Luce Center for American Art (2004)
Established by a $10 million grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Luce Center for American Art, comprising 17,000 square feet in all, encompasses the long-term installation American Identities: A New Look, inaugurated in 2001, and the adjoining Visible Storage ▪ Study Center, a newly built facility that opened in early 2004. The Visible Storage ▪ Study Center is a 5,000-square-foot open-storage area providing public access to some 1,200 collection objects.
Visible Storage is a working Museum facility as much as other storerooms throughout the building that are not open to the public. As in the closed storerooms, the works held in Visible Storage are available for study, and maintained under proper conditions of temperature, humidity, and light levels. Two large, glass-walled bays in the Visible Storage ▪ Study Center contain nearly six hundred paintings from the permanent collection on rolling racks; the selection on view is periodically rotated to provide an ever-changing array from the collection’s holdings. Large glass vitrines also put on view the majority of the Museum’s collection of historical American sculpture as well as selections of objects from the American decorative arts collection and representative displays of Native American and Spanish colonial objects.