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Inauguration of the New American Wing, with First Lady Michelle Obama

In May 2007, the Museum began a comprehensive renovation of The American Wing. In May 2009, the second phase of the project was completed. To inaugurate the new rooms, First Lady Michelle Obama discusses 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. Emily K. Rafferty, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, hosts the event. She is introduced by James R. Houghton, Chairman of the Board.

James R. Houghton, Chairman, Board of Trustees, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Emily K. Rafferty, President, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Thomas P. Campbell, Director, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Mayor Michael Bloomberg; First Lady Michelle Obama


Learn more about the collection in The New American Wing:
http://www.metmuseum.org/visit/plan-your-visit/audio-guide/collection-american

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 (51)

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A Goddess Takes Aim
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Poised to Hear More
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Between Life and Death
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A Body Responds in Dance
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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
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The Electrotyping Process
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