An open letter to the Museum of Modern Art

The League's 2013 statement on plans to demolish the American Folk Art Museum building.

April 22, 2013

American Folk Art museum. Credit: Giles Ashford

The Architectural League calls on the Museum of Modern Art to reconsider its decision to demolish the American Folk Art Museum. The Museum of Modern Art—the first museum with a permanent curatorial department of architecture and design—should provide more information about why it considers it necessary to tear down this significant work of contemporary architecture. The public has a substantial and legitimate interest in this decision, and the Museum of Modern Art has not yet offered a compelling justification for the cultural and environmental waste of destroying this much-admired, highly distinctive twelve-year-old building.

Annabelle Selldorf, President
Rosalie Genevro, Executive Director


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