- The National Academy in New York will have a retrospective of Will Barnet’s work during “Will Barnet at 100,” opening Sept. 16; his piece “OId Man’s Afternoon” is seen here.
Despite incessant wrangling on Capitol Hill over budgets, the debt ceiling and everything else; despite disappointing job numbers, consumer spending and housing starts; despite a roller coaster stock market and generalized anxiety over how to interpret our current economy, America’s museums (God love them!) are still rolling out new wings, renovated spaces, even whole new venues for the enjoyment of arts enthusiasts everywhere.
In New England, it’s the spacious Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In New York, it’s the grand reopening of the National Academy Museum on Manhattan’s Museum Mile, as well as a musical chairs remix of building spaces for MOMA, the American Folk Art Museum, the Whitney and the Met.
Cranbrook Art Museum, in suburban Detroit, reopens this fall following extensive renovations that allow for display of its complete fine art and design collections. A stunning new 34,000-square-foot home for the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland is under way in Ohio, while on the west coast, SFMOMA has started work on the $480 million expansion of its current site.
Better yet, a whole new museum is rising in Bentonville, Ark., thanks to philanthropist Alice Walton, who has made it her mission (and is footing a very big chunk of the bill) to bring high art to her home state.
And that’s just a small taste of what you can anticipate coming this fall. To read the full lineup, click here for AmericanStyle’s Fall Arts Preview. Remember, too, to support the museums that are supporting you.