The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art makes available for inspection those American fine art and decorative art objects that are not currently on view in the Museum galleries and period rooms or that are on loan to other institutions. The combination of works of art and research facilities makes the Luce Center a focal point for educational programs in The American Wing.
Objects in the Luce Center are arranged by material (oil paintings, sculpture, furniture and woodwork, glass, ceramics, and metalwork) and within these categories are organized by form and chronology. With the exception of those objects particularly sensitive to light (such as textiles or works on paper), most of the reserve items are on constant view.
As the labeling is minimal for individual items on view, visitors are encouraged to use the computerized catalogue of the collection, which includes information on all objects in the American Wing (not just those on view in the Luce Center).
The Luce Center is open to all visitors during the Museum's public hours.
The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art is made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. Generous support was also provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Additional grants were received from the National Endowments for the Humanities and the Arts.