The complete Museum of Modern Art expansion by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Gensler is set to open in New York. The expansion adds more than 40,000 square feet of gallery spaces for exhibiting art. Launched in 2014, the first phase of renovations on the east end was completed in 2017, and the second phase of expansion on the west end is now complete and ready to open to the public. As DS+R state, the Studio in the heart of the Museum will feature live programming and performances that react to, question, and challenge histories of modern art and the current cultural moment. The second-floor Crown Creativity Lab for education was designed by Gensler and it invites visitors to connect with art that explores new ideas about the present, past, and future. Street-level galleries, free and open on the expanded ground floor, will connect the Museum to New York and the streets of midtown Manhattan. DS+R goes on to say that, "The design optimized current spaces to be more flexible and technologically sophisticated, expanded and opened up the main lobby into a light-filled, double-height space that connects seamlessly between West 53rd and 54th Streets, and created a multitude of circulation routes with more areas for visitors to pause and reflect."
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