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Norton Museum of Art closes to freshen up for fall season

The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach will be closed Tuesday through Sept. 16 as it freshens up for the coming season. Here are some of the more obvious changes you’ll find when they re-open the doors in a couple of weeks:

The lobby will get a major new work, the third in the series of large entry installations, this one by New York-based painter Mickalene Thomas, known for her feminist themes and elaborate, rhinestone-studded paintings. Thomas’ as-yet-untitled installation will include a collage of her photographs and other media on a painted vinyl background. And for your contemplating pleasure, the lobby will include a new espresso bar.

The final work in the Norton’s Masterpiece of the Month series will be on display Sept. 17: the 300-year-old Chinese masterpiece “Court Portrait of Yinli, Prince Guo,” which will be on view through Oct. 20. The portrait of the 17th son of the KangxiÖ Emperor (who reigned 1661-1722) will be displayed publicly for the first time. Laurie Barnes, the Elizabeth B. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art, will discuss the work at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

The eighth annual Chinese Moon Festival celebration will fill the museum with family-friendly activities, tours, music, tea and mooncakes from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 21.

The Norton Museum of Art is at 1451 S. Olive Ave., in West Palm Beach. For more information, call 561-832-5196 or go to

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