Museums: Winging Away

What U.S. museum would reckon its growth by acreage? Manhattan's Metropolitan, of course. Two months from now it will have expanded or renovated its precincts by 14 acres, an addition of 41% more gallery space. Last week, in celebration, the Met unveiled two new splendors that are not for hanging.

While 6,500 members queued up to sip interprandial Scotch and sup on cafeteria boeuf bourguignon, Director James J. Rorimer showed off a colonnaded Spanish Renaissance patio, donated by the late, former Met president George Blumenthal, and the new Thomas J. Watson library, whose 155,000 volumes make it the largest art-literature...

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