CORNING, New York — In conjunction with its 40th anniversary in 2016, the Rockwell is undergoing a top-to-bottom transformation that will shift its focus from the West to the American experience.
The transformation will include reinstalling every gallery, creating a new visitor check-in area, revitalizing the museum store and creating a new introductory gallery that explains the museum’s origins.
The Rockwell collection comprises American paintings, drawings, works on paper, Native American ethnographic objects, American illustrations, modern and contemporary art, photography, arms and armor and works by Western artists.
Some of the changes began last year when the Southwest Lodge, formerly the Remington and Russell Lodge, opened in May dedicated to the works of the Taos School of Artists, the Santa Fe School and native Pueblo artists.
Works by famed Western artists Fredric Remington and Charles Russell are now prominently displayed among other American masterworks on the third floor. Another new gallery features masterworks by historic American artists like Goodwin, Audobon and Rungius that capture the natural beauty of the American landscape.
An American Illustrators gallery opened in early January and a Modern and Contemporary gallery in March that includes contemporary Native American art.
A Native American gallery and an Iroquois gallery are slated to open in 2017.