Saturday, January 11, 2014

MoMA Expansion Involves Demolishing Folk Art Museum

The 54th Street entrance to the Sculpture Garden @MoMA will be free and open to the public.

I applaud the work of DS+R in their efforts to open up the facade of MoMA; making the 54th Street approach accessible and open to the public is a great gesture to those who balk at the exorbitant admission fees. 


I was not a fan of the American Folk Art Museum; the gallery spaces felt cramped, awkward and dark. The experience did not enhance the works but rather detracted from viewing them. The heavy and overwrought materials ran counter to the 'white cube' aesthetic that for better or worse at least provides a neutral setting for the art on view.


I still lament the the DS+R plans for EYEBEAM in Chelsea were never realized.

More about the ill-fated EYEBEAM project here:

Architizer Article Here:
New Diller Scofidio + Renfro Plans For MoMA Finalize Folk Art Museum Demolition

NY Times Article Here:
 Voices Rise in Objection to MoMA Decision to Tear Down Folk Art Building

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