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Huntington's new gallery rooms show promise
Huntington's new gallery rooms show promise

Sometimes an art museum opens new galleries more as an expression of ambition and possibility for the future than as the culmination of a completed achievement. That seems to be the case at the Huntington in San Marino, which on July 19 will inaugurate five new rooms in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. The handsome new galleries, former storage rooms, show where the museum hopes to go. Specifically, the Huntington now has clear ambitions to develop a substantial collection of 20th century American art — one that will extend its already significant holdings in 18th and 19th century American paintings, sculptures, works on paper and decorative arts. The 20th...