Drizzle did nothing to dispel the high spirits in a tent on the north lawn of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, May 16, where guests celebrated the groundbreaking for the museum's long-awaited, 16,000-square-foot wing. Some guests sported yellow faux construction hats and nibbled elegant hors d'oeuvres.
Additional gallery space in the museum will put more of the Johnson's collection on display, and offices located in the current building will move to the new wing, freeing up still more space, said Ira Drukier '66, M.Eng. '67, chair of the museum's advisory council and a noted art collector.. He characterized the museum as a sanctuary. "It's a place to come and just look at great works of art in an environment that is itself a great work."
Cornell President David Skorton said the addition is in line with architect I.M. Pei's original vision for the museum. Galleries and other facilities will be located largely underground and extend north from the original structure, "thus complementing and completing the original structure," Skorton said.