The Adele Kassab Art Gallery is the primary department exhibition space in the Hyman Fine Arts Center. This gallery provides relatively large, secure glass cases for three dimensional exhibits as well as fixed and movable walls for two dimensional shows. The neutral tint double-glaze glass curtain wall between the gallery and the breezeway provides natural northwest light while minimizing UV exposure. All interior lighting in the gallery is LED.
2-D: The fixed walls have floor-to-track lighting clearance of 8′-4″ and are divided into three runs of 9′ (north-east wall), 15′ (east wall) and 24′ (south wall). Additional display space is in the form of 8′ high sectional walls, which can provide up to 100′ of added display wall. These can be aligned for longer displays, or laid out in a variety of configurations (within the constraints of the overhead track lighting grid).
Open space in the main gallery has a vertical clearance of 16′-4″ from floor to first obstruction (HVAC vents) except under the overhead walkway (7′-4″ clearance) and under track lighting grid (8′ clearance).
3-D Display Considerations: Exhibits with a definite “front” typically face south (into the gallery, away from the exterior glass walls). The cases are framed in brushed aluminum. In addition to corner posts, there is a single 3″x3″ vertical post centered along the length of each of the smaller cases, dividing the each area into two 51″ wide ‘windows.’ The larger case has two such posts, giving two 51″ windows and a slightly smaller 48″ window on the west end. The interior is not obstructed, but the frameworks give the impression the cases are divided into nine distinct display areas instead of four. There is an aluminum grid 81.5″ above the floor in each cases, a central bar running the length of each case and a crossing member at each vertical post. The grid can support light hanging works (to 40 lbs.) or add stability to tall, narrow-based works, but not much more than that. One final point: due to the traffic pattern in the lobby, the east-most case dominates.