The New Museum Awarded $20 Million for Second Building, Expansion

The New Museum Awarded $20 Million for Second Building, Expansion

The New Museum in New York City has announced a $20 million gift from longtime trustee Toby Devan Lewis to add a second building to the museum.

The lead gift in an $89 million capital campaign will support construction of a seven-story, 60,000-square-foot facility to be designed by OMA/Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas, in collaboration with Cooper Robertson. The facility, which will double the museum's current exhibition space, will include three floors of galleries as well as additional space for community and educational programming, a permanent home for the museum's cultural incubator, an atrium stair, and additional public amenities. To be named after Lewis, the new building also will feature an expanded lobby and bookstore, an eighty-seat restaurant, and will connect on three different levels with existing galleries in the adjacent SANAA-designed building.

The museum, which will remain operational during construction of the new building, has raised $79 million in support of the campaign.

A trustee of the New Museum since 1997, Lewis also has served on the boards of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Cleveland, the Aspen Art Museum, Performa, Prospect New Orleans, and Creative Capital.

"Since the New Museum opened on the Bowery in December 2007, the museum has become an international cultural destination welcoming millions of visitors," said Lisa Phillips, the Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum. "We are thrilled to work with OMA to address our current and future needs and selected them for their exceptional response to our brief, their civic passion, and future thinking. The OMA design will provide seamless connectivity and horizontal flow between the two buildings, expanded space for our world-renowned exhibitions, and access to some of our most innovative programs that the public currently cannot see."