We will base our presentation on quality and particular narratives and how can we present something that really adds to the understanding of modern and contemporary art. [...] What was happening in the 1950s in Egypt? What was happening in the ‘60s and ‘70s in Asia? [...] If you think of modern and contemporary art not just in terms of the Western canon, that’s something we want to make sure people better understand and appreciate.
Its expansive and diverse character uniquely resonates with our global city. Our Africa and Americas collections alone represent the heritage of a quarter of the U.S. population and half of New York City's residents. The renovation of this suite of galleries will at once make a unique and timely civic contribution to our community and immeasurably enrich and deepen appreciation of a vast swath of the world's artistic dynamism.