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New Museum Plans Expansion After Raising $43 Million

The New Museum will be expanding into the building it owns next door to its current location at 235 Bowery, according to Randy Kennedy in the New York Times. The announcement came together with the news that the museum has raised a forty-three million dollar portion of its eighty-million-dollar capital campaign—“the largest fund-raising effort in its history,” Kennedy writes. The New Museum’s current building, designed by SANAA, will be joined with its neighbor at 231 Bowery, resulting in over 100,000 square feet of space. Right now the museum has 58,000 square feet at its disposal.

“Our building is just too small for what we’re doing,” James-Keith Brown, president of the museum’s board, said. Lisa Phillips, its director, elaborated: “We’ve known for a long time that we wanted an expansion, but we’ve been thinking about what an expansion means for a museum like this.”