The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) has announced that it is is exploring plans to open a second site in New York City – MoPOP NYC.
MoPOP was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen and is “dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture”. The non-profit Seattle museum opened in 2000, and welcomes just under 700,000 visitors a year. There is a focus on educational programmes to “turn consumers into creators”.
In a statement Chris McGowan, Vice President—MoPOP & President of Vulcan Arts + Entertainment, says, “Our motivation for MoPOP in New York City will be the same as MoPOP in Seattle: inspiring multigenerational audiences through the popular culture of our time. New York City is the center of American culture and MoPOP’s possible expansion presents a unique opportunity for future generations of New York City creators from all five boroughs to learn from the pioneers that preceded them.
“We are committed to creating something profoundly new, immersive and exciting, consistent with the diverse and creative dynamism of New York. We are working now with a breadth of local stakeholders to learn how MoPOP NYC might serve as a sustainable engine of creative expression, a celebration of popular culture, and an educational resource to all five boroughs.”
A potential site has been acquired the B. Altman & Co. building from the New York Public Library and work is progressing on the plans.
Image: Brady Harvey/Museum of Pop Culture