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MoMA Unveils Final Design for Revamped Galleries and Expansion Plans

Art News ------- “There’s a tendency to see the museum collection as frozen in time, and it isn’t,” Glenn Lowry, the Museum of Modern Art’s director, told members of the press this morning while unveiling more details of MoMA’s ongoing expansion plans. Along those lines, MoMA is already in the process of getting a facelift that will add 50,000 square feet of gallery space and, as part of a design plan by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, additional adornments including more views of the museum’s sunny garden, a sleek espresso bar, and iPhone charging stations. MoMA’s $400 million expansion, under construction now for a little more than a year, has been controversial from the start. First announced in 2014, the plan included razing of the American Folk Art Museum, as well as moving into several floors of the Jean Nouvel–designed Tower Verre skyscraper (also known as 53W53) next door to the museum on 53rd Street. Last year, MoMA amended its plan to get rid of some of its bolder elements, among them a 54th Street entrance to the museum’s garden and a so-called “Gray Box” performance space. To learn more click on the picture below to read the article.

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