"It is impossible to overuse the prefix "re" when the subject is a total renaissance. Throughout the museum, the correlation between design, presentation, interpretation and visitor experience is nothing short of visionary."
- Veer Magazine
StudioAmmons had the wonderful experience of working with The Chrysler Museum's staff and leadership team on the design for the re-installation of their permanent collection of paintings and sculpture in what was a key part of the 24 million dollar building renovation. In addition to our role in the gallery design and re-installation, our work also included the design for the building's new wayfinding system and signage.
The scope of our work included the 29 second floor galleries which display key pieces from the museum's permanent collection of paintings and sculptures. Working closely with the museum's leadership and curatorial team, the design was focused on giving the art (and visitors) more space to breath while creating interior vistas and references in the gallery landscape using a circulation framework that helps visitors stay oriented, creating momentum and excitement as you move through the many second floor rooms. Eliminating the "art museum maze" was an important objective so the team worked through ideas for varying similar spaces through not only the selection of artwork, but also through the strategic use of color and light and art to give each gallery its own atmosphere and prevent the monotony that visitors often feel in many art museums.
Take a look at a sampling of the finished gallery images here...but you really need to get down there and experience what is one of the best, and under-recognized collections you'll find in any American Art museum.
"Applying an open concept approach to the previously carved-up Photography and Contemporary galleries resulted in the occasional diagonal wall and the creation of invigorating sweeps of space. These changes benignly force new sightlines that draw objects into appealingly charged and challenging relationships, and viewers into new ways of looking and thinking about them."
- Veer Magazine