November 20, 2004

The "New" MoMA

POST #    1421

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to check out the newly renovated Museum of Modern Art, which had a member's preview before the official re-opening today. I went to the preview first thing Friday morning before going to work. There was a line in front of the entrance that seemed to included mostly retired people. Almost making up for the early opening was the free breakfast food and drinks.

I think the space is beautiful. So open, so clean, so simple. After two and a half year of renovations, there is now 630,000 square feet of space, almost double the pre-renovation space. It was almost an overwhelming collection of art. It's a shame that I had to breeze through the collection, especially since they say this is the "most extensive display of the collection ever—showcasing work from each of the Museum's collection departments", but I plan on going back another time when I can view all the items at a more leisurly pace. Too bad the sculpture garden was still being worked on when I left.

My previous trips to MoMA QNS and P.S. 1.

More information:
- About the new MoMA
- NY Times: Special Section on MoMA
- NY Times:Racing to Keep Up With the Newest (art review)
- NY Times: Art Fuses With Urbanity in a Redesign of the Modern (architecture review)
- New Yorker: Outside the Box (architecture review)

Posted by tien mao in Culture, NYC, Photos at 9:32 AM



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