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What to Expect When We Reopen

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Here's one of the new acquisitions that will be on view when we reopen: Idelle Weber, Munchkins I, II, & III, acrylic on linen, 1964. Click image to enlarge.

As we race to reopen on May 10, here's a quick preview of what to expect. For a quick peek at our galleries in progress, click here.

ALSO IN 2014

Our reopening will focus on a new interpretation and presentation of works from the collection, but we'll also have a number of special exhibitions in 2014, including:

Rubber Duck
Florentin Hofman's 40-foot-tall Rubber Duck will be installed right outside our front door, in the Hague Inlet, May 17-26. It's the first East Coast appearance of this world-traveling work of whimsy and fun.

70 Year of Smokey Bear
Opening Aug. 9, this celebration of an American icon features 19 works by a Virginia artist.

Larry Clark: The Tulsa Portfolio
Opening Aug. 30, this photography exhibition presents a searing look at the drug-addicted underside of a Midwestern city.

Worn to be Wild
Opening Oct. 4, our keynote exhibition for fall will examine the black leather jacket as a cultural statement—and work of art.

Picasso, Braque, and Cubism: Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art
Opening Oct. 14, this is the first in a two-year series of collaborations between the Chrysler and the National Gallery. This installation brings together cubist masterpieces from both collections.

Thomas Cole: The Voyage of Life
Opening Oct. 21, the epic series from the Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole will join the Chrysler’s own Cole masterpiece, The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds.

Waitzer Community Gallery
Here's a show curated by you. Artworks for By Popular Demand: Your Selections, Your Gallery were selected over two months of online voting. The top vote-getters earned their way on view.

In The Box
A gallery devoted to video and new media opens with Jennifer Steinkamp's Orbit 3.

Glass Focus Gallery
The exhibition Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova: Selections from the Lisa and Dudley Anderson Collection showcases the delicious work of a husband and wife team from the Czech Republic.

Goode Wing of Ancient Worlds and Non-Western Art
Totally redesigned and newly interpreted, get ready for an exciting new look at our collection of Islamic, Egyptian, MesoAmerican, Greco-Roman, Asian, and African art.

Brock Wing of American Art
These expanded galleries tell the story of American painting and sculpture from the days of the Founding Fathers through the Civil War, featuring some of the museum’s finest works.

Roberts Wing of 19th and 20th Century European and American Art
This is an area widely considered one of the strengths of our collection. With our expansion, we have more space to show more wonderful things.

McKinnon Wing of Modern and Contemporary Art
Among items new on view will be the Pop Art classic from Idelle Weber, shown above. We have radically expanded the amount of space dedicated to modern and contemporary art—including the height of the galleries—and we've brought stellar works out of storage and into view.

Frank Photography Galleries
Our opening exhibition here traces the various forms of photography across two centuries. If you've never seen an orotone, now's your chance.

This is by no means a complete list. As our May 10 reopening grows closer, we'll be adding further details. To keep track of day-to-day developments behind the scenes of this $24 million project, see our Renovation and Expansion Update Blog.

Florentijn Hofman's 40-foot-tall, bright yellow Rubber Duck will be outside our front door, floating in the Hague Inlet, to celebrate our second week. It will be on view from May 17 to Memorial Day, May 26.

Cameo plaques

A long-time highlight of our stellar cameo glass collection has been a plaque by George and Thomas Woodall, The Intruders, shown at left. In 2013, the Museum was successful in obtaining at auction its companion piece, The Attack. The works of blown, cased, acid-etched, and cameo-carved glass date to 1893 and 1896, respectively. Click the image to enlarge.