Folk Art
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The Museum of Modern Art in New York is expected to announce today that it has selected an architect to create a design for the site of the American Folk Art Museum's former home. Last month, MoMA stated its intention to raze the small museum building, an acclaimed design by Tod Williams Billie Tsien that was completed in 2001, to make way for an expansion of its own large facility on West 53rd Street in Manhattan. Word has it that the firm likely to be named is Diller Scofidio + Renfro. It is unclear whether the firm selected will be asked to study, renovate, or replace the Folk Art building.

A MoMA spokesperson said the museum will be making an announcement this afternoon, but did not confirm that the institution has chosen Diller Scofidio + Renfro for the project. The firm was unreachable for comment.

In 2011, the Folk Art Museum sold the Tod Williams Billie Tsien building to MoMA to abate life-threatening financial troubles, including $32 million in debt taken on to finance its construction. MoMA officials previously said it would demolish the building to make way for an expansion of its own facilities that includes space in an 82-story tower by Jean Nouvel that is going to be constructed by the developer Hines.

Since MoMA made the annoucement, thousands of people have signed two online petitions to save it from demolition.