EVENT: SAH Study Day: A New MoMA! New York, 1 November 2019

This October, there will be a new MoMA. Stunning new galleries and spaces for performance and events will transform the Museum of Modern Art. Along with these physical changes, MoMA will be showing their collection in new and unprecedented ways to bring more voices and perspectives to their galleries. MoMA has grown from a bold experiment to New York’s destination for modern and contemporary art. Working with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler, their continued evolution ensures that they will always present the most innovative art and meet the changing needs of today’s audiences.

You will see firsthand how Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s renovation and expansion increase gallery space and allow the Museum to exhibit significantly more of its diverse collection in deeper and more interdisciplinary ways, to provide visitors with a more welcoming and comfortable experience, and to better connect the Museum to the urban fabric of midtown Manhattan. As part of the completed renovation you will also see the extension of the historic Bauhaus stair to the ground level.

Elizabeth Diller, founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, said, “This project has called on us to work across MoMA’s rich architectural history, incorporating the Museum’s existing building blocks into a comprehensible whole through careful and deliberate interventions into previous logics, as well as the construction of new logics that arise from MoMA’s current aspirations. This work has required the curiosity of an archeologist and the skill of a surgeon. The improvements will make the visitor experience more intuitive and will relieve congestion, while a new circulation network will knit together the expansion spaces with the lobbies, the theaters, and the Sculpture Garden to create a contiguous, free public realm that bridges street to street and art to city. The design integrates the various facets of the Museum’s architectural history, creating a distinct clear-glass façade on 53rd Street that complements the existing Goodwin and Stone, Johnson, and Taniguchi buildings and invites a more open dialogue between interior and exterior spaces.”

For the full programme of the day and registration, please follow this link to the Society of Architectural Historians webpage.

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