It’s the Last Weekend to Visit MoMA Before It Closes for Renovations – The New York Times

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Weather: An ideal summer Friday (even though it is still spring), with plenty of sun and a high near 78. Expect similar conditions over the weekend.

Alternate-side parking: In effect until Sunday, then suspended through Monday (Shavuot).

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It’s a chance for the Museum of Modern Art to, well, modernize.

MoMA is about to shut down for a four-month, $450 million renovation.

The museum says it plans to add thousands of square feet, allowing for better traffic flow and the ability to display more pieces from its permanent collection.

What you need to know

General admission ends on June 15. (A “members-only day” will occur on June 16.) The museum will reopen to the public on Oct. 21.

The renovation will add about 40,000 square feet.

After the renovation, the museum will extend its hours

MoMA is currently open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

When the museum reopens in October, general admission will begin at 10 a.m. Members will have a new “dedicated entrance” and be permitted to enter at 9:30 a.m. most days.

[Read more about the museum’s closure, and transformation, from The Times’s co-chief art critic.]

Evolution of a collection

The biggest change may be to what the museum displays.

Roberta Smith, The Times’s co-chief art critic, wrote, “The story of modernism as we know it — linear and dominated by European male geniuses — will be radically revised, expanded and rendered more inclusive.”

She also wrote, “The absence of art by women in the first six galleries is breathtaking,” adding that “in some places you’ll see MoMA trying to bend its linear view of history toward the justice, and reality, of this more complex view. But it is going to take some doing.”

Modernizing MoMA

The museum seems prepared to upgrade and diversify its collection.

In April, MoMA installed Jennifer Bartlett’s 1975-76 magnum opus, “Rhapsody,” in the atrium. Ms. Smith says it “exemplifies the pluralism that MoMA needs to aim for in its next life.”

There is also the work of Gabriele Münter, a German expressionist painter, to consider. MoMA does not have any of her work in its collection, Ms. Smith noted.

“Perhaps MoMA might sell or trade some Picassos to acquire work by female artists,” she suggested.

MoMA lists 1,241 Picasso works online, compared with 385 by Matisse and 46 by Braque, Ms. Smith wrote. And selling Picassos would not be new: The museum sold 20 Picasso paintings between 1929 and 1998, she said.

“Starry Night”

Yes, Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” will resume its prominent place in the museum, according to MoMA.

What about MoMA PS1?

The museum, in Queens, will maintain its regular schedule, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday.


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The Times’s Derek M. Norman and Michael Gold report:

New York’s police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, apologized yesterday on behalf of the Police Department for the actions of officers during the Stonewall riot, a seminal 1969 clash outside a Greenwich Village club that is widely regarded as a turning point for the modern gay rights movement.

“I think it would be irresponsible to go through World Pride month, not to speak of the events at the Stonewall Inn in June of 1969,” Mr. O’Neill said. “I do know what happened should not have happened.”

“The actions taken by the N.Y.P.D. were wrong — plain and simple,” he added.

The remarks came a day after the City Council speaker, Corey Johnson, said an apology was overdue.


Linda Fairstein, chief of the Manhattan district attorney’s sex crimes unit, left, in 1990 with Elizabeth Lederer, the prosecutor who handled the Central Park jogger case.CreditChester Higgins, Jr./The New York Times

A Netflix series about the Central Park Five has led to intense criticism of the famous prosecutor-turned-novelist who oversaw the investigation.

A glimpse at women serving very long sentences. Is there life, the photographer asks, after life in prison?

A West Point cadet died after a military vehicle overturned en route to a training exercise. Twenty cadets and two trainers were hurt.

Two veteran New York City police officers died by suicide in 24 hours, stunning the department.

[Want more news from New York and around the region? Check out our full coverage.]

The Mini Crossword: Here is today’s puzzle.

The F.B.I. arrested a man suspected of plotting to throw explosives in Times Square. [Daily News]

A cadet returned to West Point after three military judges overturned his rape conviction. [Associated Press]

The Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday will honor, among other people, the transgender activist Sylvia Rivera, a leader of the Stonewall uprising. [amNew York]

Mayor de Blasio will skip the parade so he can campaign for president in Iowa. [New York Post]

People in Brooklyn ordered Whoppers with fake meat. That was not what they got. [Eater]


A book fiestón for Willie Perdomo’s book “The Crazy Bunch,” about coming of age in East Harlem, at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in Manhattan. 6 p.m. [Free]

Greenpoint Open Studios in Brooklyn, a space for artists, opens its doors for a launch party with music, dancing, installations and frozen drinks. 7:30 p.m. [Free]


Use weed wrenches to uproot the Devil’s Walking Stick plant at a forest restoration workshop at the southern end of Deere Park on Staten Island. Guides supply gloves, tools and refreshments. 10 a.m. [Free]

Learn about the Grand Concourse’s history through its Art Deco architecture and design with a tour led by an Art Deco Society of New York expert and Bronx historian. A Spanish translator will be available throughout the tour, which begins at the Bronx Museum. 11 a.m. [Free with R.S.V.P.]


A family event centered around healthy living at the Queens Botanical Garden includes cooking demonstrations, dance classes, herb planting and medical experts. Noon. [Free]

The National Puerto Rican Day parade travels along Fifth Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street in Manhattan. Ricky Martin will serve as grand marshal. 11 a.m. [Free]

— Vivian Ewing

Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages.


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From The New York Times Magazine’s New York Issue:

Most rappers don’t write songs about their eczema. And if they did, they most likely wouldn’t admit to having it “so bad I’m bleeding.”

And if they wrote about the loss of a mother and growing up in foster care with an abusive parent, it’s very unlikely they’d do it with the sincerity Destiny Frasqueri brings to her songs.

When the 26-year-old mixed-race native New Yorker began her musical career, she barely even rhymed.

But she endeared herself to groups all over the city — women, queer kids, drag queens, ravers, punks — who saw themselves reflected in her music. Over time, she developed rhyming skills that she channeled into energetic, moving anthems.

She changed her name to Princess Nokia and released a series of albums, including one of earnest emo anthems, that secured her reputation as a tireless cheerleader for outcasts.

We talked to her about coming up as a musician in the city, about her music and about creating safe spaces for her audiences.

Read the full Q. and A. with Princess Nokia. And click here to watch a dozen artists, from a Broadway star to a sword swallower, show off what it takes to make it in New York.

It’s Friday — remake something you enjoy.


Dear Diary:

I was downstairs at the Duane Reade in the Chanin Building one evening after work, making my way to the back exit, a convenient entrance to the subway.

The sales floor was abandoned. A lone man wandered out of the grocery aisle in the same direction I was headed.

The doors to the subway passage were locked. I had made the trip downstairs for nothing.

“Subway’s locked,” I said to the man.

“Beer’s locked, too,” he said with a sigh, and then walked off with his little red shopping basket.

— Paul Klenk

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