The MoMA PS1 is a famous contemporary art center located in the Queens neighborhood of New York. Since 2001 it is a separate branch of the MoMA, Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.
cover image: MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York. Image courtesy MoMA PS1.
Photo by Pablo Enriquez
The PS1 acronym means Public School One and comes from the former destination of the building where the center is housed, once a schoolhouse.
The PS1 was founded in 1971 as the Institute for Art and Urban Resources Inc, to present contemporary art exhibitions within disused urban spaces.
Since its opening, the PS1 has been an institution focused on the newest art trends, promoting emerging artists and exploring intersections between various art forms, including music, theatrical performances, and video-art. It is now widely recognized as one of the world’s most important centers of its kind.
In 1997 the PS1 building underwent a major renovation, in 2001 the center became an affiliate to the Museum of Modern Art and was renamed MoMA PS1.
The MoMA PS1 does not have a permanent collection; therefore, its activity is mostly focused on the organization of temporary exhibitions, performances, concerts, special events, lectures, workshops, and educational programs. In collaboration with the MoMA, the PS1 manages the annual YAP – Young Architects Program, aimed to allow young architects to design and build a temporary pavilion located within the PS1 premises.
The center also accommodates a shop and the M. Wells Dinette restaurant.
The MoMA PS1 is fully accessible to physically impaired people.
MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. The lobby. Photo by Martin Seck
MoMA PS1 long-term installation Meeting by James Turrell.
James Turrell. Meeting. 1980–86/2016. Light and space. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mark and Lauren Booth in honor of the 40th anniversary of MoMA PS1.
Photo: Pablo Enriquez
MoMA PS1 long-term installation In the Woods by Ernesto Caivano.
Ernesto Caivano. In the Woods. 2004. © 2018 Ernesto Caivano. Photo: Martin Seck
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