For Students
Slop Bowl, from six piece silver coffee and tea service, circa 1850

Samuel Kirk & Son
United States
Slop Bowl, from six piece silver coffee and tea service, circa 1850
Gift of Mrs. George G. Cameron, 1982/2.57D

The Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery

With the creation of the Frankel Wing and the thorough revamp of Alumni Memorial Hall, the Museum was in a unique position to make aesthetically compelling "open storage" a pivotal part of the visitor experience. The Museum’s architects, Allied Works Architecture, designed a system of secure, well-lit, glass-fronted cabinets to house nearly one thousand objects from the collections. The Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery, located on the second floor of Alumni Memorial Hall in the space formerly occupied by the Museum’s Chinese Gallery, is the location of  the greatest concentration of open storage cases.

The art on display in the Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery is grouped into categories of like objects, providing an opportunity for close viewing and visual comparison, as well as the enjoyable sensation of slipping behind the scenes into a private treasure house of art. Nearby computer kiosks allow visitors to access information about general categories of art as well as more detailed records about individual objects. Collections areas included in open storage draw on areas of particular depth at UMMA, including Chinese and Korean ceramics, Chinese decorative arts objects, Indian bronzes, Arts and Crafts ceramics, and glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Additional open storage cases line the Education Center on the Lower Level of the new Frankel Wing, a destination in its own right as well as a wonderful focus for visitors awaiting the start of a film or lecture in the Museum’s new Helmut Stern Auditorium.