New York City’s Museum of Modern Art has held its legacy since opening in 1929 as the epicenter for modern and contemporary art. The largest and most alighted in the country. For four months now, the museum has been closed as it’s the eighth renovation is taking place, the last one having been fifteen years ago. The time is arriving for its October re-opening, and New York City is buzzing as crowds patiently anticipate this expansion.
“We are gonna open on time,” said MoMA’s director Glenn Lowry. “You know, one of the things that I’ve come to learn is that these types of projects come together in the last minutes. So, we will open on time, and it will look fantastic.”
The “New MoMA” is set to open October 21. Estimated to cost $450 million, the makeover will include an entirely new wing, increasing the museum’s gallery space by nearly 30 percent. That means space for about one thousand additional pieces of art. Every detail was carefully minded. Masterpieces were removed from the walls and cleaned, lighting is now taking over the lobby creating a more inviting and celebratory vibe as the store was moved downstairs, and the master stairway was retouched. The stairwells are lined with micro-perforated wood panels: “Tiny little perforations on these panels allow the sound to be absorbed, partially, by the panels themselves. Usually, wood reflects the sound; here, it’s absorbing.”