Art: Revelation on 53rd Street

The Museum of Modern Art reopens after a $55 million facelift

By last Friday, the "month of the red eyes" was drawing to its long-prayed-for close on Manhattan's West 53rd Street. The sculpture garden was a wilderness. White birches, still in transplantation shock, were leafing out but not in time; stacks of unset paving stones lay everywhere, amid mounds of builders' sand and the plastic-swaddled silhouettes of old friends: Rodin's Balzac, the art nouveau subway entrance, a giant Claes Oldenburg mouse. All through April the museum's governing triumvirate, consisting of its director, Richard...

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