The museum will take this as an opportunity to reconsider and revamp how it displays its collections. Art by female, Latino, Asian, African American, and other artists who have been overlooked from the canon will be given greater prominence in the new gallery spaces across the fifth, sixth, and seventh floors. While those spaces will retain a chronological narrative, the museum will begin displaying different mediums in juxtaposition, instead of having dedicated galleries for painting, sculpture, architecture, design, photography, performance, film and works on paper. The inaugural exhibitions opening on October 19th will feature work by Betye Saar, Pope L., and a survey of Latin American Art.
“Inspired by Alfred Barr’s original vision to be an experimental museum in New York, the real value of this expansion is not just more space, but space that allows us to rethink the experience of art in the Museum,” said Glenn D. Lowry, The David Rockefeller Director of The Museum of Modern Art, in a press statement. “We have an opportunity to re-energize and expand upon our founding mission — to welcome everyone to experience MoMA as a laboratory for the study and presentation of the art of our time, across all visual arts.”