Magazine article Artforum International

New Again. (News)

Magazine article Artforum International

New Again. (News)

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At a time when long-established organizations such as the Guggenheim Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art have been forced to shelve expansion plans in line with austere budgets, the New Museum of Contemporary Art has announced plans to construct a state-of-the-art $35 million facility at 235 Bowery, just a few blocks east of its current base at 583 Broadway.

The Bowery site, at present an eight-thousand-square-foot parking lot, is located between Stanton and Rivington Streets at the beginning of Prince Street. Plans call for a sixty-thousand-square-toot building, twice the size of the museum's SoHo digs. Construction will be financed by the pending sale of the current site--the value of which has increased exponentially since the institution moved therein 1983--as well as via a $12 million capital campaign and a bond offering. The museum is also angling for post-9/12. government funds.

The new building will incorporate increased exhibition and education spaces, a theater, a new-media center, a bookstore, and a cafe. Five architects--Abalos & Herreros, Adjaye Associates, Gigon/Guyer, Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nlshlzawa/SANAA Ltd. …

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