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MoMA PS1 Sunday Sessions

Sunday Sessions is a weekly presentation of performance, moving images, music, dance, and discursive programs. Its mission is to embrace live arts as an integral aspect of contemporary practice and ask how these different art forms produce specific ways of thinking and useful means to engage with the world.

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Christoph Schlingensief at MoMA PS1

The Christoph Schlingensief retrospective at MoMA PS1, titled simply Christoph Schlingensief, seeks to capture the career of an artist whose practice is particularly ill-suited to an exhibition.

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Post image for Burning into the Night: Maria Lassnig’s 70 Years of Painting

Maria Lassnig’s retrospective at MoMA PS1 is the largest survey of her work ever mounted in the United States. It reveals an idiosyncratic artist whose quirks and caprices, especially in her later work, can feel willful, even perverse — up to a point.

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Post image for Folk Art Museum Architects Denounce Demolition, MoMA PS1 Proposed as Possible Site for Facade

With scaffolding now shrouding its embattled façade, the architects behind the ill-fated American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) have broken their silence over the demolition of the acclaimed building, denouncing the “senseless and unnecessary act of destruction” in a brief statement posted online yesterday and a longer interview in the New York Times today.

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Post image for Welcome to Mike Kelley University

The Mike Kelley retrospective at MoMA PS1 is, in a word, large. One might expect as much, given that it is a retrospective, but this one is uniquely big: it marks the first time the entire museum has ever been given over to one artist.

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Post image for You Can Now Take Photos at MoMA PS1

The museum has quietly gone and changed its photo policy.

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Essays

James Turrell, The Natural, and The Artificial

by Rick Moody on September 9, 2013

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I have been in the presence of the Grand Canyon four times so far, have been down the lip of the Grand Canyon a couple of miles, have seen it in a variety of seasons — spring, summer, and fall — in a variety of weather conditions — snowfall on the rim and desert heat down below — among a throng and in a stupefied solitude, and so far I have not depleted the Grand Canyon. Indeed, I have not yet made a start on it.

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Post image for What Do Drunk Party Kids Think of MoMA PS1’s Eco Art?

Every summer, PS1’s Warm Up party series brings a couple thousand sweaty bodies into its concrete courtyard — to rub greasily against each other while the world’s foremost underground DJs (some of whom are so old-school and obscure, they amount to unicorn sightings) spin in a booth perched atop the museum’s stairs. The air is always oppressively feverish, and the crowds who come to party — who range from Tumblr tweens to greying hippies — sweat out the MDMA as quickly as they can lick it out of damp plastic baggies.

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Post image for Klaus Biesenbach #ArtTalk Recap

On Monday, a sold-out crowd turned out for our inaugural ArtTalk with Klaus Biesenbach. The event could not have been a more auspicious launch for the #ArtTalk series, with which we hope to host edifying speakers engaged with the world of visual culture in unique and provocative ways.

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Post image for Major New Multifaceted Exhibition Focuses on Ecology and Environmental Issues

The word “expo” conjures big visions: grand pavilions, ferris wheels, exotic exhibitions, a world’s fair. But last Sunday, a different kind of expo opened at MoMA PS1, in Long Island City, Queens — Expo 1: New York, the latest curatorial effort of the institution’s director, Klaus Biesenbach. It’s not quite a world’s fair, but Expo 1, which is the result of a ongoing partnership between MoMA and Volkswagen, riffs on the idea by comprising many pieces that fit loosely together as a whole. It might best be described as an exhibition of exhibitions, or an extremely multifaceted exhibition, or an exhibition that’s “not only an exhibition,” as Biesenbach said at a press preview last week. He also talked about it in terms of wrapping “an envelope around the building [MoMA PS1],” while curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, a co-organizer of the show, called it “almost like a Russian babushka.” This was shortly after Obrist posed the essential question from which Expo 1 sprang: “What is a large-scale exhibition for the 21st century?”

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