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

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. 

 

 

 

 

North Wing Corridor
Shutters on the Battlefield: An Intimate Look at Photography in WWII

The Second World War was at its time, the most documented war in human history. The entire war was photographed from start to finish by professional photographers and regular civilians caught up in one of the most turbulent times of the 20th century. Nearly every event around the world was documented with photographs to create a record of what happened. From the beaches of Normandy to the Holocaust, and even in the snowy mountains of Attu located in the North Pacific, cameras went everywhere. The rolls of film shot during those epic years were saved on cameras either brought home by servicemen or were captured on battlefields by their former owners. These snapshots from a private local collection provide unique views of the war, often by those who fought it. 

 

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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