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2020 and Beyond

On March 13, 2020, in the face of the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, the museum closed its doors to the public; it would not reopen for six months. On September 6, under strict protocols, the museum welcomed visitors back to the galleries, but due to a state-ordered mandate, it was forced to close again on November 20, 2020. Happily, the museum was able to reopen early in January 2021, and is looking forward to returning to full visitor capacity in the year ahead, and to the return of exhibitions and programs.

During the various closures, the museum experimented with new ways to engage visitors remotely, including streaming virtual programming and at-home activities for kids; stimulating online lectures for adults; online exhibitions; 360° gallery tours; and newly produced video content. While most exhibitions and gallery rotations were postponed, the museum was able to mount some new in-person offerings, such as the exhibition The Art of Care, a timely examination of the ways artists have pictured and envisioned acts of caregiving as observers, practitioners, patients, and activists.

The long-delayed Core Project was finally unveiled on May 7, 2021, with the inauguration of new galleries of early American and contemporary art, a renovated West Entrance, and the breathtaking Forum.