Many people consider museums to be large buildings filled with art. You rarely tell your friends to meet you at a museum for coffee. You would also probably not consider a museum as a place to go see a live show. Well, your idea of what a museum is supposed to be might change in the near future. At least this is what I believe The Museum of Modern Art and its recently hired architecture firm are hoping to accomplish.
A massive new building project will expand the museum’s public spaces and galleries, which will allow for visitors to have a more open and accessible experience. Where is the space for MoMA to expand? Apparently, it is taking over a residential tower right next door, as well as the American Folk Art Museum. The well known architectural firm they are working with, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will be creating an entire new building on top of the Folk Art site. Part of the redesigning includes a complete glass-walled gallery for contemporary art and performance—it will open directly onto 53rd street, making it a “free public gathering space.” MoMA states that this new expansion will
“provide an even more enlivening and participatory experience, a space for both contemplation and conversation.”
One thing that’s easily envisioned from this—MoMA will have bigger, more elaborate events in the future. With all this new space, they will have the capacity to host more “stages” at art, music, or film shows (or even all of the above).
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