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LIC's SculptureCenter has expanded and renovated its building

Howard Halle

Over the last decade, just about every art institution in New York has undergone a significant expansion with some (the Whitney) outgrowing their home, and others (The Met and MoMA) practically duking it out to see which will be the biggest and baddest museum in town.  SculptureCenter's newly completed renovation and addition in Long Island City is modest in comparison , but significant nonetheless.

The interior of former trolley repair shop that makes up the main building (which the center has occupied since 2001) has gained 6,700 square feet in interior space, plus a newly built, 2,000 square-foot structure and 1,500 courtyard and outdoor exhibition space. There's a new lobby containing ticketing facilities, restrooms, a coatroom, a seating area and an elevator to take visitors to new lower level galleries. Things don't necessarily stop there, either. There are future plans for relocating the administrative offices and converting its 1,000 square feet to programming space.

A total addition of nearly 10,000 square feet is a big deal for a venue the size of SculptureCenter. But while the place may be relatively small, it's worth remembering that it's been around since 1928. You can check out its new look on October 5, when SculptureCenter kicks off its latest season with a day-long festival. 


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