MOMA Keeps Expanding And Expanding

It’s hard to believe there was a time when you could visit the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York and not be run over by tourists. Ever since the building’s expansion the experience of viewing art there is basically an extension of Times Square. As the museum expands yet again, under the baton of director Glenn Lowry (pictured) critics warn that the project — which will create an ‘art bay’ open to West 53rd Street where ‘spontaneous events’ could be accommodated; free admission for the entire first floor; and a new combination gallery-and-performance space — will move the museum only further in a crowd-pleasing direction, eroding the seriousness and critical distance from popular culture that built its reputation. And Maude agreed.

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