In today’s New York Times, Nicolai Ouroussoff waxes on the relationship between art and architecture as he consider’s SANAA’s New Musesum of Contemporary Art Building.
In recent years, it has become dismally clear that the art institutions that redefined New York culture in the 20th century are no longer invested in propelling it forward in the 21st. Despite its elegance, the recent $850 million expansion of the Museum of Modern Art had more to do with consolidating the museum’s position as an arbiter of high taste than with engaging in the messy, ever-shifting realities of the art and cultural scenes.
In 2003 the Whitney Museum signaled that it valued security over experimentation when it dropped a radical design for an addition by Rem Koolhaas, eventually replacing it with a conservative proposal by Renzo Piano…
The question on every New York architect’s lips is whether the museum will be willing to organize the kind of architecture shows we so desperately crave: shows with a strong critical point of view, like the ones that MoMA mounted in its glory days.