The expansion, developed by MoMA with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler, adds more than 40,000 square feet of gallery spaces and enables the Museum
to exhibit significantly more art in new and interdisciplinary ways. The Studio in the heart of the Museum will feature live programming and performances that react to, question, and challenge histories of modern art and the current cultural moment. An innovative second floor Creativity Lab for education will invite visitors to connect with art that explores new ideas about the present, past, and future. Street-level galleries, free and open to all on the
expanded ground floor, will better connect the Museum to New York City and bring art closer to people on the streets of midtown Manhattan.
“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 presentation of the art of our time, across all visual arts.”
The fifth-, fourth-, and second-floor galleries, including the new David Geffen Wing with over 30,000 square feet of new gallery space, will offer a deeper experience of art through all mediums and by artists from more diverse geographies and backgrounds than ever before.
A general chronological spine will unite the three floors and serve as a touchstone of continuity for visitors. Individual galleries, some of which will be medium-specific, will delve into presentations of art and ideas that only MoMA’s collection can offer. This curatorial vision foregrounds the complex relationships among works of art and leverages the new architecture to encourage a multitude of possible routes through the Museum.
Recognizing that there is no single or complete history of modern and contemporary art, the Museum will systematically rotate a selection of art in these collection galleries every six to nine months. By 2022, MoMA will have re-choreographed each of its galleries across the fifth, fourth, and second floors—and will constantly renew the presentation.
The new MoMA will open earlier to the public, at 10:00 a.m. on October 21st; extend its hours until 9:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month; continue to offer exceptional dining options; and launch a new Museum Store, featuring the most comprehensive assortment of collection-related and curator-reviewed books and products.