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With the installation of 53 new galleries, the museum has broadened its horizons. And by opening up the new wing to all of the Americas — North, Central, and South — the MFA is stepping up its ambitions.
It's a dream directive for a curator: The museum is expanding, the board is raising money, and we want you, the expert, to go shopping. That's been the reality in preparation for the wing's opening.
Two rooms from a 19th-century home offer a rare window into local history. The dining room and parlor from Roswell Gleason's ornate Gothic Revival house on Claybourne Street in Dorchester have been installed in the MFA.
Benjamin Weiss may have had the single most daunting task of anyone involved in the new wing. As head of interpretation, Weiss was responsible for every wall label and text panel.
An inaugural show, "Fresh Ink," spotlights 10 contemporary artists, either Chinese or of Chinese descent, responding to objects from the MFA's permanent collection.