The North Wing

Discover the North Wing

The North Wing of the Museum of Arts & Sciences is one of the original wings of the Museum. The North Wing features permanent collections and exhibits such as the Kenneth Worcester Dow and Mary Mohan Dow Gallery of American Art, the Helena and William Schulte Gallery of Chinese Art,  the Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building, and the Anderson C. Bouchelle Study Center and Gallery for International Decorative Arts. The North Wing also contains several spaces for rotating and traveling exhibitions. 


Currently on Display

 

Medieval to MetalMedieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of The GUITAR

Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery
Open September 19, 2020 through January 10, 2021

Highlighting the single most enduring icon in American history, Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of The GUITAR explores all aspects of the world's most popular instrument. The exhibition covers the guitar's history beginning in the Middle Ages with European and Asian instruments such as the oud and lute to its position as a key accompaniment for traveling performers, its pivotal role in blues, country western music, and rock 'n roll, ultimately serving a catalyst for popular culture. Visitors will experience the artistry, history, design, and cultural influence of the guitar. Along with 40 distinct instruments that showcase the rare and antique to the widely popular and innovative, Medieval to Metal includes dozens of photographs and illustrations that depict significant musicians and instruments of the last century. 

Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of The GUITAR from the National GUITAR Museum in New York is an exciting and engaging experience that gives visitors the opportunity to interact with the guitar from the perspective of history, evolution, and design - and the lasting music it has created. 

 

East Meets WestEast Meets West: Decorative Hand Fans from Europe and China in the Collection

Bouchelle Changing Gallery
Open October 17, 2020 through February 14, 2021

This exhibition highlights painted, embroidered and otherwise embellished ladies hand fans that have come into the MOAS collection over the years. A necessity for any lady in centuries past, the surface area of hand fans became a popular place for artistic expression and fans from both Eastern and Western traditions display the current art movements of the day. The artists who painted these fans were often fashionable painters who signed their work. Few art forms combine functional, ceremonial, and decorative uses as elegantly as the fan. Fewer still can match such diversity with a history stretching back at least 3,000 years. 

Image Credit: France 19th Century, Folding Fan with Lithograph Memorializing the Life and Legacy of Napoleon, Lithograph, wood, mother-of-pearl, Gift of Kenneth Worcester Dow and Mary Mohan Dow, 94.01.685

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