Unlike its champion of the poor compatriot uptown, the Museum of Modern Art has long since been untouchable to anyone unable to lay out its steep admission price, which is required save for four free retailer-sponsored hours on Fridays. Now, however, the plebeians can stand near the art; MoMA announced today that they'll be opening their sculpture garden to the unpaying general public for a full hour and fifteen minutes every morning. But will there be a line? There is no art without line. We demand line.
Starting next month, MoMA will let visitors into the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden free of charge, from 9 a.m. until a little bit before the museum opens at 10:30 a.m. Once inside, the public can wander through art on display, like Pablo Picasso's Monument (1972) and Klaus Oldenburg's Geometric Mouse, Scale A (1975). "It's very exciting," former 54-55 Street Block Association president Daly Reville told DNAinfo. "We had the Rain Room, which was a lot of fun, but people were sitting on the sidewalk for hours trying to get in. This is the opposite—something just to walk in and enjoy." Wait, was there something unenjoyable about the Rain Room?
MoMA will kick off its garden mornings on September 9th, and will keep it open year-round, so you've got a few chances to see Tilda Swinton take a nap next to Joan Miró's Moonbird, free of charge.