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Early peek

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art held a hard-hat tour of its future Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building (due for completion a year from now). The space promises to be a grand enough presence to hold its own so close to the spectacular art museum.

We heard from Perelman himself as well as from architect Richard Gluckman of Gluckman Mayner Architects. And we gawked at the spaces, defined only by studs.

Among the many things to look forward to, my faves were more gallery space, particularly the space dedicated to prints, drawings and photos. I was also interested in the library which will be transformed into a “public resource” with updated new technologies.

There’ll be more space for costumes and for contemporary design, and there’ll be teacher resources and conservation labs.

For lots of photos of the work in progress, go here to my Flickr site.