by Andrew Page
The Museum of Arts and Design's new building on Columbus Circle is not completely new, something those quick to attack it seem to have forgotten. It is a radical alteration of an existing art museum building, the original widely acknowledged as a failure. Still, a subset of New Yorkers are militant preservationists ready to mobilize against any change. The plan to redesign this deeply flawed Edward Durrell Stone edifice spawned groups of protesters shouting at guests attending exhibition openings at MAD's former 53rd Street location.