Jul

07

2014

An Update on SculptureCenter’s Progress

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in Art, Long Island City

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Photo credit: Sculpture Center

In case you’ve missed it, SculptureCenter is renovating its space. There was a recent a recent hardhat press tour of the site, and Art in America was there. We haven’t covered much about SculptureCenter, so we’re glad that a publication that is so well-respected is on it.

Turns out SculptureCenter is adding 700 square feet to the space, enlarging it to a total of 6,700 square feet of interior exhibition space, which may not seem like much at first glance. However, there’s a lot more to the renovation—look for a new 2,000 square foot entry hall that will include a bookshop, coatroom, and visitor services. That will then open onto a 1,500 square foot courtyard that can be used for outdoor exhibitions (and probably fundraisers, too).

More on the architect overseeing the renovation:

The renovation is being overseen by New York architect Andrew Berman, who previously designed projects for the Center for Architecture, The New York Public Library and MoMA PS1, among others. Speaking to reporters, Berman described how his plan unifies the existing building’s industrial steel and brick facade while creating a stronger street presence, utilizing simple materials like plywood and weathering steel. The architect said that he hopes his plan will create a smooth transition from loud urban life to a peaceful experience within the museum.

The expansion is estimated at $4.5 million. The opening of the newly renovated space is set for October 5, and a full day of events, festivities, and celebration is planned. We look forward to it!

Revamping Sculpture Center [Art in America]

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