Met's New Look Lets the Light In

American Wing reopens tomorrow
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 18, 2009 12:20 PM CDT
The Met's Renaissance Revival Parlor.   (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
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(Newser) – The Metropolitan Museum of Art reopens its American Wing tomorrow after a refurbishment that was “all about transparency,” its chairman says. Where benches and shrubs once constricted movement, now visitors can sit on a fountain’s edge, look out on Central Park, and ride a glass elevator “through rooms you probably never knew existed,” writes Barbara Hoffman in the New York Post.

Sculptures are now arranged in “a kind of conversation,” with a bronze Diana aiming an arrow at a nearby angel. Visitors will travel through time as they move from period room to period room chronologically. Touch screens provide enlightenment on the exhibits' stories. A new “airy mezzanine” is packed with 300 ceramic pieces—and looks onto another construction site, proof that the Met’s still growing.