The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is one of the most iconic and beloved art museums in the world. It was founded in 1929, and has since become a defining institution for what we consider modern art.
Recently, the museum has been at the center of controversy over its closing.
The closure was announced late last year when MoMA announced it was temporarily closing due to financial difficulties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum had already closed its doors to visitors in March 2020 as part of New York City’s public health effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
In December 2020, MoMA laid off more than 250 staff members, citing financial losses during the pandemic as well as changes in how people experience art due to digital platforms becoming more popular. The layoffs were a major blow to the museum and sparked an outcry from many in the art community who saw it as a sign that MoMA was on its way out.
However, despite these setbacks, MoMA is far from closing its doors for good. In fact, it recently announced plans to reopen with a much smaller staff and reduced hours beginning April 2021. The museum is also working on building up its digital presence and expanding its virtual programming options so that people can still access and enjoy its collections even if they cannot visit in person.
Though MoMA has been forced to make some tough decisions due to financial difficulties caused by the pandemic, it is not closing permanently. The museum is working hard to ensure that visitors can still experience its incredible collections both digitally and physically when it reopens later this year.