Friday, February 15, 2008

Expanded Currier to open March 30

The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, plans to reopen on March 30 after a 20-month, $21.4 million renovation and expansion.

The 33,000 square-foot addition increases the museum’s space to nearly 90,000 square feet. The expansion includes a new north entrance (pictured at top, with lobby pictured below), 50 percent more gallery space (see below below), two new classrooms, an 180-seat auditorium (see bottom), a Winter Garden with café, and new outdoor court. The project also includes two new art commissions: Mark di Suvero’s “Origins” standing in the outdoor court (pictured at top; see my post about it here) and a wall drawing in the Winter Garden by the late Sol LeWitt.

The project was designed by the Boston firm Ann Beha Architects, which has also done work at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine and the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut.

Photos courtesy of the Currier.


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