In an interview in 1964, MoMA’s founding director, Alfred Barr, described what it was that distinguished his institution from other NYC art museums: “[MoMA] is a torpedo moving through time, its head the ever-advancing present, its tail the ever-receding past of 50 to 100 years ago.” His statement reflected the prevailing midcentury view that modernism represented a progressive chronicle in which the torch of important art was passed from Europe to the United States. And indeed, after opening in 1929, MoMA became key to spreading the gospel of modern art over the course of the 20th century, positioning itself as a kind of temple for only the most dedicated aficionados. Today, that approach has largely been discarded in favor of a more inclusive program that features women and artists of color, as well as lesser-known figures from global reaches beyond Europe and the United States. MoMA has become increasingly user-friendly through successive expansions—the most recent of which, in 2019, added 40,000 square feet of new exhibition space, including street-facing galleries free to the public, as well as a dedicated venue for live programming and performances. Current amenities include MoMA’s sculpture garden and cinema, as well a Michelin-starred restaurant run by Danny Meyer (don’t worry; there are also less-expensive dining options). Then there’s The MoMA Design Store, which sells furnishings and other merchandise as well as books. Still, it’s hard for MoMA to completely shake of its legacy; people still come to see famous artists such as Picasso and Matisse, after all. But through repeated renewal and re-invention, MoMA has exceeded its original role as modernism’s incubator to become one of NYC’s most important—and visited—museums.
Where is the Museum of Modern Art?
The museum is at 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth Ave and Avenue of the Americas.
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What’s the best way to get to the Museum of Modern Art?
Take the B, D, F, M to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr; E, M to Fifth Ave–53rd St.
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The best current and upcoming MoMA exhibits
The incubator for 20th century art, the Museum of Modern Art (founded in 1929) has sheparded cutting-edge movements such as Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Minimalism into the mainstream. MoMA's collection of Modern painting, sculpture and architecture is arguably the most complete of its kind anywhere in the world, and it continues to grow with the addition of artworks by contemporary artists—many of whom have been fostered at MoMA's Long Island City satellite, MoMA PS1. You can find out which shows are at both locations—including exciting exhibitions of Joan Miró and midcentury modernist design—with our list of the best current and upcoming exhibits at MoMA and MoMA PS1. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The Museum of Modern Art will close for four months this summer
One of the most famous museums in New York is about to take an extended summer vacation. The Museum of Modern Art announced today that it will be closing for four months this summer beginning June 15. During the closure, the museum will undergo an extensive renovation and reorganization of its galleries. The massive overhaul will be completed as the institution moves into its neighboring 40,000 square foot expansion designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler. (The construction of which resulted in the demolition of the striking former home of the American Folk Art museum). The larger footprint will not only allow MoMA to show more art in new configurations, but a new space called The Studio (located in the heart of the museum) will feature live programming and performances as well. Free street-level galleries in the expanded ground floor will also be on view for the public. Photograph: Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro “Inspired by Alfred Barr’s original vision to be an experimental museum in New York, the real value of this expansion is not just more space, but space that allows us to rethink the experience of art in the Museum,” said Glenn D. Lowry, The David Rockefeller Director of The Museum of Modern Art. “We have an opportunity to re-energize and expand upon our founding mission—to welcome everyone to experience MoMA as a laboratory for the study and the presentation of the art of our time, across all visual arts.” When t