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American Folk Art Museum’s Former Building to Be Demolished

The building belonging to the American Folk Art Museum, New York, located on 45 West Fifty-third Street, is set to be demolished by the end of the year, reports Robin Pogrebin of the New York Times. Built in 2001 and designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the structure has been known for its brutalist bronze façade that sits adjacent to the predominantly glass exterior of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. It was recently purchased by MoMA, and will undergo a major expansion. The Folk Art Museum was forced to sell the property after needing to pay off a $32 million debt from its own expansion. The museum now operates at a smaller site at Lincoln Square. Precisely what will be exhibited in MoMA’s addition, totaling fifty thousand square feet, has yet to be determined. MoMA director Glenn D. Lowry said it will most likely display works from the museum’s “midcentury collections, early modern collections, and temporary exhibitions.”

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