: Part 1 of 2
The New American Wing Galleries
Teen Screens—Set in Stone
New American Wing Galleries
Water Leaf Carving after Duncan Phyfe's Bedpost
Low-Relief Carving after Duncan Phyfe
The Electrotyping Process
Chickadees and Lincoln-Shaped Men: Life in the Cornish Colony of Artists with Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, New Yorker, and His Metropolitan Museum
The New American Wing - Behind the Scenes with the Director
Shuffling the Decks: The New American Wing Balcony Displays
Tree Rings, Paint Chips, and Faded Text: Using Technology and Period Documents in Reinterpreting the American Wing Period Rooms
Old Dutch Architecture in The New American Wing: A Dwelling Room from Albany County, New York
American Furniture in a New Light
American Ceramics at the Met: Recent Acquisitions
Technical Analysis and Treatment of Two Nineteenth-Century Enameled Vases Produced by Tiffany & Co.
Inauguration of the New American Wing, with First Lady Michelle Obama
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