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From the Colonial Era to the Colonial Revival: the Installation of Two Period Rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Buell Hall, Room 200

Twice, In 1992 upon the installation of the 1884 McKim, Mead & White Stair Hall from Buffalo, New York and then again in 2009 with the installation of its New York Dutch Room from Albany County, the American Wing announced that its renowned suite of American period rooms from the late seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries was finally complete. One lesson that has been learned over the past twenty years, however, is never to say never again, for now the American Wing is embarking on the installation of yet another aesthetic interior from the 1880s, the Rockefeller Dre! ssing Room, a recent gift from the Museum of the City of New York. What is the inspiration for continuing to add to and refine this stellar assembly of period rooms in the American Wing and just how do its curators go about this process?

Join, Peter Kenny, Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts and Administrator of the American Wing who will share his personal experiences and perspectives on period rooms in the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.