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To Expand, MoMA Must First Raze

The Museum of Modern Art has decided to demolish a building that's only 12 years old to make way for the museum’s expansion plans.

The building in question, the American Folk Art Museum with its sculptural bronze facade, has been praised by architecture critics, according to the New York Times.

Robin Pogrebin, a culture reporter for The New York Times, told WNYC’s Soterios Johnson that museum officials are looking to create a “cohesive MoMA campus” on 53rd Street.

“The idea is that the Folk Art not consistent with their aesthetic, which is glass and transparent,” Pogrebin explained. “It’s set back further from the street, which doesn’t align with MoMA’s other buildings.”

Listen to Soterios Johnson's full interview with Robin Pogrebin above.