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04.24.2014
Meier Looks Back and Forward
Expanded model museum opens in Jersey City.
The new model museum is four times larger than its previous incarnation in Long Island City.
Steven Sze

With a career spanning more than 50 years, Richard Meier has a remarkable and ever expanding body of work. Architects, students, or the general public can now explore the process behind his architecture at the just opened Richard Meier Model Museum in Jersey City, New Jersey.

In addition to the 400 or so models, the facility also includes more than 200 architectural drawings (a small fraction of the firm’s archive), as well as sculptures and art from Meier’s personal collection, and more than 1,000 books and periodicals. The standouts of the Museum are a pair of models, 18 and 27 feet across, of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. “It’s interesting to see how the project evolved over twelve years,” Meier told AN. “It’s very gratifying to me.”

 
 

The new incarnation of the Model Museum is more than four times the size of its previous space in Long Island City, Queens. Located at Mana Contemporary, a massive art studio and storage facility in an old industrial complex, it also includes a showroom for Richard’s daughter Anna Meier’s furniture. The elder Meier is happy to be a part of the emerging scene at the Jersey City complex. “It’s a very lively place, a destination,” he said, noting the presence of artists, craftspeople, and dance studios in the building.

Meier sees the museum as a cultural and educational resource, and hopes, in particular, that architecture students will access the collection. “I have some very rare magazines,” he added. Architecture PhD students, take note.

The Richard Meier Model Museum is open by appointment every Friday beginning this spring and appointments can be made through the office of Richard Meier & Partners. Email requests can be sent to M.Musuem@RichardMeier.com.

Alan G. Brake