The American Wing


Ever since its establishment in 1870 the Museum has acquired important examples of American Art. A separate "American Wing" building to display the domestic arts of the seventeenth–early nineteenth centuries opened in 1924; paintings galleries and an enclosed sculpture court were added in 1980.

Today this American Wing houses some seventeen thousand works of fine and decorative art. Monumental sculpture, stained glass, and architectural elements are installed in the Charles Engelhard Court; decorative art objects of silver, gold, glass, and ceramics on the courtyard balconies. The story of American domestic architecture and furnishings, 1680–1915, is told in twenty historic interiors or period rooms. American paintings, beginning with colonial portraits and ending with the early twentieth-century Ash Can School, occupy their own suite of galleries. The reserve collections are displayed in the Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art. Paintings and sculpture by artists born after 1876, as well as decorative arts created after World War I, are exhibited by the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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