Sacramentans rejoice: the Crocker Art Museum is expanding. I drive by the museum every day on my way home from work, and I am excited by what I see. While I know that some locals have a nostalgic soft spot for the original Victorian house, I believe the open layout and lighting of museums such as the SFMOMA or the Getty are much more conducive to a positive and impactful art-viewing experience. Not to mention the fact that more space means more art (whether in scale or volume). And that is almost always a good thing.
Though the new wing is flanked by the busy I-5, the pictures in Dwell's recent article promise a place of tranquility and reflection worthy of the (hopefully) world-class art to be housed within. According to banners displayed on the old Victorian, the grand opening is slated for 10/10/10. Here's hoping the new building is a perfect 10 as well.