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The Museum of Modern Art, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi. Fourth and Fifth Floor Stairwell showing Henri Matisse’s Dance (I) (1909) and The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium. Photo © 2004 Timothy Hursley
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by Jerry Saltz

It kills me to write this because I love the Museum of Modern Art. Esthetically speaking it's where we all come from, where we go to commune with our ancestors and become new again. Yet the more I go to the new MoMA -- and I've been there over 50 times since it reopened a year ago this week -- the more I think this crown jewel is becoming a beautiful tomb. At MoMA the unruly juice of art history, the chaos, contradiction, radicality and rebellion, are being bleached out. Instead, we're getting the taming of modernism -- modernism as elevator music.