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This museum is ok, but i want to take pictures of me siting on armchairs, sofas.

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Anastasiia - 8.22.2014 - 3:06 PM
I want my art to be here one day!!!!!! :3 yay

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Emily Limpert - 8.22.2014 - 1:53 PM
As Frank Gehry's ideas are really modern and different one of them is breaking the museums famous steps. They are really important to people at the P.M.A. So I found out that the only reason he want s the steps down is to bring light into the galleries underground. So instead of breaking the steps why don't they just make a few rows see-through. It would be a win -win for everybody.

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Mackenzie Colvin - 8.22.2014 - 12:34 PM
I'm still not sold on the stairs window. I feel strongly that the planned seating area in front of it, including the impediment to ground level view, will be a disaster. Looks great with little metal people sitting all over it, but it will more likely become a trash pit and skateboarding area. Wouldn't a Comcast-Building-style huge TV with a live feed image create the same concept and light and can be spiced up with fun computer generated images integrated into the view. The supposed camouflaged fire stairs don't seem quite right. Could they be an opportunity for other hung or projected art? Big trees in front? Some other new, but integrated design? So far I'm OK with opening up the pediments with glass. It will be only a small modern addition to the classical design.

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Bob Goren - 8.21.2014 - 3:02 PM
I really like this museum , it has a lot of Colorful places . in my opinion it is one of the best museum in the world , I really enjoyed it . I think that this museum is a very special place for everyone . They have a great idea of encouraging people to study art and history

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Furious tea bag - 8.21.2014 - 2:23 PM
If the true intent of cutting into the "Rocky" steps is to make that space more inviting to the public, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. This Museum is notorious for detouring from its stated intentions; to wit: the window looking into the sky-lit galleria of the Perlman addition on the 25th Street side was originally intended to invite the neighborhood to look into the space. Now it is effectively blocked by a cement block structure that I believe is an exhaust system built when architect Gluckman's original system proved inadequate. Yet, docents and PMA personnel offer a variety of explanations for this structure, varying from a backdrop for sculpture or, as one Perlman architecture docent told me, to prevent neighbors from peering inside when they have parties (!!!!!!!!). It is clear that most museum personnel have never walked along 25th Street to behold the windowless behemoth appended to the exquisite Perlman Art Deco structure, which looks like a Target store without the bullseye. The addition neither pays homage to the original building in color, material, nor scale. It is an atrocity no matter what Joseph Rishel says!How could anyone trust these people to carve out a hole in those iconic steps?????

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Susan Cohen Smith - 8.21.2014 - 1:54 PM
Frank Gehry's brainstorm for the revamping of Museum spaces is but a mixed blessing. The move to increase educational an exhibition spaces is necessary and should be embraced wholeheartedly. Gehry's less-than-inspired architectural decisions, however, leave much more to be desired. He seems to have no problem breaking his stated promise to preserve the exemplary Neoclassical architectural elements of the building. The chopping-out of the iconic Museum front steps is one example-- and the benefit merely light (which can be provided through other sources) and outdoor seating (which is already provided by the existing steps). The elevator shafts at the east ends of the wings are a complete failure, patently detrimental to the overall image of the building. But the replacement of the gable ends, themselves, as they exist today, a piece of Museum history, with glassed-in 'loft' lobbies, is irresponsible not only aesthetically and architecturally but structurally (or at least giving the appearance of weakness).Like too many architects, Gehry needs to restrain his ego. This is a man who admits to never having visited the Museum till recently. He needs to take-- or to gain through study, or through others-- a longer view, seeing Philadelphia history for what it truly is. A city's history, like that of a building, does not change-- it is merely fact, what has been, irrespective of what some people would like. The Museum stands as part of the city's history, as it is-- and any changes, even those truly needed, should take into account the history of the building and its city and make as minimal a negative impact on both as possible. Gehry's plan, however touted by Anne D'Arnancourt, pays little respect to what is best about the Museum and instead seeks to aggrandize Gehry's own vision-- a vision which, by his own admission, is only recently acquired. This is not Bejing, or Bilbao, or Disney-- it is a city with the longest legacy of free democracy in the Western world, and it needs to be respected for what it has been as well as what it is now, before it changes into what it can be.

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J E Cherubini II - 8.21.2014 - 12:51 PM
I do not have any problems with the concept of expanding the museum for more galleries and learning spaces- these changes are needed for the museum to grow and reach out into welcoming new members. However, some of the plans are unnecessary, and in themselves, break the promises that the museum made when it proposed them. If the purpose of these changes was to expand under ground, why are the pedaments removed? These changes are not only questionable in their stability, but also, uncalled for considering the promise not to change the Neo-Classical exterior. Another problem I have is the proposed changes to the stairs outside. The Museum has just started to embrace the new culture of Rocky and his contributions to the popularity of the museum, so why change the steps?

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Anonymous - 8.21.2014 - 12:36 PM
I attended the school of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis.I was concerned about the Window in the exterior grand stair case. After viewing the exhibit here at the Philadelphia Art Museum, I found the exhibit exceptional and a wonderful way to visualize. I love the entire plan and especially the window of concern.

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J M Meyers - 8.21.2014 - 11:55 AM
I love this museum and many of the art pieces that are within. The arcitecture is amazing and awes-inspiring. The history of this museum has a deep message to all visitors that this is a place to respect and enjoy the exhibits. I like the thought that the museum is trying to stay modern and "hip". I do not particualy like the idea of changing the classic exterior look of the museum. The stairs may be a stretch since it is such a proud part of an American success story. I think that the museum would be great with add-ons that can hold more beautiful artwork like the current exhibits. I do NOT want a wall to be replaced for a view of the surroundings. The museum is here to view the artwork within, not the city. You can go to the top of the city hall for that experience. All in all, I welcome the changes for the good of the museum, but I have one major word of caution: DON'T OVER-DUE IT! Maintain the beauty and awe that museum has.

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Daniel - 8.21.2014 - 11:49 AM
While I certainly appreciate the vision of creating a sense of community and activity for the museum, I would like to caution you with the methodology that this is pursued. I know for myself and a number of my friends who have visited the area, we came to run the stairs and take a picture with the Rocky statue. The stairs were the only tourist interest any of us had, and after running to the top we decided to view the exhibits inside. Changing the stairs would isolate a demographic whose visits are actually based upon an almost emotional connection with stairs. This isolation would extinguish the desire to enter the museum, and end the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the world of art.

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Joshua - 8.20.2014 - 8:30 PM
The museum is awesome. But cars, motorcycles and other motorized vehicles should be disallowed from driving around the museum apron particularly at the front facing the parkway. It is dangerous, destructive and distracting.

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Bella - 8.20.2014 - 8:15 PM
I really like the Art Museum a lot. It really cool. Why make the changes now.

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Joseph Gronski - 8.20.2014 - 7:05 PM
Great! TOUCH THE STEPS AND RECEIVE A STRONGLY DISAPPROVINGLY WORDED LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE. (JK it's perfect, you do you).

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YesChangeYesHopeYesyart - 8.20.2014 - 7:01 PM
Gehry's design is beautiful. I feel the window enhances the stairs, and doesn't cut them up. It makes a beautiful monument even more wonderful. It is a perfect addition.

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Kat - 8.20.2014 - 6:12 PM
Gehry's ideas are always amazing. We love the idea of creating the new spaces underneath the plaza. However, we don't agree with the idea of cutting up the stairway and also the idea of changing the triangle from bricks to glass. We're big fans of Gehry and looking forward to seeing this complete work soon!!!

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Wilasiney - 8.20.2014 - 6:10 PM
We have 2 disabled, wheelchair and scooter-using members, and deeply appreciate the accessibility and inclusion that are built into the design. We have always enjoyed coming to the museum as a place that a person in a wheelchair can reliably get around. This design only improves on that. We are concerned that the model does not depict wheelchair seating in the auditorium. The person explaining the model assured us that such seating will be included. Hooray since we plan to see concerts there.

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Margaret, Bill and Megan - 8.20.2014 - 4:49 PM
I like all the proposed changes to the museum. The creation of the loft is one of the improvements I most look foreword to. Change is good, change is inevitable

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Alex - 8.20.2014 - 3:07 PM
Do NOT move the Twombly room.

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Tonya Lee - 8.20.2014 - 2:52 PM
I love what Frank Gehry has proposed but please don't touch the steps.

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Linda Saul - 8.20.2014 - 2:51 PM

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