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

 

American BeaverSkulls: From Ancient Beasts to Modern Giants

Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery
Open August 7, 2021 through October 31, 2021

All vertebrate animals have skulls, and the Museum has a nice collection of fossilized skulls from the last ice age, the Mesozic Era, and currently living animals. Skulls can tell us a great deal of anatomical information, such as how an animal chewed its food, the type of vision the animal had, and whether it was a mammal or a reptile. This biology exhibit will showcase the morphology of mammal and reptile skulls. Visitors can learn how to read a skull by using some basic observation. Discover skulls such as an ice age cave bear, velociraptor, saber tooth cat, extinct American lion, manatee, coyote, primates, and more. 

Image Credit: North American Beaver Skull (Castor Canadensis)

 

American EmpireAmerican Empire

Bouchelle Changing Gallery
Open June 5, 2021 through January 2, 2022

Upon the establishment of the new Republic in the United States of America, its first citizens adopted much from French neo-classicism to give the new Republic the same dignified appearance they felt it deserved. Sometimes known as "American Federal," the first style adopted by our new country in the early 19th century clearly reflected the great style of the revolution in France. The Museum of Arts & Sciences brings together in this exhibition fine examples of American Empire furniture, decorative arts, and period paintings from its collection to illustrate the transition from French to American in these works as the artists and craftsmen of the new United States attempted to make the style uniquely American. 

Image Credit: Seth Thomas, American, 1785-1859, Shelf Clock, c. 1835. Wood and reverse-painted glass. Gift of Kenneth Worcester Dow and Mary Mohan Down. 89.16.066

Celestial ChartCharting the Celestial Landscape

North Wing Corridor
Open June 5, 2021 through October 10, 2021

The charts seen here are representative of the scientific creativity of the past. Attempting to grasp the mysteries of the universe, ancient civilizations and cultures have over thousands of years traced the myriad of stars in the heavens into intricate patterns or constellations that represented godly beings, beastly creatures, and a multitude of prominent objects. As these depictions became increasingly important in the daily lives of the observers as time passed, a methodical and scientific approach to observation began to take form. This unique astronomical collection at MOAS was purchased through the Mombello-Russo Art Acquisition Fund. 

Image Credit: Alexander Jemieson (1782-1850), Celestial Chart - Andromeda, Perseus, Triangula. Gift of Malcom C. Babb. 

Jemieson's maps were based primarily on the work of Johann Elert Bode, through Jamieson is insistent that his maps are improved from Bode's. His "A Celestial Atlas Comprising A Systematic Display of the Heavens," from which these come, earned the honor of being allowed to be dedicated to King George IV. Published 1822.

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