Following a swift expansion that saw the museum closed for the entire summer and early fall, New York City’s iconic Museum of Modern Art — MoMA, as it’s affectionately known — is finally preparing to reopen.
Architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro have been working in tandem with Gensler to completely reimagine MoMA for a new era of modern art and art enthusiasts. Part expansion, part reconfiguration, the museum now has an additional 30,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well as innovative studios, galleries and multipurpose rooms.
As the museum prepares for its 90th anniversary, it’s not just focused on growing its collection: the $450 million transformation also shepherds in a moment of spectacular proliferation for MoMA in terms of the voices, perspectives and artists represented in this revered institution.
So, whether you’re visiting the MoMA for the first time this fall or you’re a veritable regular, here’s what you can expect when the museum reopens on October 21.
According to the chief curator of drawings and prints, Christophe Cherix, a handful of iconic masterpieces will remain on display. If you’re traveling to see Van Gogh’s iconic “The Starry Night” or “The Red Stuiod,” by Henri Matisse, don’t panic. But as much as a third of the permanent collection could rotate as swiftly as every six months, making it possible for visitors to return time and time again without being repeatedly exposed to the same artworks.
When the MoMA reopens, visitors can look forward to seven fall exhibits, including a survey of modern art across four South American nations; a sonic soundscape constructed from found objects; and 100 homemade films from the 20th century on 16- and 8-millimeter film.
In addition to additional square footage, the MoMA expansion is amplifying the ways in which museum curators and the public can experience art. For the first time, an entire space has been dedicated to performance art. At the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio, the MoMA will feature theatrical performances, showcase works in progress and immersive multimedia installations.
It’s not just the museum galleries that have been overhauled. When MoMA welcomes visitors for the opening season, it will also flaunt an overhauled shop: now a double-height store with over 2,000 publications, reproductions and exclusive designs. Case in point: limited-edition Champion sweatshirts (available from Oct. 1)
Some of the changes the MoMA is ushering in include public access to the entire ground floor, making their hallowed collections more accessible. The museum will also boast extended hours and a new, dedicated entrance with exclusive early-morning access for members.