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MassArt to reopen contemporary gallery in February

Rendering of the Paine Gallery at the new MassArt Art Museum set to open February 2020.
Rendering of the Paine Gallery at the new MassArt Art Museum set to open February 2020.(designLAB, Courtesy MassArt)

The Massachusetts College of Art and Design will open its freshly renovated contemporary art gallery in February 2020 with a new name and revamped facilities that will allow it to expand its program.

Closed since June 2018 for renovation, the former Balakar & Paine Galleries will reopen as the MassArt Art Museum with significant upgrades, including a museum-standard climate control system that will allow MAAM to operate year-round. Housed in a building built in 1906, the Balakar & Paine Galleries had to suspend programming each summer because of inadequate humidity control.

The new space, designed by designLAB Architects, will also revamp the gallery’s Huntington Avenue front entrance to include a plaza named for Pace Gallery founder and MassArt alumnus Arne Glimcher and his wife, Milly. The Glimchers’ $1 million gift in May 2016 kicked off the project’s $12.5 million dollar capital campaign, which completed in September.

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The gallery will continue to have free admission.

Rendering of the office at the new MassArt Art Museum set to open February 2020.
Rendering of the office at the new MassArt Art Museum set to open February 2020.(designLAB, Courtesy MassArt)
Rendering of the Bakalar Gallery at the new MassArt Art Museum set to open February 2020.
Rendering of the Bakalar Gallery at the new MassArt Art Museum set to open February 2020.(designLAB, Courtesy MassArt)

Murray Whyte can be reached at murray.whyte@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheMurrayWhyte.