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7 the creation of a permanent gallery for Asian art will have a profound impact on the education of generations of students to come. As the Asian art gallery plans took shape it was clear that in the process we would reduce the space available for contemporary paintings and sculpture. After many ideas and iterations the solution was to eliminate the stairway between the rst oor gallery and lower level no longer necessary thanks to the museums main and central stair- well. There were multiple benets since not only did the stairs limit our installations but issues with sound had at times made it difcult to run tours and programs in this part of the museum. Today with the additional wall space we are able to accommodate double-hung paint- ings and large-scale exhibitions. A new glass window on the rst oor overlooks the space and provides a new perspective. THERE IS MUCH TO CELEBRATE IN THE REFURBISHED GALLERIES including the reinstallation of Frank Stellas Damascus Gate Variation III of 1969 one of the land- mark post-war paintings in the collection and a gift from the artist himself. This 40-foot-wide iconic painting came down 15 years ago when the museum closed for reno- vations and getting it back on view was a priority. We are delighted to have it once again on display with other post1950 art in Targan Gallery. Across from this gallery is SCMAs new Video New Media Gallery the rst space of its kind among the Five Colleges. This gallery created to accommodate classes of varying size is equipped to display the museums growing collection of works that engage emerging technologies such as computer animation virtual reality and other interactive digital data tools and applications. As more contemporary artistsand Smith studentsexplore these new creative media having a dedicated space with optimal light and sound condi- tions became increasingly important. This initiative was spearheaded and supported by SCMAs Contempo- rary Associates donors united in their commitment to helping develop this aspect of the museums collection. The gallerys debut work A Beggar WomanCairo by Korean artist Kimsooja is detailed on page 39. left to right Yao Wu detail from new oor Samuel Morse consulting curator Video New Media Gallery dedication ceremony for opening of the Asian Art Gallery Targan Gallery featuring the Frank Stella painting Damascus Gate Variation III and the Helen Frankenthaler painting Blue Atmosphere II