new-york

“New American Museums”

Whitney Museum of American Art

This is an informative, tonic, and crucial exhibition dealing with what is as important as art itself—the setting for art. The plans for seven museums in progress were displayed: Cesar Pelli’s gallery expansion and residential tower of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes; Shin’enKan, to be built at a still undetermined site by Bruce Goff; the extension of the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art, designed by Henry N. Cobb of I. M. Pei’s firm; Richard Meier’s High Museum of Art in Atlanta; the west wing of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates: and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, designed by Charles W. Moore. The exhibition was organized by Helen Searing, who wrote a first-class catalogue essay on the history of museum architecture to accompany it. These “art museums for

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