A full-scale replica of the "Psycho" house touches down on the roof of the Met
For the past few years, the roof garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has supported major, site-specific art installations. The sweeping rooftop perched above Manhattan's 5th Avenue has previously seen works by Pierre Huyghe, Dan Graham, and Tomas Saraceno, among other. This summer, a... View full entry
Shohei Shigematsu of OMA transforms the Met for the spring Costume Institute exhibit
NOT MANY ARCHITECTS get to reshape a wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But Shohei Shigematsu, who runs the New York branch of Rem Koolhaas’s Rotterdam-based firm, OMA, has done precisely that. This month he converts a skylit, double-height section of the museum—the 1970s Robert Lehman Wing—into a graceful, cathedral-like setting for Manus x Machina, the Costume Institute’s spring show, opening May 5.
— the Wall Street Journal
The exhibit, curated by Andrew Bolton, considers "the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of industrialization and mass production."Accordingly... View full entry
As the Met moves into the old Whitney, can it shrug off the iconic building's associations with its former tenant?
On March 18, when the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens an annex at Madison Avenue and 75th Street in Manhattan, it will be attempting to shrug off the ghost of a museum past.
The specter is the Whitney Museum of American Art, which called the iconic Marcel Breuer building on that corner home for nearly five decades. In an eight-year deal, the Met is leasing the Breuer building from the Whitney— which relocated to its dazzling new Renzo Piano–designed home last year...
— Architectural Record
The Breuer-designed building will house some of the Met's modern and contemporary collection. But shrugging off the association between the Brutalist masterpiece and its former tenant may prove a tough task. For many, nothing say's "the Whitney" more than those protruding windows...For related... View full entry
Undisciplining the discipline: Beatrice Galilee @ SCI-Arc
Exhibiting architecture is a notoriously difficult and contentious task. After all, how do you represent a spatial practice without neglecting the very qualities that made it worth representing in the first place? Nonetheless, it has a long history – extending at least as far back as the... View full entry
The Met selects David Chipperfield to design its new museum wing
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has named the architect for the institution's latest expansion project: David Chipperfield, the British master of elegance with offices in London, Berlin, Shanghai & Milan, was selected after a year-long research and selection process and announced... View full entry
The Met appoints Beatrice Galilee as Associate Curator of Architecture & Design
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has appointed Beatrice Galilee as the Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design for the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, as announced by Museum Director and CEO Thomas P. Campbell. Galilee's title is one of two new Museum... View full entry
Parsons and the Met team up to increase accessibility for disabled
As virtual access to art collections expands through online walk-throughs and projects like Google’s Open Gallery, museums have long been experimenting within their own halls with ways to accommodate a wider range of visitors, particularly those with disabilities. Historically, museums... View full entry
Tomas Sarceno's Met Museum Rooftop Installation 'Cloud City' Now Open
Yesterday's gray sky and drizzle couldn't keep anxious press away from the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art where Argentine artist and architect Tomas Saraceno was officially debuting his new project "Cloud City". A sculptural constellation of 16 geodesic pods, Cloud City "floats" above the museum's roof anchored by steel cables... The futuristic construction features over 100 planes...