Rain Room (2012), a large-scale environment by Random International, is presented at The Museum of Modern Art from May 12 to July 28, 2013, as part of EXPO 1: New York. Rain Room consists of a field of falling water that visitors may walk through and experience how it might feel to control the rain. The work also invites visitors to explore what role science, technology, and human ingenuity can play in stabilizing our environment. Using digital technology, Rain Room is a carefully choreographed downpour—a monumental work that encourages people to become performers on an unexpected stage, while creating an intimate atmosphere of contemplation.
Rain Room is open daily during regular Museum hours. Note: Admittance to the queue will end once it reaches capacity, prior to Museum closing.
The entrance to Rain Room is on West 54 Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues. Same-day MoMA admission, EXPO 1: New York admission, or a MoMA membership card is required for entry. EXPO 1: New York ticket may be applied toward MoMA membership and MoMA admission through July 28.
MoMA members and their guests enjoy priority access to Rain Room at all times, as well as an exclusive early member viewing hour, from 9:30 to 10:30 AM daily throughout the run of the installation. (Not a MoMA member? Join now.)
Corporate Card holders and their guests enjoy priority access to Rain Room at all times. However, priority access to this installation does not extend to Corporate Member employees (those holding only an employee ID).
In order for visitors to enjoy the sensory experience of Rain Room, capacity is limited to 10 people at a time. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis and wait times are expected to be significant. Entry is not guaranteed. Please note that the queue for Rain Room is outside, so plan your visit accordingly.
Please keep the following information in mind as you plan your visit.
- Visitors should be aware that this is a dark installation featuring falling water. It is possible that you may get slightly wet.
- In order for the technology to work most effectively, visitors are discouraged from wearing dark, shiny, reflective fabrics, fabrics made of raincoat material, or skinny high heels.
- Children must be closely supervised at all times and visitors should proceed slowly through the installation.
- Rain Room is subject to close for brief periods during the day if maintenance is required.
- Photography is encouraged in Rain Room. Post your photos or videos on Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr with the hashtag #RainRoom, and they will appear in a live stream at MoMAPS1.org/expo1.