NYC’s Museum of Modern Art Expands
By Taylor Smith
The Museum of Modern Art recently announced that it will open its expanded campus on October 21, 2019, with a reimagined presentation of modern art.
The expansion, developed by MoMA with architects Diller Scofidio+Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler, adds more than 40,000 square feet of gallery spaces and enables the museum to exhibit significantly more art. The Studio in the heart of the museum will feature live programming and performances that react to histories of modern art and the current cultural movement. A second-floor Platform for education will invite visitors to connect with art that explores new ideas about the past, present, and future. Street-level galleries will better connect the museum to New York City and bring art closer to people on the streets of midtown Manhattan.
The fifth, fourth, and second floor galleries will offer a deeper experience of art through all mediums. A general chronological uniformity will unite the three floors and serve as a touchstone of continuity for visitors. Individual galleries (organized by medium) will delve into presentations of art and ideas that only MoMA’s collection can offer.
Throughout 2019, MoMA PS1 will remain open and on its regular schedule, Thursday through Monday, 12 to 6 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a major presentation of works by feminist artist and activist Nancy Spero, a retrospective of Lebanese-American artist Simone Fattal, solo exhibitions of New York–based artist Gina Beavers and Native American artist Edgar Heap of Birds, and The Studio Museum artists-in-residence exhibition. The Young Architects Program installation, jointly organized by MoMA and MoMA PS1, will be on view in the courtyard along with architectural models by the five finalists. On Saturdays, from July 6 through September 2, MoMA PS1’s celebrated summer music series Warm Up returns with daylong programs of live and electronic music from around the world.