The Museum of Modern Art in New York – the MoMA – reopens to the public this Monday, October 21st, just in time to celebrate the 90th anniversary. The project was born in 1928 with three women (Miss Lillie P. Bliss, Mrs. Cornelius J. Sullivan, and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr.) who thought New York needed a museum of modern art. They rented offices on the top floor of a building and the following year opened the place they called The Museum of Moderrn Art. The growth of the project and the ever-crowded elevators quickly led to the move to a house in 1932, and seven years later it was built. in a building of its own. By 1939, the museum was a well-known success story that was extended throughout the country with touring exhibits, including photo shows and a library of films.
The 1958 fire was one of the difficult times the museum went through, but it never slowed growth. In 1964 MoMA underwent the first expansion (by architect Philip Johnson), followed by two more (by César Pelli in 1984 and Japanese Yoshio Taniguchi in 2004) to the current building that was developed by MoMA with the architects. Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler who will add more than 3,000 square meters in galleries to the museum space. There are three highlights in the museum that reopens today to the public: the Studio, which will feature a schedule of cultural events, a Creativity Lab on the 2nd floor dedicated to education, and new galleries on the ground floor, free for promote the link between the museum and New York City.
In 1976 the MoMA P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center was born in Queens (Long Island), focused on more experimental contemporary art. In 2000 the two museums merged and became the largest contemporary art platform in the United States of America. MoMA has a collection of around 200,000 works of art and receives 3 million visitors a year, approximately half nationally and half internationally. In June, Kate Fowle joined the museum as new director in a year of news and celebration.
Where? New York
When? October 21st
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