PRINT Summer 1997


MoMA's Architectural Competition

INSTITUTIONS MOVE FORWARD by renegotiating their own history. Drawing on its legacy of architectural provocation and promotion, beginning with the International Style show of 1932, the Museum of Modern Art is nearing the final stages of preparing for its renovation and expansion. Though a number of recent museum statements describe the expansion as simply the next logical step in MoMA’s historical growth and development, deputy director for curatorial affairs and chief curator at large John Elderfield goes so far as to call the scope of the project “a reconceptualization of the entire facility.”

The museum is not alone in taking this project seriously. The international design competition has garnered the kind of media attention usually reserved for sports events and celebrity sightings. In New York City, where public architecture is nearly always business as usual and most big projects go

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