MoMA PS1 is one of the oldest art institutions in the United States dedicated solely to exhibiting contemporary art. Located in the neighborhood of Long Island City in the borough of Queens in New York, MoMA PS1 is an exhibition space that is devoted to displaying the most experimental art in the world. In addition to its range of exhibitions, the art institution is also involved in educational programming such as the Warm Up summer music series, the International and National Projects series, and the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, which is run in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art.
Vision and Mission
To support innovation and creativity, MoMA PS1 aims to be the leading advocate and catalyst for new ideas, trends and discourses in contemporary art by actively pursuing new and emerging artists, bold new work by recognized artists, and new genres of art. MoMA PS1 does this by presenting a unique and diverse program of exhibitions, site-specific installations, music performances, artists' retrospectives and art-based programs in a welcoming environment where visitors can explore the work of contemporary artists.
MoMA PS1 began its life as the Institute for Art and Urban Resources Inc., which was founded in 1971 by Alanna Heiss. Established as an organization dedicated to organizing exhibitions in abandoned and underutilized and spaces across New York City, the Institute’s first major exhibition was in 1976 and was called the ‘Rooms’ exhibition. The show invited artists to transform the building's unique spaces, which grew into a long-standing tradition which is still held up today. The building’s spaces have been transformed into site-specific art by artists such as William Kentridge, James Turrell, Lawrence Weiner, Pipilotti Rist, and others.
The building was used as exhibition, performance, and studio spaces for the next 20 years before being renovated, renamed the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1) and reopened in 1997. The renovation retained much of the original architecture and unique classroom-sized galleries and is renowned today as New York’s leading contemporary art center. MoMA PS1 became an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art in 2000, extending the reach of both institutions to make them one of the greatest collecting museums of modern art.
MoMA PS1 is renowned for championing innovative and experimental art forms, which is showcased in a range of exhibitions, installations, and performances throughout the year. Past exhibitions have included ‘Rooms’ (1976), and ‘The Sister Chapel’ (the 1970s) featuring artists such as Dennis Oppenheim, Janet Cardiff, Keith Sonnier, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and Katharina Sieverding, among others. ‘Disasters of War: Francisco de Goya, Henry Darger, Jake and Dinos Chapman’ (2000), and ‘Greater New York’(2000) are two other exceptional exhibitions, the latter of which is remounted every five years, and ‘Minus Space ‘(2008) and ‘IKEA Disobedients’ (2012) are two more recent exhibits at the institution.
The International and National Projects is an exhibition that reserves eight spaces for International and National Project artists every exhibition season and has included Kira Lynn Harris, Joe Bradley, Lisi Raskin, Drew Heitzler, and James Pernetto, among others.
MoMA PS1 presents a music series summer event every year known as Warm Up, which is housed in an architectural installation that has been created by the winner of the annual MoMA PS1 and MoMA organized Young Architects Program. Together, the architecture, music and exhibition program provide a unique multisensory experience for artists, music fans, artists, and patrons alike. The series runs every Saturday during the summer season from July through early September and attracts thousands of local and international visitors each day.
VW Sunday Sessions
VW Sunday Sessions is an acclaimed program at MoMA PS1 that gives visitors the chance to experience art live and in real time. Focusing on artistic practices that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions commissions and supports new work, emerging artists, curators and other cultural instigators to share their thoughts, ideas, and latest projects. The program aims to enhance dialogue and conversations, music and dance, performance and moving images to demonstrate how they push the viewer to engage with the contemporary art world in creative and illuminating ways.
MoMA PS1 is located on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City in New York and is open to the public Thursday through Monday from 12: 00 pm to 6: 00 pm and is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The museum offers guided group tours, which focus on the current exhibitions and long-term installations, as well as an overview of the architecture and history of the building. Visitors can also enjoy an interactive tour and workshop two-hour program that includes a tour of the current exhibitions and long-term installations followed by an activity or workshop based on the themes of the excursion.
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