MoMA to Close Design Galleries, Architects Protest Border Wall Competition—and More

The museum will no longer have “medium-specific” galleries.

MoMA's 2012 exhibition, "Born Out of Necessity"
MoMA’s 2012 exhibition, “Born Out of Necessity.”

MoMA ditches its architecture and design galleries. The museum has had dedicated “medium-specific” galleries since the 1960s, but now it plans to merge its displays of architectural models, drawings and design objects with larger permanent collections galleries and temporary exhibitions. The shakeup is the result of the institution’s renovation and expansion plan, which is already underway, according to museum officials.

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MoMA to Close Design Galleries, Architects Protest Border Wall Competition—and More