Petitions and Design Ideas Sprout to Save Folk Art Museum Building.

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Friday, April 19, 2013
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As the chorus of criticism swells against MoMA’s plan to demolish the former home of the American Folk Art Museum, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, a pair of petitions have been posted urging the Modern to reconsider its demolition plans. Also, a crowd-sourced tumblr, #FolkMoMA, is soliciting ideas for reuse of Williams and Tsien’s building. With all the action online, will anyone be taking to the streets for some old fashioned picketing? Will anyone chain themselves to the bronze facade? Has all this worry actually left the bubble of the architecture community?

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One Response to “Petitions and Design Ideas Sprout to Save Folk Art Museum Building.”

  1. When a museum abandons its own building because it is not sustainable what is left? Yes lets preserve the facade but does this building merit preservation? In my opinion it is not the best work of these very capable architects and it is too easy to target says:

    When a museum abandons its own building, who is to blame? This is not the best work of these architects and perhaps they should be happy to see it go. Could we preserve the metal facade relocated in Central Park?Artists often destroy their own work that doesn’t conform what they consider important to preserve. I would like to hear from the architects themselves an argument why MoMA should preserve this small building as they built all around it a very tall tower. The current scale and context will change. Even if preserved the architecture would be compromised. Architecture, paradoxically, when built is the most ephemeral of the arts

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