Renovation of The Italian American Museum in Little Italy

 

 

 

Rendering: 185 Grand St. Image courtesy of the Oved Group

The Italian American Museum in Little Italy is kicking-off the New Year in 2018 with a presentation of architectural renderings and a model for its anticipated expansion, given by Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, Founder and President.

Now, a full year later, here’s an update.

Rendering: 185 Grand St. Image courtesy of the Oved Group

Construction on this project began in 2018, and slated for completion in 2019. The new space will encompass four levels that will include permanent and temporary exhibition space, an auditorium for film screenings, lectures, presentations, meetings, and theatrical, music and dance performances. The new space will quadruple its current size, and be located at the current location with an entrance one Mulberry Street. The Museum’s mission will celebrate modern-day Italian culture, with exhibitions and programs that feature artists, authors and thinkers from Italy.

via Italian American Museum, January 2019

In an update in January, 2019 by Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa of the Italian American MuseumMuseum, we learned  that once the building is completed (end of 2019) the Museum will begin assembling artifacts in the new Museum, with an anticipated grand opening in Spring 2020. Below are a few images of the work going on ~ and below, renderings of what we can expect.

via Italian American Museum, January 2019
via Italian American Museum, January 2019
via Italian American Museum, January 2019

The Museum’s challenge ~ to decide which pieces from the permanent collection to display, with a focus on which pieces from their huge collection best tell the story of the Italian American experience in New York.

Italian American Museum, via Google Maps, via op.AL from newyorkyimby.com

If you missed the Design Exhibit, check out the renderings of the new museum at here.  

The Italian American Museum is located at 155 Mulberry Street, NYC