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Why are there crates in the galleries?

Shipping crates and furniture colonize the Early Twentieth Century Art Gallery bridge.

Shipping crates and furniture colonize the Early Twentieth Century Art Gallery bridge.

Shipping crates and furniture colonize the Early Twentieth Century Art Gallery bridge.

Shipping crates and furniture colonize the Early Twentieth Century Art Gallery bridge.

Over the past few weeks, a number of art shipping and storage crates have made an unusually public appearance at Crystal Bridges—colonizing the Early Twentieth-Century Art Gallery bridge like squatters. Usually crates like these maintain a much lower profile, preferring to stick to the shadowy inner realms of the Museum. But this is a special case.

The crates hold elements of Global Citizen, a large exhibition focusing on the work of Moshe Safdie, the architect who designed Crystal Bridges. Global Citizen features more than 100 drawings, sketches, videos, photographs, and scale models of Safdie’s architectural projects—both built and unbuilt. Elements of the exhibition will be on view throughout the Museum public areas, including the reflection areas, lower lobby, and the Early Twentieth-Century Art bridge. Because the exhibition is being installed in areas open to the public during Museum hours, visitors have a rare opportunity to see the installation in progress. The entire exhibition will be on view by May 31.

A scale model of Moshe Safdie's famous Habitat 67 in Montreal, Canada.

A scale model of Moshe Safdie’s famous Habitat 67 in Montreal, Canada.

Some highlights of the exhibition are the many large, scale models of Safdie’s most famous structures, including Habitat 67 in Canada, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Israel, and Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.

Bonus: Moshe Safdie will be visiting the Museum on June 25 to give a public presentation of his work! Mark your calendars and come meet the world-famous architect of Crystal Bridges!

Linda DeBerry
Senior Copy Editor / Publications Manager

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