Jerry Saltz Wants Artists to Protest MoMA’s Expansion Project
The proposal has already come under fire for its decision to destroy the former American Folk Art Museum building, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, but Saltz thinks the plan has even bigger problems. Namely, the plan relegates “the greatest collection of modernism on Earth . . . to rotating storage,” and “irretrievably dooms MoMA to being a business-driven carnival.”
He calls the Diller Scofidio + Renfro redesign “MoMA’s Robert Moses moment,” and argues that only a concerted effort from the artists represented in the museum’s collection can stop the plan from moving forward (artists were influential in the successful efforts to block the construction of Moses’s Lower Manhattan Expressway).
The clock is ticking, as the wrecking ball is scheduled to begin its work in May.
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