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Crowded into a small vitrine as a kind of visual footnote at one end of the exhibition are four long objects of similar scale.
They are accompanied by a vitrine holding a sampling of an archive about Ms. King, started by her grandmother and continued by her sister Petita Cole, a project perhaps unprecedented in the history of outsider art that Mr. Byrne calls Boswellian.
Williams-Tsien has replaced the stairway windows with light boxes, and their vitrine lets natural light into a gallery designated for sculpture not sensitive to the sun.
The ground floor was originally divided into three glass vitrines to maximize space for product display.
Enormous sprays of blossoming plum branches loomed everywhere; in a tribute to the location, oversized faux-medieval books lay open on tables; and a series of vitrines displayed opulent, one-off trinkets.
Among the vitrines, the scholar’s eye fell upon a ragged bit of a sixth-century papyrus fragment containing lines from Galatians 2 in Coptic.
Stones carved and collected by Neanderthals 150,000 years ago appear in vitrines.
The glass vitrines were replaced with flat shop windows.
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Did You Know?
The history of "vitrine" is clear as glass. It comes to English by way of the Old French word vitre, meaning "pane of glass," from Latin vitrum, meaning "glass." "Vitrum" has contributed a number of words to the English language besides "vitrine." "Vitreous" ("resembling glass" or "relating to, derived from, or consisting of glass") is the most common of these. "Vitrify" ("to convert or become converted into glass or into a glassy substance by heat and fusion") is another. A much rarer "vitrum" word - and one that also entered English by way of "vitre" - is vitrailed, meaning "fitted with stained glass."
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