The Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI), located in Astoria, Queens, is currently undergoing a $67 million transformation and expansion which is expected to be completed in January 2011. Capalino+Company played a major role in helping MOMI secure the $58 million in public funding for the expansion program, which was designed by architect Thomas Leeser and will double the size of the museum.
Featuring extraordinary new facilities for seeing, studying, enjoying and interacting with screen culture in all its forms, and given striking new physical expression by architect Thomas Leeser, Museum of the Moving Image will welcome the public to its expanded and redesigned home beginning Saturday, January 15, 2011.
On July 8th, Rochelle Slovin, Director of Museum of the Moving Image, announced the opening date of the transformed Museum and presented an update on the progress of construction of this innovative design, which thoroughly reimagines the ground floor of the existing building and provides a remarkable three-story addition. She also announced the opening film series and the list of artists and media-makers whose works will appear in the inaugural presentations, bringing to life the redesigned and expanded building, now doubled in size (from 50,000 to 97,700 square feet) through the $67 million project.
Highlights of the expansion include:
- Complete renovation of the first floor of the existing building
- Creation of a landscaped courtyard for warm weather screenings and events
- 264-seat film theater
- 68-seat screening room
- Galleries for changing exhibitions of digital interactive art
- New lobby, bookstore, and café
- Education Center features: Dedicated Student Entrance, Orientation Amphitheater, Digital Learning Suite including two media labs, Seminar Room, Experimental Production Studio
- The facility will be energy efficient, LEED silver-certified, and fully accessible to people with disabilities
- The architect is Thomas Leeser, internationally recognized for incorporating new media into his projects
“The inauguration of this building, almost thirty years to the day after this institution was founded, brings to a close our early history while opening a major new chapter in the Museum’s life,” Rochelle Slovin stated. “With this extraordinary new facility, Museum of the Moving Image enhances its status as one of the major cultural institutions of New York, and shows that we are evolving and growing as quickly as our subject matter. Thanks to the imaginative and innovative design Thomas Leeser has given us, and thanks to the generosity of our donors—chief among them the City of New York—we are able as never before to illuminate screen culture in all its variety, as both art and industry, for New Yorkers of every age and for our visitors from around the globe.”
The Museum, which opened in 1988, was created in one of the City-owned buildings of the former Astoria Studio complex, built in 1920 as the East Coast production facility for Paramount Pictures and now on the National Register of Historic Places.