Copper in the Arts

December 2018

Armenian Museum of America Opens New Gallery

The Armenian Museum of America recently announced that a new gallery was unveiled with several rare works of historic copper and bronze art on display. Founded in 1971, the museum serves as the largest repository of Armenian artifacts in the diaspora, as well as the largest ethnic museum in Massachusetts.

news.jpgArm Reliquary Brass/Metal. Gift of the Estate of Aghavny Demirjian, 2009.

Photograph courtesy of The Armenian Museum of America.

As part to the new gallery, visitors can view exotic works such as the a rare brass Metal Arm Reliquary, which was a gift of the Estate of Aghavny Demirjian.

As the Museum builds towards the future, it strives to create a stronger, more connected community through shared exploration of Armenian art and history, both for Armenians and those who are new to Armenian culture.

The Museum’s new gallery Armenia: art, culture, eternity provides an overview of Armenian culture from antiquity to present-day Armenian experience here in the United States. More than 50 objects are on display, illustrating Armenia’s origins in the Asian continent, the invention of a unique Indo-European language and alphabet, the early adoption of Christianity, Armenian medieval illuminated manuscripts, interconnected trade routes, and the tragedy of the Genocide.

Armenia: art, culture, eternity is the culmination of twelve months of intense research and design and represents a new level of scholarship and interpretation at the Museum. The project was made possible by the support of the Board of Trustees and was spearheaded by Executive Director Jennifer Liston Munson and architect Virginia Durruty, who worked side-by-side with Michele Kolligian, President of the Board of Trustees, on the inspired design.

The gallery represents an incredible achievement and is the start of a holistic consideration of the entire Museum, which will examine everything from the building’s distinctive Brutalist architecture—including how the hard space is a meaningful metaphor for Armenia’s difficult history—to the Museum’s role in telling the modern Armenian-American cultural narrative.


The Armenian Museum of America, 65 Main St., Watertown, MA, (617) 926-2562

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