MoMA PS1 and the MoMA mothership have announced today that CODA, an experimental architectural firm based in Ithaca, NY, was selected as the winner of the 2013 Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens. The winning project, appropriately called “Party Wall,” is comprised of a steel structure which is covered with wooden interlocking forms and various water features.
“Your mind is not here,” she explains. Standing in the center of the room clad in a floor-length black dress, she is a sharp contrast to the stark white walls. The sweeping space feels anything but, packed as it is with onlookers — some seemingly starstruck, others bewildered — sitting closely together on the gallery floor. “We have to figure out how we can put your minds right here.”
For the last week, MoMA PS1 director and curator Klaus Biesenbach has been actively tweeting about the devastation in the Rockaways section of Queens, which was hit hard by post-tropical cyclone Sandy. While power returned to most of lower Manhattan late Friday night and 80% of the city’s subway system is back up and running today, some parts of New York continue to pick up the pieces from the Frankenstorm storm that rocked New York, New Jersey, and the surrounding region.
On first glance, some may wonder why MoMA PS1, a New York contemporary art museum, has just opened a historical exhibition of art from Los Angeles. But as MoMA PS1 curator Peter Eleey explained at the press preview last week, the show in question, Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980, actually has a connection to the New York institution.
On Sunday, my Hyperallergic Weekend colleague Claudia La Rocco published a piece in The New York Times titled “Museum Shows With Moving Parts,” which explored the expanding presence of dance in museum settings.
Wendy is a 70-foot-tall, blue sea urchin at MoMA PS1 … and she’s Gotham’s new ecological savior!
Québécois cuisine in New York hasn’t been the same after M. Wells Dinette closed in Long Island City. But wait, the boîte will be resurrected as the new cafeteria-ish eatery at MoMA’s hipper sister in Queens, PS1. Sure, Rirkrit Tiravanija’s curry kitchen, aka “Untitled (Free)” (1992), is feeding gallery goers at the MoMA mothership on 53rd Street, but anyone can eat Thai nowadays. Québécois is what all the cool kids are doing. C’est super cool!
Get out the syringe, it’s time for your shot of art for the week. We promise it won’t be painful. This week the medicine comes in the form of museum exhibitions both big and small, including Sherrie Levine’s retrospective at the Whitney, the much anticipated opening of the Met’s Islamic wing, and round-up of seminal art from the 1980s in Hudson Valley that’s worth the trip to upstate New York. We’re also prescribing two events that mix visual art and music, a combo that is sure to cure any illness.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary, MoMA PS1 organized a group exhibition, titled September 11, now on view to January 9, 2012. Curator Peter Eleey has brought together more than 70 works by 41 artists — many made prior to 9/11 — to investigate the attacks’ enduring resonance.
Avoiding sensational images of the attack, as well as art made directly in response, the exhibition offers an entry point by which to contemplate the tragic event and its after effects and to look at the ways it has changed how we see and experience the world in its wake.
“The museum is a participatory social space,” Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large for MoMA, said to an eager crown of 200 in his introductory address for this inaugural edition of his Summer School series. Modeled after the salon style teaching more commonly practiced in European arts capitals, PS1’s two-part lecture series was offered free to undergraduates. It featured a classroom experience with James Franco and Gus Van Sant, among others.
Let the avalanche of September 11 exhibitions begin. As the tenth anniversary of the attack approaches, the art world gears up to remember and reflect with some of the bigger (and most intriguing) shows slated to run at blockbuster institutions like the Met, MoMA PS1 and the New Museum, as well as the opening of the Memorial Museum itself at the World Trade Center site on September 12. This Wednesday, I attended a small and intimate show at 7 World Trade Center that was a bit of quiet before the storm