The new Arts Gateway: Raclin Murphy Museum of Art

To blend past and present, art and teaching, FiresideND and NDWorks Podcast step inside to see the sights and hear the sounds of the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art, opened to the public Friday, December 1, 2023.

Inside the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art, a sprawling space has been crafted to unite classic and contemporary in a dance that engages the senses.

November 30, 2023; The Raclin Murphy Museum of Art. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

From its stunning atrium, rich with natural light, to a chapel bringing a light of its own to this sacred space, the new centerpiece of the University of Notre Dame’s Arts Gateway is poised for a new chapter of engagement with the arts.

Director of Internal Communications Jenna Liberto talks with Becherer as the finishing touches are being put on the new museum — a centerpiece of Notre Dame’s Arts Gateway.

Joe Becherer, director and curator of sculpture for the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art, shares his hopes for these new artistic spaces and why it’s time for Notre Dame’s art collections to shine.

December 3, 2023; Indigenous dancers, drummers, and singers perform in the atrium during the grand opening weekend at the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

“My hope is that these spaces, my hope is that these programs, my hope is that the energy and the generosity of the donors shine for Notre Dame, but make Notre Dame come alive in the world in a way that it maybe hasn’t in the past,” said Becherer.

December 3, 2023; Indigenous dancers, drummers, and singers perform in the atrium during the grand opening weekend at the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

The Raclin Murphy Museum of Art opened to the public on Friday, December 1, 2023. This 132,000-square-foot complex is being constructed in two phases, the first of which brings to the University of Notre Dame campus and greater South Bend community 70,000 square feet of renowned art collections considered among the finest in the country.

To virtually tour the galleries of the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art, please visit In the Galleries: Experience the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art. To read articles from Notre Dame Magazine and ND Stories related to the opening of the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art, please visit stories.nd.edu. To see the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art come to life over time, visit Raclin Murphy Museum of Art: A Storied History, A New Beginning for behind the scenes videos.

The NDWorks Podcast is edited by Michael Wiens with original music by Alex Mansour. This episode was first published at ndworks.nd.edu on November 27, 2023.

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