In an announcement that is excellent for the arts of the region and the country – and which speaks volumes about the rise of Jersey City – officials from the Center Pompidou in Paris said the world-famous museum intends to ” open a satellite site at the iconic and soon to be renovated Pathside Building in Journal Square.
The Center Pompidou × Jersey City, which will be Pompidou’s first satellite in North America, will offer visitors a sample of more than 120,000 works of art by Pompidou through exclusive exhibitions, while serving as a cultural hub of learning. .
The four-story, 58,000 square foot Pathside Building was constructed in 1912. Located at 25 Journal Square near PATH Station, it was purchased by Jersey City in 2017 with the intention of creating a new arts and culture center. for Journal Square. and the city. Pending the expected approval from city council, it will be renovated by OMA, a New York-based architectural firm. Its opening is scheduled for early 2024.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, who has often said the arts are a key part of economic development, was thrilled with the importance of the announcement.
“As the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe, the Center Pompidou is the ideal partner to realize our vision and consolidate Journal Square as a regional anchor point for the arts”, he declared. . “When the Pathside Building was slated for high rise development, we saw a unique opportunity to change its trajectory to better serve the city as a museum and community center. Today, not only is that commitment paying off, but we have raised the bar with a tremendous international partnership that will bring world-class opportunities to Jersey City.
“This is the last major step towards our broader revitalization goals, using all that our city has to offer and making Journal Square a cultural destination for generations to come. “
Here’s more about the announcement:
The Centre Pompidou
Located in the Beaubourg district of Paris, it was commissioned by former French President Georges Pompidou. It houses a huge public library as well as the largest museum of modern art in Europe and serves as a center for musical and acoustic research. It opened in 1977 and has become one of the world’s top cultural attractions.
In recent years, it has started to open satellite sites in Metz, France (2010), Spain (2015), Belgium (2018) and China (2019). In 2023, it is expected to close for four years to undergo renovations.
The goal in Jersey City
Officials say cultural cooperation between France and the United States will launch a strong partnership to reinvent, develop and activate Journal Square’s iconic Pathside Building. The Center Pompidou × Jersey City will become a brand new premier international cultural hub that will serve as a vibrant destination for residents and visitors from across the region, reflecting the energy and diversity of Jersey City’s burgeoning arts community.
The Center Pompidou will bring its expertise to create an ambitious program emphasizing education through practical artistic and cultural experiences, with a community component at the heart of Jersey City’s ambitious and inclusive vision for the future, making the Center Pompidou × Jersey City a promising multidisciplinary art laboratory for cultural and educational programming.
The Pathside Building was originally built in 1912 to serve as an office building for the Public Service Enterprise Group. In 1995, the building underwent a major renovation to create new classrooms and a library for Hudson Community College and was part of the college’s urban campus until 2017 when it was acquired by the City of Jersey City.
The existing building has retained many of the original historic features including original brick masonry with terracotta / cast stone copings, parapet, cornice, woodwork and a ground level band of limestone / cast stone and the main entrance. The historical elements will be preserved and restored to highlight the historical past of the building.
The building structure allows for generous and flexible open spaces to be used as galleries and spaces for a variety of other cultural uses. Generous floor-to-ceiling heights and wide access to daylight offer many opportunities for the future fit-out of the existing building.
The building is directly adjacent to the Journal Square Transportation Center and Journal Square station of the PATH rail transportation system, with easy access to the greater metropolitan area.
The west facade of the building overlooks a wide concrete pedestrian walkway that directly connects the PATH transit system to Sip Ave and Journal Square.
The President of the Center Pompidou Serge Lasvignes: “Our ongoing experiments in Metz (France), Malaga (Spain), Brussels (Belgium) and Shanghai (China) have proven the strength and relevance of our path to get out of our walls and conclude innovative partnerships. I am so happy and grateful that the Center Pompidou opens a dialogue with the United States of Jersey City, a very vibrant and diverse community. “
- Phil Murphy: “We are proud to welcome the Center Pompidou to New Jersey and look forward to the opening of what is destined to become one of North America’s premier cultural attractions.
- First Lady Tammy Murphy: “As a state that is both the first in the country to provide universal arts education to our public school students as well as the home of over 700 arts organizations, New Jersey is uniquely able to appreciate all that this incredible partnership will provide. “
- Jason Long, OMA Partner, who will serve as Chief Architect: “We look forward to working with Mayor Fulop, Jersey City and the Center Pompidou to transform the Pathside Building into a revolutionary new space for art, culture and community whose impact will be felt far beyond New Jersey.