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MoMA [Museum of Modern Art] - Extension
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DESIGNER
 
 
Cesar Pelli

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DESCRIPTION
 
About The Museum of Modern Art
In the late 1920s, three progressive and influential patrons of the arts, Miss Lillie P. Bliss, Mrs. Cornelius J. Sullivan, and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., perceived a need to challenge the conservative policies of traditional museums and to establish an institution devoted exclusively to modern art. They, along with additional original trustees A. Conger Goodyear, Paul Sachs, Frank Crowninshield, and Josephine Boardman Crane, created The Museum of Modern Art in 1929. Its founding director, Alfred H. Barr, Jr., intended the Museum to be dedicated to helping people understand and enjoy the visual arts of our time, and that it might provide New York with “the greatest museum of modern art in the world.”

The rich and varied collection of The Museum of Modern Art constitutes one of the most comprehensive and panoramic views into modern art. From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, The Museum of Modern Art’s collection has grown to approximately 200,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, media and performance art works, architectural models and drawings, design objects, and films. MoMA also owns approximately two million film stills. The Museum’s Library and Archives contain the leading concentration of research material on modern art in the world, and each of the curatorial departments maintains a study center available to students, scholars, and researchers. MoMA’s Library holds over 320,000 items, including books, artists’ books, periodicals, and extensive individual files on more than 90,000 artists. The Museum Archives contains primary source material related to the history of MoMA and modern and contemporary art.

The Museum maintains an active schedule of modern and contemporary art exhibitions addressing a wide range of subject matter, mediums, and time periods, highlighting significant recent developments in the visual arts and new interpretations of major artists and art historical movements. Works of art from its collection are displayed in rotating installations so that the public may regularly expect to find new works on display. Ongoing programs of classic and contemporary films range from retrospectives and historical surveys to introductions of the work of independent and experimental film- and video makers. Visitors also enjoy access to bookstores offering an assortment of publications, and a design store offering objects related to modern and contemporary art and design.

The Museum is dedicated to its role as an educational institution and provides a complete program of activities intended to assist both the general public and special segments of the community in approaching and understanding the world of modern and contemporary art. In addition to gallery talks, lectures, and symposia, the Museum offers special activities for parents, teachers, families, students, preschoolers, bilingual visitors, and people with special needs. In addition, the Museum has one of the most active publishing programs of any art museum and has published more than 2,500 editions appearing in 35 languages.
Museum History Timeline
Museum founded and opens in the Heckscher Building at 730 Fifth Avenue

Seeking more space, the Museum moves to a five-story townhouse at 11 West 53rd Street, owned by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller

The Museum marks its 10th anniversary with a new “International Style” building designed by Philip L. Goodwin and Edward Durell Stone at 11 West 53rd Street [»link]

The Philip Johnson extension is completed [»link]

Cesar Pelli extention is completed

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center becomes an affiliate of MoMA

The newly expanded and renovated Museum, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, opens to the public at 11 West 53rd Street, marking the Museum’s 75th anniversary year [»link]

January 2014
MoMA announces selection of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler, as designer of 2019 expansion [»link]

October 2019
MoMA opens its newly expanded and renovated Museum marking the Museum’s 90th anniversary year [»link]
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LOCATION
 
Continent
North America
Nation
United States
State
New York
Metropolitan area
New York City
County
New York
Town
New York - Manhattan
Borough
Manhattan
Address
11, west 53rd street (Fifth avenue, West 54th street, Avenue of the Americas)
 
 
Telephone
+1.212.708.9400
Website
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Art galleries and exhibition areas
Museums and buildings for exhibitions
Art museums
Operations on existing buildings
Extension, superelevation
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1979    
Realisation
1984
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Nicholas Adams, "Un moderno neomoderno: l'ampliamento del MoMA, architettura e aura al Museum of Modern Art", Casabella 649, ottobre/october 1997, "News" p. 81 (80-85)
"Museum Tower e  ampliamento del MoMA a New York", Casabella 457/458, aprile-maggio/april-may 1980 [Grattacielo: casa dello specchio], pp. 44-48
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STAFF
 
Project
Cesar Pelli & Associates
Project architect
Cesar Pelli, Fred Clarke, Diana Balmori, Tom Morton
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