The Brooklyn Museum will receive much-needed upgrades thanks to a $50 million gift from the mayor’s office

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The Brooklyn Museum in New York City has received a massive capital investment from the Department of Cultural Affairs — $50 million, the largest single gift in the institution’s history. The funding, announced yesterday by Mayor Bill de Blasio, will support gallery renovations and energy-efficient updates.

The original McKim, Mead & White-designed structure underwent an extensive renovation at the hands of Ennead in the early 1990s and more recent renovations to the 2nd and 5th-floor galleries that were completed in 2019.

The museum has been in a precarious position financially for quite some time, authoring multiple rounds of layoffs and staff reductions amidst sustained losses that it attempted to mitigate by selling off some of its collection in addition to applying for federal coronavirus relief aid throughout the last year.

“We hope to be able to significantly expand our contemporary art galleries and design spaces,” director Anne Pasternak told The New York Times. “We have one of the great American design collections, and absolutely inadequate spaces in which to show it.”

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