Ambitious Redesign of MoMA Doesn’t Spare a Notable Neighbor

January 8, 2014 10:45 PM

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Ambitious Redesign of MoMA Doesn’t Spare a Notable Neighbor

The Museum of Modern Art unveiled on Wednesday a sweeping redesign of its Midtown building, featuring a retractable glass wall, new gallery space and the opening of its entire first floor, including the beloved sculpture garden, free to the public.

It is unclear whether this grand, ambitious plan will be enough to quell protests over a long-contemplated and controversial part of the museum’s overhaul: the razing of its next-door neighbor on West 53rd Street, the noteworthy, if idiosyncratic, former home of the American Folk Art Museum.

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