Sunday, January 16, 2011

Facelift for Met's Costume Institute

Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch donated $10 million for a new gallery within the institute.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is planning a major renovation of its renowned Costume Institute. The project will enable the museum to show off part of its world-class permanent collection 10 months out of the year in a more contemporary setting.

Jonathan M. Tisch, the chairman and chief executive of Loews Hotels, and his wife, Lizzie, are giving $10 million specifically to create a new gallery space within the Costume Institute, the museum announced late Tuesday afternoon.

The renovation, whose total cost has not been determined, follows two other major building projects under way at the museum: the new Islamic galleries, scheduled to open on Nov. 1, and the third and final phase of the refurbishing of the American Wing, which will be completed next January. Still, the Met’s director, Thomas P. Campbell, said he wasn’t stopping there. “No one should think that the Met is about to go to sleep,” Mr. Campbell said in a telephone interview. “We have several other major projects planned, of which the Costume Institute is the first.” 

New York Times - Carol Vogel

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