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EHH. COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER

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SAMANTHA - 8.9.2014 - 1:52 PM
The change of the Rocky steps... though dramatic would be necessary to revitalize the image of Philadelphia and the museum and change the image from a "stodgy" boring place that is a "pass through" town to a must visit location.The other changes, while non controversial would be useful at night. Personally, I believe you do need some additional, external changes that demonstrate the dramatic changes that are forthcoming.

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D K - 8.9.2014 - 1:51 PM
Wonderful addition to the museum and to the city. I am excited about the new look on the east entrance steps including the lovely public spaces - a great expansion on our city's history of public art.My friend and I had the added pleasure of having curator, Katie, talk us through the project. She was informed, enthusiastic and charming. GREAT ADDITION.Looking forward to watching this unfold.

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kate Stockton - 8.9.2014 - 1:47 PM
The proposed use of underground space to expand the museum is a great idea, and absolutely a "must-do". The removal of part of the Grand Staircase on the East must be considered with caution, to preserve the dramatic appearance from the sidewalk and street. The overall proposed upgrades are exciting, visionary, and will do much for the overall "museum experience" !

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Anthony Karabas - 8.9.2014 - 12:25 PM
I cannot believe that Anne d'Harnoncourt would have chopped up the steps. Expand the museum, don't destroy the steps. Fiske Kimball will haunt PMA forever.

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Den - 8.8.2014 - 6:19 PM
When I learned that the plans called for the removal of a section of the front steps, which I considered a non-starting and even seemed to display a bit of arrogance from the architects. But after seeing what is being is proposed and how it works with the entire museum renovation I am all for it. The design works with and respects the architecture of the building while modernizing the building and expanding the public spaces.

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Anthony DeMarco - 8.8.2014 - 5:08 PM
I'm on board. I'm looking forward to seeing our museum grow in such a fresh and exciting way while retaining its classic form. Frank Gehry is to be congratulated for his bold yet restrained design. The window in the steps is a must. Change is good. lets get it done.

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John Meyerson - 8.8.2014 - 4:51 PM
LOVE THE MUSEUM!!! It's a great place to learn about history and about the sculptures made from a long time ago.

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Haley Palmer - 8.8.2014 - 4:27 PM
The architectural scales were extremely awesome!!

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Vanessa - 8.8.2014 - 12:51 PM
The proposed insertion of a picture window into the monumental staircase approach raises problems for the relation of the portico, its podium, and the void this window would open. It would be helpful if there was a rendering of what such an approach would look like from near distance at eye level, and as one went through the ascent of the stairs. It seems to me that it might be rathe problematic. I was VERY pleased and relieved to see that the plans do not repeat the mistakes made in Toronto and Montreal, where the attempt to connect with the street isolated the original monumental entrances, often for the sake of drab and uninspiring new entrances, with all the glamour of a subway station.

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Gavin Dunbar - 8.7.2014 - 1:18 PM
this is amazing

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Anonymous - 8.7.2014 - 12:09 PM
This exhibit is awesome!!!!!!!

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Anonymous - 8.6.2014 - 7:49 PM
When thinking about the way select pieces displayed male bodies and then comparing those images with the literature about male bodies (circa 17th-18th century), I wonder about the shift from more feminine to masculine features. I wonder if slavery and black bodies played any role at all. On a more general note, fascinating exhibit. Loved that the museum showcased the design thinking process.

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KC - 8.6.2014 - 7:47 PM
so beautiful :) love coming here

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teanna gaines - 8.6.2014 - 7:29 PM
While I appreciate and greatly respect the original architecture of this beautiful building, both inside and out, I appreciate even more the desire to make this amazing place even more significant in this city. I think these improvements are just that, improvements. From what I've seen, the historically important aspects of this structure will be preserved, and changes that will be made are changes that will only add to the beauty and significance of the museum. I'm in love with this museum, and I understand the importance of bringing it into the modern world. The original heart and soul of this building isn't going anywhere, regardless of these changes and any future changes.

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Nicole Quaste - 8.6.2014 - 4:37 PM
While I enjoy the openness of the plan for the front stairs, I prefer that you preserve the integrity of the original plan. The steps are an icon for Philadelphia and the Museum of Art, and a certain memory for anyone who visits this beautiful place. I am, however, willing to keep an open mind. Please continue to keep the members and the public informed of any new direction. Thank you!

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Mary - 8.6.2014 - 4:07 PM
The new design looks very good. My only concern is the front stairs...I would be very unhappy if there was any change to the East Entrance stairs.

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Jadewave - 8.6.2014 - 12:21 PM
In terms of organization, I find that I greatly appreciate the numerical codings of various rooms; however, during this visit, I can't help but feel like that organization system could be improved. Firstly, if there existed a possibility of including a key to the numerical codings with the museum map, that would be incredibly helpful. For instance, in my case, I was wanting to observe some Baroque pieces as a primary goal; granted, there is a room for Baroque art, but on the map, it's not explicitly noted (well, I did see a small included detail that a Rubens piece existed in the area, which helped slightly... I think... as my handle on Baroque pieces and practicioners is not the sharpest it could be). Returning from that anecdotal digression, it would be beneficial for visitors unfamiliar with the layout of the museum to more directly find pieces in which they hold more interest. Secondly, it would be quite helpful to have the organization system more present; while going through the European Art 1500-1850 wing, I found multiple rooms without a plaque to give the room number. Furthermore, when such numbered plaques are present, I believe that some did not have a description of the art style to expect in the space. More detail would be an excellent benefit to helping visitors understand the styles being exhibited.All in all, I'm quite pleased with my first visit here, and I primarily regret that my vocabulary in terms of art appreciation is not developed enough to appreciate the exhibited pieces further.

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dom - 8.5.2014 - 3:24 PM
The building is not a problem in search of a modernist hack. Finish the design as originally planned and use the money to collect the art it deserves.

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H. Heinz - 8.5.2014 - 2:12 PM
I don't know if I can real understand these arts or not ,but I hope I can remember and enjoy this experience totally.

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Kee - 8.5.2014 - 11:59 AM

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