NYU's Grey Art Museum Opens at 18 Cooper Square

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Ennead celebrates the opening of the Grey Art Museum, designed by Ennead. New York University’s fine arts museum is now located in a purpose-designed, larger, and more accessible space at 18 Cooper Square.

“Ennead has a long relationship with NYU which we are proud to continue with this important project,” said Ennead Architects Partner Molly McGowan AIA.

The new premises accommodates three galleries—expanding exhibition space by 40%—and a new study center enabling more direct access to the collection for students, faculty, and researchers. In addition to the study center, the lower-level houses art preparation/fabrication shops, storage, and several offices.

A prominent street entrance provides a clear view of the reception area and entrance hall, bookstore, and main exhibition spaces. The elegant simplicity of the design, which is on track to be certified as LEED Gold, belies extensive upgrades to the turn-of-the-20th-century building to achieve dynamic facilities supportive of future programming.

Ennead Partner Richard Olcott FAIA said, “We are delighted to have worked with the Grey to create a new space that is significantly larger, more accessible, and designed to better support the institution’s exceptional vision, curation, and collection. The Grey Art Museum now has a visible street presence and identity, facilitating greater engagement with the community, and a flexible interior which allows for new experiences.”

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