on February 13, 2006
The building itself is worth a visit. The renovated space is lighter and more open than the old MOMA, and the views of the sculpture garden are better. It is not hard to view almost all of the art on display, unlike at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The art has some famous 20th-century pieces, but many are quite contemporary. Some of the art is awesome--I loved the Barnet Newman sculpture that rises in the central open area--but some of the more recent performance art is, well, I get the idea but did not spend many minutes watching an artist surfing through paint or the 24 TV screens showing a guy doing routine things in his apartment including sitting on the toilet reading a newspaper. If modern art doesn't interest you, there are the shops with lots of unusual things to buy as souvenirs or gifts. I bought a membership, which allowed me to skip the line for tickets and included a discount at the shops.
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