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6 We can anticipate installations that draw on a permanent collection of increasing depth and breadth present thoughtful research and new insights invite immersive and creative use by faculty and students and open a window for our community onto Asias diverse artistic cul- tures histories traditions and innovations says Jessica Nicoll. The inaugural exhibition Dislocation Urban Experience Contem- porary Photographs from East Asia was guest curated by Samuel C. Morse Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professor at Amherst College and Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor at Harvard Uni- versity together with Aprile Gallant Curator of Prints Drawings and Photographs at SCMA. In addition to the art itself many elements combine to shape the look and feel of the new gallery. A hand pol- ished river stone oor distinguishes the space and evokes eastern architecture and the essence of nature found in Zen gardens. The rice paper shades on the exible lighting system along with the r woodwork framing the entrance provide a distinctive aesthetic that adds to a sense of place. And all of it is designed to be as functional and practical as possible. Named in honor of Smiths 10th president the new gallery reects the museums commitment to keep pace withif not pave the way fora growing area of teaching and learning at the college. Stories shared by Smith students of meaningful encounters with Asian art at SCMA are a moving testament to its valuable role. Jiete Li 15 says that while she came to Smith unclear about her future at SCMA I discovered a deep interest in art history and especially East Asian art. I had found my passion. This is the power of the museum and an example of why MUSEUM REIMAGINED The Carol T. Christ Asian Art Gallery will provide new opportunities for curators to feature and contextualize artworks and for faculty to teach with these unique objectsfrom some of the oldest cultures on earth to the most recent innovators living on our most populous continentfor generations to come. Floyd Cheung Associate Professor of English Language and Literature and Director of the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning