This past weekend, Thomas Krens, along with the former Massachusetts governors William Weld and Michael Dukakis, announced plans for two new culture and art museums slated for the Northern Berkshires in Massachusetts. As the former director of New York's Guggenheim and current senior advisor overseeing the construction of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi designed by Frank Gehry, he would oversee the building of a new contemporary museum and a renovation of a former 1938 movie theatre. This comes a year after the opening of the newly expanded Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, and as the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in North Adams, which is currently working on doubling its gallery space.
Planned as an effort to revitalize the area it would reside in, the funding will come from private art collectors, whose names have been protected. The museum will be designed by New York–based architect Richard Gluckman, and is proposed for the grounds of the Harriman-West Airport.
Read more about this project at The New York Times.
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