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MoMA’s 10th Anniversary

All items in this slideshow are from The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York Façade, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1939. Photo: Eliot Elisofon. Photographic Archive; Sculpture Garden, The Museum of Modern Art, 1939. Photo: Wurts Brothers. Photographic Archive

The Goodwin Building and the Sculpture Garden

All items in this slideshow are from The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York
Façade, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1939. Photo: Eliot Elisofon. Photographic Archive; Sculpture Garden, The Museum of Modern Art, 1939. Photo: Wurts Brothers. Photographic Archive

In 1939, the Museum completed construction in its first permanent home, the flagship modernist building that today anchors the campus on 53rd Street. The International Style building was designed by architects Philip L. Goodwin (who was also a trustee of the Museum) and Edward Durell Stone. The Museum’s first sculpture garden was much more improvisational, as founding director Alfred H. Barr Jr. and curator of Architecture John McAndrew only had a couple of weeks to develop a design. Fortified by sandwiches and beer, they created this simple graveled space punctuated by freestanding screens.

All items in this slideshow are from The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York
Façade, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1939. Photo: Eliot Elisofon. Photographic Archive; Sculpture Garden, The Museum of Modern Art, 1939. Photo: Wurts Brothers. Photographic Archive
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