The Future, the Unknown (S2, E1) | AT THE MUSEUM


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In October 2017, MoMA premiered season one of At the Museum, a behind-the-scenes look at what we do. The series offered a look at exhibitions from conception to closing, and introduced us to artists, curators, conservators, other key figures from MoMA’s staff. Today, we present the first episode of season two.
After three months of temporary closure, MoMA will soon reopen its doors to reveal a major expansion and reimagining of the collection. Season 2 aims to chronicle this process, providing an unprecedented look at a pivotal time in the Museum’s history. Episode one takes the viewer back to February 2019. The closure had just been announced, and MoMA’s staff was preparing for the upcoming changes. Below is a table of contents outlining what you can expect to see in this episode.
Episodes will be released weekly, so be sure to check in next week for episode 2.
0:21 - In June 2019, the entire Museum is deinstalled ahead of a complete rehang of the collection for the October reopening.
1:00 - Several months prior in February 2019, Senior receptionist Rachel Klein fields questions from the public after the Museum announced plans to close and reopen.
1:35 - Conservators Megan Randall and Caitlin Richeson dust David Hammons’s Untitled (Night Train) and Alexander Calder’s Gibraltar before the public arrives for the day.
2:27 - Chief curators Ann Temkin and Christophe Cherix discuss the philosophy guiding how the Museum will present its collection after reopening in October 2019.
3:16 - Artist Betye Saar and sculpture conservator Lynda Zycherman and examine Black Girl’s Window. Chief curator Christophe Cherix joins, as Saar outlines her thinking behind the work.
5:03 - Security supervisor Chet Gold reveals his thoughts on David Hammons and the challenges of protecting his work in the gallery.
6:22 - The Budco team maneuvers Richard Serra’s Equal into the building, the first artwork to be installed as part of the 2019 expansion.
7:35 - Director of Exhibition Design and Production Lana Hum details the logistics for installing Equal.
8:16 - Artist Richard Serra congratulates the Budco team on a successful installation.
8:32 - Curator and Director of the Opening of the New Museum Sarah Suzuki briefs a team of curators and conservators before they enter the construction site.
9:01 - Chief Curator Ann Temkin and Senior Curator Anne Umland share a moment in front of Equal.
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