The New Museum is New York's only museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art.
The New Museum, designed by cutting-edge, Tokyo-based architects Sejima + Nishizawa/SANAA is set to open on 1st December 2007. They have designed a breathtaking facility that will feature beautifully proportioned galleries, a theater, an education floor, a New Museum Store, a café, a top floor event space with roof terraces, and more. The New Museum of Contemporary Art will occupy its own freestanding, dedicated building for the first time in the institution’s history and will be the
first art museum ever built from the ground up in downtown Manhattan. The seven-story, 60,000 square foot structure — a glimmering metal mesh-clad stack of boxes shifted off axis in a dynamic composition. Clad in a silvery, anodized expanded aluminum mesh and punctuated by windows
and skylights that offer vistas and vignettes of the city, the building’s form was conceived to express the ever-changing dynamic of the art and ideas to be presented within. Dramatic full floor, column-free exhibition spaces will occupy three main gallery levels. The broad, light-washed ground floor space — named the Marcia Tucker Hall in honor of the New Museum’s late founder — will be an animated public space where visitors will find the Museum’s acclaimed store, a sleek café, and a glass walled lobby gallery lit
by daylight from a setback above. These features and spaces will provide a platform for the Museum’s far-reaching international programs, including exhibitions, installations, live presentations and performances, public education programs, and a highly original new global institutional partnership initiative, Museum as Hub.