June 2, 2010—The Mead closed its doors this week to begin a top-down re-installation of each of its galleries. This afternoon, museum staffers half expected tumbleweed to roll through the barren landscape of South Fairchild, with its white walls and abandoned brass hooks. Two stragglers, Asher B. Durand's In the Woods and John Rogers's Union Refugees created a kind of weird, impromptu minimalist installation. After the gallery had been completely cleared and artwork safely placed in storage, preparator Tim Gilfillan began work on tearing down the island triangle. The museum will remain closed the entire month of June, with selected galleries reopening in July and August.