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Using Technology and Period Documents in Reinterpreting The American Wing Period Rooms

Learn more about The New American Wing: http://www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/american_decorative_arts/american_wing_2009.aspx Cynthia Van Allen Schaffner, research associate, American Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art The New American Wing Part 2: The Charles Engelhard Court and the Period Rooms included the reconfiguration and renovation of twelve of the earliest period rooms, resulting from the fruits of recent research and reinterpretation of the seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century rooms. The Met's period rooms are a careful combination of architectural elements, rescued largely from condemned buildings, with contemporaneous works of decorative arts and furniture from the Museum's collection. The American Wing curators are always reviewing and revising installations incorporating advances in science, technology and historic restoration includes several specific comparisons of the rooms before and after the new installation. You may explore more contextual information about the rooms history and furniture by using new touch screen technology available when you visit the Museum. This Saturday at the Met is made possible by the Clara Lloyd-Smith Weber Fund.
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