A New MoMA!

A New MoMA!
SAH Study Day: A New MoMA!
Friday, November 1, 2019
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
Pricing: $225 per person. Limited to 25 participants.
Fellowship Deadline: October 18, 2019
Registration Deadline: October 25, 2019


This October, there will be a new MoMA. Stunning new galleries and spaces for performance and events will transform the Museum of Modern Art. Along with these physical changes, MoMA will be showing their collection in new and unprecedented ways to bring more voices and perspectives to their galleries. MoMA has grown from a bold experiment to New York’s destination for modern and contemporary art. Working with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler, their continued evolution ensures that they will always present art in innovative ways and meet the changing needs of today’s audiences. 

You will see firsthand how Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s renovation and expansion increase gallery space and allow the Museum to exhibit significantly more of its diverse collection in deeper and more interdisciplinary ways, to provide visitors with a more welcoming and comfortable experience, and to better connect the Museum to the urban fabric of midtown Manhattan.

Elizabeth Diller, founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, said, “This project has called on us to work across MoMA’s rich architectural history, incorporating the Museum’s existing building blocks into a comprehensible whole through careful and deliberate interventions into previous logics, as well as the construction of new logics that arise from MoMA’s current aspirations. This work has required the curiosity of an archeologist and the skill of a surgeon. The improvements will make the visitor experience more intuitive and will relieve congestion, while a new circulation network will knit together the expansion spaces with the lobbies, the theaters, and the Sculpture Garden to create a contiguous, free public realm that bridges street to street and art to city. The design integrates the various facets of the Museum’s architectural history, creating a distinct clear-glass façade on 53rd Street that complements the existing Goodwin and Stone, Johnson, and Taniguchi buildings and invites a more open dialogue between interior and exterior spaces.”


9:45 a.m.            
Arrive at The Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street)

10:00 a.m.          
Welcome Remarks and Breakfast, Conference Room , 6th Floor
Refreshments provided by SAH
Led by Martino Stierli

10:45 a.m.          
Tour through Architecture + Design Galleries with the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Martino Stierli

12:30 p.m.         
Group Lunch, MoMA "Cafe 2", 2nd Floor
(seated group lunch, pre-arranged menu)

2:00 p.m.            
Free Time in Galleries

4:00 p.m.            
Discussion with Associate Curator Sean Anderson, Conference Room A, 6th Floor
Led by Sean Anderson

5:00 p.m.            
Drinks at The Modern (optional), Ground Floor



Martino Stierli is The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, a role he assumed in March 2015. Mr. Stierli oversees the wide-ranging program of special exhibitions, installations, and acquisitions of the Department of Architecture and Design.

As the Swiss National Science Foundation Professor at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Art History, Mr. Stierli focused his research on architecture and media. His project The Architecture of Hedonism: Three Villas in the Island of Capri was included in the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice. He has organized and co-curated exhibitions on a variety of topics, including the international traveling exhibition Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown (2008–14).

Mr. Stierli’s first monograph, Las Vegas in the Rearview Mirror: The City in Theory, Photography, and Film, was published in 2010. He also authored a book on Robert Venturi’s two-year tenure at the American Academy in Rome in the mid-1950s and has published essays on topics including Mies van der Rohe’s use of photomontage, the relationship between Dadaism and avant-garde architectural montage, modern architecture and urbanism in Brazil, Rem Koolhaas’s Delirious New York, and urban photography in Edward Ruscha’s books. He has written extensively on contemporary architectural practice, including the work of Herzog & de Meuron, the recent global boom in high-rise buildings, and the architecture of Johnston Marklee. His scholarship has been recognized with a number of prizes, among them the ETH Medal of Distinction for Outstanding Research (2008), the Theodor Fischer Prize by the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich (2008), and the 2011 Swiss Art Award for Architectural Criticism. In 2012, Mr. Stierli was a fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

Mr. Stierli has taught at various Swiss universities, including the universities of Zurich and Basel as well as ETH Zurich. He studied art and architectural history, German, and comparative literature at the University of Zurich, where he received his MA in 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he was part of the graduate program Urban Forms—Conditions and Consequences at ETH Zurich, from which he received a PhD in 2008.



Sean Anderson is associate curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, he has degrees in architectural design and architectural history from Cornell University, an M. Arch from Princeton University and a Ph.D in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has practiced as an architect and taught in Afghanistan, Australia, India, Italy, Morocco, Sri Lanka and the U.A.E. His book, Modern Architecture and its Representation in Colonial Eritrea, was published in 2015 and was nominated for the AIFC Bridge Book Award for Non-Fiction. At MoMA, he has organized the exhibition Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter (2016), Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959-89 (2017) and is the manager of the Young Architects Program and Issues in Contemporary Architecture.


Registration is $225 per person and is non-refundable.  Full payment is required at the time of registration.  SAH membership is required to attend and may be purchased with registration. 

The registration deadline is Friday, October 25, 11:59 p.m. CST


  • Morning coffee at MoMA
  • Admission fees
  • Lunch at MoMA
  • Free time in MoMA Galleries
  • SAH Donation


  • Airfare, if applicable
  • Hotel, if applicable
  • Transportation from/to your home city to MoMA
  • Meals and beverages not included in the itinerary


An SAH Fellowship is available for this Study Day and is open to current full-time graduate students and emerging professionals. Visit the Research Fellowships page for full criteria and to apply. 

Application Deadline: Friday, October 18, 11:59 p.m. CST


The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) is registered with the American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA CES) to provide learning units for participation in various events offered by SAH. To receive the eligible number of learning units for your transcript, please provide your AIA member number when you register for the program. At the conclusion of the program, SAH will report your earned learning units to AIA and will notify you to review your transcript to ensure it has been officially recorded.


Visitors may enter the galleries with items up to 11 × 15 × 5" (28 × 38 × 13 cm) in size. Larger items up to 14 × 22 × 9" (36 × 56 × 23 cm) must be checked. At the Museum of Modern Art, items larger than this will not be allowed in the checkroom and cannot be brought into the galleries. All bags are subject to security inspection. The Museum reserves the right to refuse items and is not responsible for items held by the checkroom.


SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
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