MoMA PS1: Do you have any better idea what to do on a Sunday with the kids?

BY AVGI MARIA ATMATZIDOU

Sunday it’s on the way and you simply don’t know what to do with the kids especially when the weather isn’t good. It is Museum’s day and our proposal is for MoMA PS1, located in 22-25 Jackson Avenue, founded in 1971 is the first nonprofit arts center in the US devoted solely to contemporary art.

MoMa PS1

MoMA PS1, formerly P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit arts centers in the United States devoted to contemporary art. Recognized as a defining force in the alternative space movement, MoMA PS1 stands out from other major arts institutions through its distinctive approach to exhibitions and direct involvement of artists within a scholarly framework. Functioning as a living, active meeting place for the general public, MoMA PS1 is a catalyst for ideas, discourses, and new trends in contemporary art. MoMA PS1 was founded in 1971 by Alanna Heiss and has been an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art since 2000.

The alternative movements

MoMA PS1 is devoted to the production, presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of the work of innovative artists in all mediums, fostering creativity and uninhibited artistic exploration. Its programs reflect the complex nature of international artistic practice, serve a broad and diverse audience, and stimulate discourse on the art of our time. MoMA PS1’s exhibitions, presentations, educational activities, residency programs, and publications investigate the dynamic and provocative nature of art. Its focus includes recognizing the work of emerging artists, placing disparate media into meaningful contemporary contexts, and defining alternative movements and endeavors. MoMA PS1 is a vital cultural resource for New York City and serves constituencies beyond New York with traveling exhibitions, a studio program, publications, and representation by professional staff. Overall, MoMA PS1 aims to provide an engaging environment for artists; to inform, inspire, and challenge its audiences; to actively attract new audiences; and to be an accessible resource that elevates the role of art in our contemporary world.

What’s on

Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011 is organized by Peter Eleey, Chief Curator, and Ruba Katrib, Curator, MoMA PS1; with Jocelyn Miller, Assistant Curator; Josephine Graf, Curatorial Assistant; and Oliver Shultz, former Curatorial Associate. Through March 1. American-led military engagement in Iraq over the last 30 years has had an indelible impact on contemporary culture and the work of artists around the world. This large-scale group exhibition examines the legacies of these conflicts beginning with the Gulf War in 1991, featuring over 300 works by more than 80 artists based in Iraq and its diasporas, as well as those responding to the war from the West. While brief, the 1991 Gulf War marked the start of a prolonged conflict with Iraq that led to more than a decade of sanctions and the 2003 Iraq War. These wars and their aftermaths have had devastating impacts on Iraq and its people, contributing to the destabilization of the broader Middle East. Conflict with Iraq has also become an enduring part of American life, influencing culture, politics, and identity. The artists in Theater of Operations were also impacted by significant cultural change during this period—including the advent of the 24-hour news cycle, the Internet, and new media and military technologies. The wide range of perspectives included in this exhibition attests to the rich artistic traditions of contemporary Iraq, with artists working under conditions of war, embargo, and occupation placed in conversation with those responding to these wars from afar.

Artist interventions

Artist interventions at MoMA PS1 can be seen year-round. These site-specific installations range in scale and medium; some are obvious to the eye while others are more subtly placed. Many installations have remained on view since the 1970s, when MoMA PS1 was The Institute for Art and Urban Resources Inc. Since MoMA PS1 is the largest non-collecting contemporary art institution in the world, these works belong to the artists.

James Turrell’s: Meeting

One of artist James Turrell’s celebrated Skyspaces, Meeting is a site-specific installation that invites viewers to gaze upwards toward an unobstructed view of the sky. A key representative of the “Light and Space” movement centered in Los Angeles during the 1960s, James Turrell creates works of art that consist primarily of light, exploring fundamental questions about the nature of human perception by rendering tangible the act of vision.

Meeting was the second Skyspace that Turrell constructed and the first in the United States—becoming a prototype for the many subsequent such works he would construct over the following decades. Originally commissioned in 1976 by P.S.1 founder Alanna Heiss for the museum’s inaugural exhibition, the work was not realized until 1980, and Turrell continued to make modifications until it opened to the public in 1986. In 2016, after a renovation that replaced the original seating and added a new multi-colored lighting program synchronized with the sunrise and sunset, Meetingentered the collection of The Museum of Modern Art.

Meeting is located on the northern side of MoMA PS1’s third floor. Access is included with gallery admission during regular museum hours. Please note that seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are encouraged to monitor the weather and dress accordingly. Meeting will be closed in the case of rain, snow, or other inclement weather.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Niki de Saint Phalle Apr 5 – Sep7, 2020
Niki de Saint Phalle
 (American and French, 1930‒2002) created exuberant works intended to transform environments, individuals, and society. The first New York museum exhibition of the work of this visionary feminist and activist artist will feature over 100 works that highlight Saint Phalle’s interdisciplinary approach and engagement with pressing social and political issues.For more info about all upcoming events, performance programs, film series and more: moma.org/ps1

22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, 12:00–6:00 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Η Αυγή Μαρία Ατματζίδου είναι Πρόεδρος του Mykonos Multimedia Festival και Good will Ambassador του European Youth Award. Έχει Diploma in Digital Marketing, Bachelor in Mass Communication  and Media Arts, Master in Interactive Multimedia, Master in Psychoanalysis and Consulting και είναι PhD candidate in Film and Television. Έχει γράψει, διασκευάσει, σκηνοθετήσει και κάνει την παραγωγή σε 12 καλλιτεχνικές παραγωγές και έχει υπάρξει δημοσιογράφος σε τηλεόραση, ραδιόφωνο, έντυπα και ιστοσελίδες. Τα τελευταία χρόνια μένει στη Νέα Υόρκη και αγωνίζεται για την διάδοση του ελληνικού πολιτισμού αλλά και για τα δικαιώματα των γυναικών και των παιδιών.