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MoMA Returns

MoMA Returns
Three years after closing its doors and moving its collection to a temporary location in Queens, on November 20, 2004 the Museum of Modern Art reopened, unveiling a newly designed 630,000 square foot space with almost twice the capacity of the old museum. The MoMA expansion was the work of Japanese Architect Yoshio Taniguchi, the winner of a 1997 international competition to redesign the Museum. In an interview with Rafael Pi Roman, Taniguchi compares his work to a "teacup," highlighting its understated quality: "Architecture is basically a container of something ... I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea."

This special half-hour of NEW YORK VOICES looks at MoMA's reopening from several perspectives, including interviews with Taniguchi, and Museum Director Glenn Lowry, who orchestrated the $858-million renovation.

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MoMA Returns
DOCUMENTING THE TRANSFORMATION
German-born photographer Michael Wesely is renowned for his long-exposure technique. MoMA commissioned Wesely to mount cameras on buildings throughout the entire construction project in a unique three-year, open-lens process. Anxious to see the results, he developed the film in his hotel bathtub. The resulting prints are part of a new exhibit on display for the museum's reopening.

THE MUSEUM'S ROOTS
Prior to the construction of the new MoMA, Artist/Archeologist Mark Dion led an archaeological dig of the Museum's site, where John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s townhouse stood before its demolition in 1938. His exhibition includes artifacts from the Rockefeller home, highlighting the Museum's roots. Dion describes the process of collecting shards from the old Rockefeller mansion that originally housed the Modern's collection, to the soda can pull-off tops that were left by the construction crews working on the museum in the 1960s.

THE ARTIST
At the heart of every museum is the artist. New York artist Elizabeth Murray, whose works have been featured at MoMA for many years, describes her life as a New York painter before and after her professional success. She also discusses the importance of the museum for contemporary artists.

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THE ARCHITECT
Architect Yoshio Taniguchi discusses his critically-acclaimed design for the greatly expanded museum.
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MoMA director Glenn Lowry discusses the renovated museum and the future of the institution.
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DOCUMENTING THE TRANSFORMATION
Photographer Michael Wesely took photos of MoMA's reconstruction using a special long-exposure technique.

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Elizabeth Murray talks about being a New York artist.
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THE MUSEUM'S ROOTS
Artist Mark Dion collected and catalogued the remnants of MoMA's past.
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Additional funding for this special edition of NEW YORK VOICES provided by Dorothy and Lewis Cullman, The Rockefellers Brothers Foundation, and Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown.

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