Davis Museum & Cultural Center to Close Temporarily for Repairs

For immediate release:
April 11, 2006
Mary Ann Hill

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- The Davis Museum and Cultural Center (DMCC) at Wellesley College is temporarily closing for repairs to the building’s roof and windows.

The current exhibition, On the Edge: Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West, will remain open until May 24. The site specific installation in the museum lobby by Xu Bing, “Any Opinions?,” will remain open through June 3. The galleries housing the museum’s permanent collection have closed and the collection has been moved into storage.

“The humidity levels that we maintain in the building resulted in moisture condensing within the exterior walls and roof of the building during exceptionally cold winter weather,” explained David Mickenberg, Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director of the DMCC. Repairs will include replacing the roof as well as replacing or re-glazing selected windows. Mickenberg added, “While the repairs will address the condensation problem, they will have little impact on Rafael Moneo’s original design. They will allow the museum to provide the consistent humidification and temperature required to protect works in the collection and on loan.”

Major components of the project will include replacing the roof and replacing or re-glazing the building’s windows.

The museum is slated to reopen next spring. In the meantime, selections from the museum’s modern and postwar collections are on loan to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for an exhibition entitled Monet to de Kooning: Selections from the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College. The exhibition includes paintings by Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Willem de Kooning, and Lee Krasner as well as sculptures by August Rodin, Andy Warhol, and Claes Oldenburg.

Plans are underway for additional works to be temporarily on view at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham.

The Davis Museum and Cultural Center is one of the oldest and most acclaimed academic arts museums in the United States. Founded more than 120 years ago by Wellesley’s first president, the museum’s collection spans the history of art from ancient times to the present with more than 10,000 objects of diverse cultures and media.