A Conversation on the Museum of Modern Art’s Plan for Expansion


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The Architectural League, the Municipal Art Society, and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter

invite you to

A Conversation on the Museum of Modern Art’s Plan for Expansion

On Wednesday, January 8, the Museum of Modern Art announced plans for expansion of its facilities westward, into several floors of a new tower to be built adjacent to the museum and on the site of the former American Folk Art Museum building. The plans by Diller Scofidio + Renfro include the demolition of the American Folk Art Museum building and reconfiguration of a number of spaces in the existing Museum of Modern Art.

The expansion plan and demolition of the American Folk Art Museum building have provoked considerable controversy. This conversation about the expansion plan will include a presentation of the proposed project by Glenn Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art, and Elizabeth Diller, principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, followed by a panel discussion of issues raised by the plan, moderated by Reed Kroloff, director of the Cranbrook Academy. Panelists will be Cathleen McGuigan, editor of Architectural Record; architect and preservation theorist Jorge Otero-Pailos; critic and writer Nicolai Ouroussoff; Stephen Rustow, principal of design firm Museoplan; and architectural consultant and writer Karen Stein.

Video documentation of the event will be available shortly after the program on the sponsoring institutions’ websites.

Time & Place
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
6:30 p.m.
The New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street
New York City
LEAGUE MEMBER TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT — Reservations required. League members may reserve for one ticket. Contributing, Supporting, and Sustaining members may reserve for two tickets. Circle and Council members may reserve for up to four tickets. Tickets are extremely limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on January 23. To reserve, email.  Email rsvp@archleague.org with questions. Tickets will not be available to walk-ins at the door.