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

To Choose Our Destiny: The Lasting Legacy of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery
On display through July 28, 2019

When Neil Armstrong took his first step onto the surface of the moon, his giant leap not only carried himself to uncharted territory but also the entire world. Now 50 years after the momentous Apollo 11 Moon mission, the Museum of Arts & Sciences has put together a collaborative exhibit to tell one of the greatest exploration feats ever undertaken by humankind. 

To Choose our Destiny takes you back in time: from the moment that President Kennedy declares his goal of putting a man on the Moon by the end of the decade in the 1960s, to NASA's revolutionary engineering work and training before the mission, through to the daring first moon landing, and the everlasting effects of the entire endeavor that are still being felt today. Now seen through the lens of 2019, the exhibition will serve to show that the human will to achieve and explore can make the impossible, possible. 

This exhibition is in collaboration with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and through the generous support of Preston Root. 

Image: Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon during a lunar excursion. This photograph was taken by Commander Neil Armstrong and is one of the most iconic images of the Apollo 11 mission. Image Credit: NASA

 

Homespun: Folk Art and Americana from the Collection

Bouchelle Changing Gallery
On display through August 25, 2019

Early American folk art from the 18th century through the 19th century is a testament to the efforts of everyday Americans to decorate and embellish their environment with whatever means available to them.  Conceived through modest means and with humble materials, these works are nevertheless charming reminders of the early decades of our young country and often reveal artistic traditions brought over from the old country.  For example, folk art from rural Pennsylvania in centuries past is often referred to as “Pennsylvania Dutch” which was actually a misinterpretation of “Deutsch” (German).  Fine examples of this tradition from a recent gift will be on view as well as works of many media including paintings, furniture, textiles, and decorative arts to provide a view into the early rural and working-class life of European immigrants in America. 

Image: Pennsylvania, 18th Century, Blanket Chest (detail), Polychromed wood, Gift of Daniel W. Callahan, 2018.04.001

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