From Martin Filler, author of "Makers of Modern Architecture."
"Today, critics trudge from one disastrous new musem
to the next, struggling to evaluate meaningless design stunts that have more to do with marketing than art.....
"The shimmering two-ply exterior of the New Museum of
Contemporary Art-- metal layered with an outer skin of perforated metal, which can look variously silver, gray, or off-white,
depending on the time of day and the weather-- imparts a mirage-like aura when the sunlight cooperates, an effect intensified
by the irregularity of the non-aligned boxes comprising the off-kilter tower.....
"Truly great architecture always transcends its stated
function, sometimes in unanticipated ways. As you stand on the Bowery just north of the museum and look downtown toward the
clustered spires of Lower Manhattan, it's hard not to think of this hypnotic addition to the city's skyline as a poetic meditation
on America's quintessential architectural contribution, and loss."