Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Morgan Library, New York

Dod you see the article by Carol Vogel in today's New York Times about the renovations and additions to the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City? (Free registration may be required to access that article from the web, incidentally.) The point of the article is that the Morgan has been seen as an elitist institution in the community, and the director is trying to change that by spreading the word that it is open to all. There's also been some talk about adding the word "Museum" to the title, but apparently that hasn't gone very far.

One paragraph in the article jumps out at me, especially in connection with this blog and the scan:

"Besides moving the entrance around the corner from 36th Street to Madison Avenue, the new Morgan will have a central court that the architect Renzo Piano, who designed the expansion, likens to an Italian piazza. It is intended as a gathering place, encouraging visitors to linger." (emphasis mine)

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