Thursday, November 02, 2006

Manhattan Is Modern Again

When the Museum of Modern Art reopened after being closed for remodeling, it used the slogan "Manhattan is Modern Again."

Modernist architecture is known for ignoring its context and killing adjacent streets, and MOMA certainly upholds that principle. On 54th St., it has a blank fence facing the sidewalk and a blank wall towering above it. This modernist building is a striking contrast with the welcoming nineteenth-century row houses on the other side of this street.

When you walk down this street, it is hard to understand why they expect us to be pleased that Manhattan is modern again.


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