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The Museum’s galleries beckon with treasures from all corners of the globe, boasting works of art from pre-antiquity to the present day. So whether you’re searching for quiet contemplation or visual stimulation, whether you want to visit a favorite collection or discover a brand new installation, the Museum offers over 200 galleries for you to explore and enjoy.

Highlights

The Little White Dress: The Allure of Classic Style
Gallery 271, second floor
Today’s revival of the white dress on fashion runways and red carpets demonstrates the enduring appeal of this simple and versatile style. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, artists admired and copied the flowing, diaphanous drapery that adorned ancient statues, ceramics, and glass. See how they decorated vases, textiles, and fans with graceful white-gowned figures and inspired a new enthusiasm for white dresses.

Masterpieces from South Asia
Gallery 48, ground floor
Enjoy this selection of masterpieces from our celebrated collection of South Asian art, which spans thousands of years and a vast geographic area, including India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Nepal. Currently, the Museum is in the process of transforming its South Asian galleries to offer you fresh opportunities to encounter, experience, and enjoy art from one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world.

Art Splash
Gallery 49, ground floor
Art Splash is a summer-long festival that celebrates art, imagination, and creative play for all ages. In this gallery, explore the many ways artists present the natural world, especially animals, rivers, and trees. Experience artwork from the collection and interact through imaginative play and clever conversation.

American Impressionists at Home and Abroad
Fernberger Family Gallery 108, first floor
At the end of the 1800s American artists fell under the influence of the French Impressionists. A group of loosely affiliated painters, they captured “impressions” in paint with rapid, spontaneous brushwork and were interested in the visual effects of light, color, and weather. This installation reveals how American artists embraced the new style of painting, and highlights recent gifts from longtime friends of the Museum, Eugene and Marie-Louise Jackson.

Women Printmakers of the Early 20th Century
Korman Gallery 121, first floor
See how women printmakers, such as Peggy Bacon, Mabel Dwight, and Caroline Durieux, used satire to comment on various aspects of contemporary American life. While some poked fun at the amusing behaviors of the middle class, others drew attention to more serious subjects, including widespread poverty, homelessness, and the rise of Fascism.

Korean Ceramics
Gallery 237, second floor
Discover highlights of the Museum’s exceptional collection of Korean ceramics in this newly reinstalled gallery. Unique and exquisite, these porcelain and stoneware creations are among the most important artistic and technical achievements of Korean culture. Marvel at the translucent colors of Korean celadon, the exuberant designs of buncheong pottery, and the elegant forms of plain white porcelain.

Colors of Ink: Korean Ink Painting and Calligraphy
Baldeck Gallery 238, second floor
Behold the versatility of ink and brush techniques in this selection of Korean hanging scrolls and folding screens. In premodern East Asia, compositions produced solely in ink were considered a higher achievement than those done in color. Only the most accomplished scholar-artists could create such works, having first trained for many years to master the art of calligraphy.

Notations: Minimalism in Motion
Alter Gallery 176, first floor
Featuring works by Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, and others, this installation presents multiple approaches to Minimalism, a movement that emerged in the US in the early 1960s. Gain a deeper understanding of how Minimalist artists embraced geometric forms and industrial materials and created art intended to be experienced in relation to the viewer in space.

Tradition Reinvented: Italian and American Glass from the Collection of Geraldine Dattilo Jawer and Edward Jawer
Gallery 268, second floor
A Louis XVI interior has been transformed with a presentation of exquisite glass objects by contemporary artists Yoichi Ohira, Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, and others. Dramatically lit, this installation showcases how artists have employed traditional glassmaking techniques to craft bold and innovative works.

Art and Wonder: A Cabinet of Collections
Gallery 257, second floor
In Europe, from the 1500s to the early 1700s, fascination with notable works of art, natural wonders, and objects of scientific ingenuity was explored through the creation of encyclopedic collections. The works in this gallery represent the varied categories of curiosities found in such collections. They also reflect the discoveries in geography, astronomy, and science that took place in this period.

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele
Gallery 158, first floor
This installation presents two dramatic paintings by Viennese master Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, who was nearly twenty-eight years his junior. Enjoy a side-by-side presentation of Klimt’s portrait of a young Austrian woman and Schiele’s image of the mythical beauty Danaë, who the elder artist had erotically depicted just two years earlier.

Please note, some of the objects on view in these galleries may rotate periodically.

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