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Spencer gallery reopens

August 11, 2007

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After nearly a yearlong hiatus, the Spencer Museum of Art's 20/21 Gallery reopened to the public July 19.

The fourth-floor space, which houses 20th and 21st century art, has been reinvented - structurally and conceptually.

Dividing walls were removed in the 3,000-square-foot gallery to create one large room. The drop ceiling also came out, exposing concrete structure and ductwork, and adding about 3 feet of display space.

Three of the four gallery walls now are home to a wealth of 20th and 21st century paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics, jewelry, items from the recently acquired ethnographic collections and more, Emily Stamey, co-curator for the 20/21 project, said in July.

The fourth wall is reserved for "conversations" - mini-exhibitions that address a single theme. The first topic is language.

The changes - which cost about $100,000, generated through fundraising - constitute the first phase of what's expected to be a three-phase project. Future additions will include technology, display structures and more artwork.

The museum, 1301 Miss., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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