In California, all construction — including museum expansions — has been categorized as essential. While much of the art world is standing still, expansions at LACMA, the Hammer, and other museums are prompting both questions and criticisms.
MoMA’s recent expansion embodies the tension between the ways in which cultural spaces can offer visitors comfortable narratives and on the other, how they can suggest the potential for radical inclusiveness by iteration, reinvention, and reinstallation.
It’s time to conceive of museums as social, educational centers with libraries, classrooms, gathering spaces where everyone — especially young people — love to hang out.
The renovation aims to be big enough to not only hold the institution’s art, but its promises.
Current museum expansions are hung up on the concept of size. Instead, could we rethink the “grow or die” museum mentality of the 1990s and 2000s?
With its new Watershed space, the ICA has to navigate a delicate balance of bringing art into East Boston without displacing the communities and artists already there.
The shiny new building, designed by Morphosis Architects, will double the museum’s exhibition space when it opens in 2021.
As part of its ongoing plans to renovate and expand its building, the Museum of Modern Art will reconfigure its third floor, which currently houses its Architecture and Design, Photography, and Drawings galleries — a move that may drastically reduce the number of rooms in the museum devoted to specific media.
If you thought the Eurocentric gods may have been toppled from their comfortable perches at the top of Mt. Met, you’ll be sorely disappointed.
In disappointing news for those excited for a futuristic new Museum of Modern Art with retractable glass walls and moving floors, the museum has just unveiled scaled-back plans for its upcoming renovation.
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art announced yesterday a major expansion of its current Soho space that will result in the near doubling of the young institution’s footprint.
Given the Studio Museum’s unique position in the city’s arts and culture landscape, this rebuild, the first since the museum took up residence in its current space in 1982, seems to indeed be a cause to celebrate.