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MoMA PS1 is one of the largest and oldest contemporary art institutions in the United States , based in Queens , New York City . In addition to its exhibitions, the institution organizes the annual Warm Up Summer Music Series and the MoMA PS1 Young Architecture Program with the Museum of Modern Art New York. In addition, until 2009 the MoMA PS1 operated the Internet radio station WPS1, which was founded in 2004.


Exterior view

PS1 (today MoMA PS1) was founded in 1976 by Alanna Heiss. It emerged from the Institute for Art and Urban Resources , an organization founded by Heiss in 1971 to transform vacant buildings in New York City into studios and exhibition spaces. Heiss, who was the director of MoMA PS1 until 2008, was born in Louisville , Kentucky in 1943 and grew up in a rural community in southern Illinois . She graduated with a BA from Lawrence University in Appleton , Wisconsin , where she was enrolled as a fellow at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music.

Aware that New York was a worldwide attraction for contemporary artists in the 1970s, as well as the belief that traditional museums did not provide adequate exhibition space for site-specific art, Heiss decided to found an alternative art institution. At that time, Heiss was working as an organizer for contemporary art in various public institutions . It was in this environment that she met the architecture and theater critic Brendan Gill , with whom she developed a long-term friendship and professional collaboration. In 1971, Heiss and Gill jointly founded The Institute for Art and Urban Resources . They began renovating numerous vacant buildings in New York City to use them for cultural events. Among the converted sites were 10 Bleecker Street , the Coney Island Sculpture Museum, and the Idea Warehouse in Tribeca . Subsequently, in 1973, a municipal building in south Manhattan was opened as the Clocktower Gallery , whose inaugural exhibitions were dedicated to the artists Joel Shapiro , Richard Tuttle and James Bishop. The Clocktower Gallery developed into a respected facility for alternative exhibition culture and, due to its distinctive spatiality, became a popular location for monographic exhibitions and site-specific installations.

MoMA PS1 toilet

In 1976 Heiss opened an art gallery - today's MoMA PS1 - in an empty school. This building housed Long Island City's first school, which closed in 1960 due to low student numbers. With the spacious premises of the former school, Heiss was not only able to expand the exhibition capacities, but also to provide studio space for artists. The PS1 part of the name stands for Primary School One and thus implicitly reflects the history of the building.

After MoMA PS1 had to close in 1994 for three years of renovation work, it reopened in October 1997. The project, led by the architect Frederick Fisher, created a large outdoor gallery, a representative entrance area and a two-story project area in the main building.

In 2008, Heiss left MoMA PS1 and founded the radio station Art International Radio (AIR) , which as an institution is independent of MoMA PS1, but has several programs in its program that were originally broadcast by WPS1. AIR also produces its own articles on art and culture. From January 2010 to 2018 Klaus Biesenbach was the director of MoMA PS1, who moved to MOCA Los Angeles .

Affiliation with the Museum of Modern Art New York

In January 2000, MoMA PS1 and the Museum of Modern Art New York (MoMA) officially announced their collaboration. The merger brings together a pioneering institution for contemporary art and the world-famous museum. The main goal of the partnership between MoMA PS1 and MoMA is to bring contemporary art to the general public.

The collaborative exhibition programs of both institutions make it possible to make use of their respective strengths and resources in order to lead a deeper and more diverse cultural discourse . The first significant collaboration between MoMA PS1 and the Museum of Modern Art New York took place in 2000 as part of the Greater New York Show , an exhibition that featured more than 140 young artists from the New York region. This major project was repeated in 2005 and 2010 and has become a magnifying glass for the diversity and dynamism of the New York art scene.

Artists and exhibition programs

Since it was founded, MoMA PS1 has been promoting a discourse with experimental art. Past exhibitions have included works by artists such as Janet Cardiff , Robert Grosvenor , David Hammons , Hilma af Klint , Donald Lipski, Olafur Eliasson , John McCracken , Dennis Oppenheim , Michelangelo Pistoletto , Alan Saret, Katharina Sieverding , Keith Sonnier , Michael Tracy, John Wesley , Franz West , Maria Lassnig , Karen Yasinsky , Peter Young and many more. Numerous exhibitions tour other museums and exhibition houses in the United States and abroad.

For the annual exhibition cycle in MoMA PS1, several gallery rooms are provided for the exhibition series International and National Projects . This initiative dates back to the inaugural Rooms exhibition in 1976 and is widely recognized as the first major exhibition opportunity for young artists in New York City. These solo exhibitions are organized by the curatorial department of MoMA PS1. The artists receive an exhibition space and assistance in setting up their exhibition. Artists who most recently took part in the International and National Projects program include Eberhard Bosslet , Joe Bradley, Mike Cloud, Kira Lynn Harris, Drew Heitzler, Kalup Linzy, Curtis Mitchell, Lisi Raskin, Kon Trubkovich, Su-Mei Tse and Thierry Geoffroy .

In 2008, the MINUS SPACE exhibition was organized at MoMA PS1 . In collaboration with MINUS SPACE curatorial projects from Brooklyn, New York, a show with 54 artists from 14 countries was shown. The exhibition was curated by Phong Bui, editor of Brooklyn Rail magazine.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) , the state ministries responsible for the fine arts and various art universities award scholarships to German artists for guest stays at MoMA PS1 lasting several months. Scholarship holders were u. a. Jo Achermann , Heinz Breloh , Rolf Julius , Stiletto Studio, s , Mathilde ter Heijne , Barbara Heinisch , Ter Hell , Sabine Hornig , Stephan Huber , László Lakner , Stefan Micheel , Olaf Nicolai , Cornelia Schleime , Thomas Struth and Carl Emanuel Wolff .

Young Architects Program

Architectural installation Canopy 2004, nARCHITECTS

The annual Young Architects Program (YAP) is a competition organized by MoMA PS1 and the Museum of Modern Art. Both institutions are calling on young architects to submit a design draft for the museum courtyard of MoMA PS1. The winning design will be implemented and will act as an architectural backdrop for the music and party series Warm Up on MoMA PS1. The 2010 YAP winners were Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu from SO-IL architecture firm in Brooklyn , NY., And HWKN from 5th Ave, Manhattan, NYC in 2012.

Architectural installation Wendy 2012 by HWKN

Past YAP winners

  • 2018 - Hide & Seek from Dream the Combine (Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers) together with ARUP (Clayton Binkley)
  • 2017 - Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio
  • 2016 - Weaving the Courtyard by Escobedo Soliz Studio (Mexico City)
  • 2015 - COSMO by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation (New York)
  • 2014 - Hy-Fi by The Living (David Benjamin, New York)
  • 2013 - Party Wall by CODA (Caroline O'Donnell, Ithaca)
  • 2012 - Wendy from HWKN (Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushner, New York)
  • 2011 - Holding Pattern from Interboro Partners (Brooklyn)
  • 2010 - Pole Dance by Solid Objectives - Idenburg Liu (Brooklyn)
  • 2009 - afterparty by MOS (Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample, New Haven / Cambridge)
  • 2008 - Public Farm 1 by WORK Architecture Company (Amale Andraos and Dan Wood, New York)
  • 2007 - Liquid Sky by Ball-Nogues (Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues, Los Angeles)
  • 2006 - BEATFUSE! by OBRA Architects (Pablo Castro and Jennifer Lee, New York)
  • 2005 - SUR by Xefirotarch (Hernan Diaz Alonso, Los Angeles)
  • 2004 - Canopy by nARCHITECTS (Mimi Hoang and Eric Bunge, New York)
  • 2003 - Light-Wing by EMERGENT Architecture (Tom Wiscombe, Los Angeles)
  • 2002 - Playa Urbana / Urban Beach by William E. Massie (New York)
  • 2001 - subWave by ROY (Lindy Roy, New York)
  • 2000 - Dunescape by SHoP (Christopher R. Sharples, Coren D. Sharples, William W. Sharples, Kimberly J. Holden and Gregg A. Pasquarelli)
  • 1999 - DJ Pavilion by Philip Johnson
  • 1998 - Percutaneous Delights by Gelatin (Ali Janka, Florian Reither, Tobias Urban and Wolfgang Gantner, Vienna)

Warm up

The Warm Up at MoMA PS1 is a music and party series and is one of the most anticipated summer events in New York City. The event takes place within the award-winning architectural installation of the annual Young Architecture Program - an architectural competition organized by MoMA PS1 and the Museum of Modern Art New York. The interplay of music and the exhibition program forms a special cultural event for music fans and those interested in art.

Warm Up was launched in 1997 as a party series. The event takes place every Saturday from July to early September and gathers thousands of local and international visitors. The highlights of the party series include performances by internationally recognized musicians and DJs such as: Groove Collective, Afrika Bambaataa , DJ Harvey, Mad Professor , Richie Hawtin , Francois K, Fischerspooner , Kid Koala , Arto Lindsay , Ratata, Scissor Sisters , Luke Vibert and many others more.


WPS1 was MoMA PS1's internet radio station. The sender Art International Radio , the Alana Heiss founded after leaving MoMA PS1, draws on program material that was originally used by WPS1.

The radio station broadcast 24 hours a day and provided an on-demand service for cultural programs. The broadcasting center was housed in the historic Clocktower Gallery in south Manhattan, where a network of studios broadcast live and recorded programming to a worldwide audience. Art International Radio is now based in the same location. The radio station broadcasts interviews with contemporary artists, poets, authors, choreographers, musicians, art dealers and critics.

Long-term installations

Although MoMA PS1 does not have its own museum collection, there are several long-term installations in the exhibition house:

  • Richard Artschwager, Exit-Don't fight City Hall , 1976


  • Klaus Biesenbach, Neville Wakefield, Cornelia Butler: Greater New York 2010. MoMA PS1, New York 2010, ISBN 978-0-9841776-2-2 .
  • Klaus Biesenbach (Ed.): Greater New York 2005. PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York 2005, ISBN 0-87070-987-9 .

Individual evidence

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  2. Cf. Eleonor Hartney: The Return of the Red-Brick Alternative. In: Elizabeth C. Baker (Ed.): Art in America. Vol. 86, no. 1, 1998, New York City 1998, pp. 56-67.
  3. Alex Greenberger: Klaus Biesenbach Named Director of MOCA Los Angeles. In: ARTnews. July 31, 2018. Retrieved March 22, 2019 (American English).
  4. Carol Vogel: PS 1 Appoints Former Curator as Its New Director. In: The New York Times. October 21, 2009.
  11. MoMA PS1 / YAP website

Web links

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