Here's the story by the numbers:
- MOMA closed its doors yesterday, June 15, 2019.
- It will reopen October 21, 2019.
- Six openings in its western wall will be cut, connecting three floors of new galleries to existing galleries.
- Additional space for the permanent collection: 40,000 square feet.
- Cost of expansion: $450 million.
But most importantly, it will allow for a more progressive, inclusive approach to the display of its collection. Expect to see more representation from non-European artists, from minorities and from women. Expect to see fewer examples from the "canon" of modern art: work by the Big Names, like Picasso, Matisse, and Braque. There is some speculation that the museum plans to sell off some of these holdings to create a more representative collection. This process, known as "deaccession", is never without controversy.
You can read more about this in a recent article from The New York Times.
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