MoMA to Preserve Folk Art Facade

Though it has been confirmed that Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Museum of Modern Art expansion will result in the demise of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects' American Folk Art Museum, the New York Times has confirmed that the beloved copper-bronze facade will be preserved.

“We will take the facade down, piece by piece, and we will store it,” Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, said in an interview. “We have made no decision about what happens subsequently, other than the fact that we’ll have it and it will be preserved.”

The facade’s 63 panels, each three-eighths of an inch thick, are hung on a supporting armature, making preservation easy. However some are concerned with the lack of plans after disassembly, as it is clear MoMA has no intentions of integrating it into the expansion's design.

Read more on the update here on the New York Times.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "MoMA to Preserve Folk Art Facade " 12 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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