The atrium of the Art of the Americas Wing at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is seen in this Thursday photo. The new $504 million addition, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster, opens to the public Nov. 20. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
John Singer Sargent's 'The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit' from 1882 is shown with the same vases he used in the painting. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
One of 53 galleries in the Art of the Americas Wing at Boston's MFA showcases modern furniture and art. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Paul Revere silver is among the treasures displayed in the new Art of the Americas Wing at Boston's MFA. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
This period room in the new wing shows what the MFA might have looked like in 1890, with densely-packed displays imitating European exhibitions. The largest, most prestigious paintings were placed at eye level. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
This gallery, called "Impressionism in Boston," showcases the famous painting style with works that reflect local settings. The new Americas Wing at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts opens Nov. 20. Frank Benson's "Calm Morning" (1904) is at right, alongside Edmund Tarbell's "Mother and Child in a Boat" (1892). Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Gold of Costa Rica and Panama is shown at the Art of the Americas Wing at the MFA. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Sculpture graces another of the period rooms in the Boston MFA's new Americas Wing, which opens Nov. 20. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
The Arts and Crafts Gallery in the new Americas Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston includes stained glass and furnishings by Greene & Greene and others. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
A mobile, sculpture, and paintings come together in this gallery in the Art of the Americas Wing at Boston's MFA. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
A famous Eames Lounge and Ottoman (r.) join other midcentury American furniture in this gallery in the Americas Wing of Boston's MFA. The new wing opens to the public Nov. 20. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
“Great architecture need not be over-the-top architecture," siad MFA director Malcolm Rogers. The new Americas Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is a modest four-story rectangle that aims to make the treasures within the stars of the show. It was designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Norman Foster. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power from President Hamid Karzai is in jeapordy. The electoral crisis may undermine President Obama’s efforts to end America’s longest war.
ByBradley Klapper, Associated Press
The US and its allies are growing increasingly concerned as Afghanistan shows signs of unraveling in its first democratic transfer of power from President Hamid Karzai. With Iraq wracked by insurgency, Afghanistan's dispute over election results poses a new challenge to President Barack Obama's effort to leave behind two secure states while ending America's long wars.