Today, and all this week, the new American Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts is open to members and other guests.
Next week the wing is officially open to the general public.
What an astounding experience to go through the new wing today.
The art is distributed among four levels, beginning in a lower level which houses ancient Olmec and Incan art. The first level is early American and then proceeds upward to the top floor, Level 3, where modern American art is kept.
There is an extensive collection of work by Georgia O'Keefe, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer and Whistler.
There are at least two paintings by Edward Hopper.
The giant Calder mobile that used to swing from the ceiling outside the former Gund Gallery is now truly among its contemporaries.
There are complete reproductions of an entire living room from an 1840's house that used to stand in Dorchester. On hand in that gallery was one of the crew that oversaw the installation of the living room, and he spoke of how challenging it was to build a room from scratch, complete with a marble fireplace. He also remarked on how fortuitous to have salvaged from the Dorchester house so many parts of the living and dining rooms before the house was demolished.
It's a stunning event, the opening of this wing. It's a proud moment, to see American culture come of age.
Go the www.mfa.org for information about hours and admission prices. For information about the free community day this coming Saturday, November 20 go to www.examiner.com/arts-in-boston/free-community-day-at-new-museum-of-fine....