Expanded Galleries of African Art and Indian Art of the Americas Open at the Art Institute

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CHICAGO, IL.- The Art Institute of Chicago opens its expanded galleries of African art and Indian art of the Americas today, June 3, 2011. Following an extensive four-year planning, construction, and reinstallation project, the combined 7,500 square foot gallery spaces–located in the Art Institute’s lower Morton Wing (G136 and G137) –have now been freshly conceived and completely renovated to accommodate more than 550 objects on display. For the first time in the museum’s history, the majority of the Art Institute’s superb collection of African art and Indian art of the Americas can finally be seen in cohesive presentations that are impressive and enlightening. “The new galleries of African art and Indian art of the Americas will be a revelation to visitors,” said James Cuno, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute. “Our collections are extraordinary; only a small fraction have ever been seen. They will no