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 Worchester 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

North Wing Corridor
All Aboard! Vintage Railroad Memorabilia from the Root Family Museum

For generations, many sights and accommodations awaited those who chose the train as their preferred long-distance system of transportation. During their travels, passengers could experience changing landscapes, dining services, and opportunities to lounge and socialize. Trains were faster and more reliable than bus travel which was often affected by road conditions. Though they were not as fast as the newly emerging planes of the time, they offered spacious seating and the ability for passengers to move around as they pleased. This exhibit displays the ephemera of this period of railroad travel including brochures, menus, tickets, luggage tags, promotional material, and other printed materials. These objects are potent visual reminders of a time when "All Aboard!" was a familiar refrain in American life. 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery
Small World: Three Centuries of Childhood in the MOAS Collection

This exhibition highlights children in everyday life through paintings, prints, and objects in the MOAS collection. They are shown at play, with a favorite pet, or in a formal portrait, along with objects such as dolls, toys, clothes, and many other things that would be considered miniature to the average-sized adult. Throughout the 18th to 19th centuries in Europe, the idea and significance of childhood and childhood experience changed. This exhibition will look at this phenomenon as reflected in the art from these centuries to the present. 

 

 

 

 

 

Bouchelle Changing Gallery
Modern Aspirations: Art Deco from the Collection

The style of visual arts, architecture, and design known as Art Deco first appeared in France just before World War I and flourished through the "Roaring Twenties" and up until the beginning of WWII. It emphasized streamlined form in keeping with a "modern" age of speed and rapid advancements in the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theaters, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects. It was also the style of the Jazz Age, Flappers, and Prohibition as a new freewheeling culture emerged and women were allowed more comfortable clothing such as menswear and danced in short dresses and cut their hair short. This exhibition brings paintings, sculpture, graphic, and decorative arts together from the collection to look at the many ways this style manifested itself in Western culture nearly 100 years ago. 

 

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