On a vacation to brilliant New York City, it is easy to limit an itinerary to the basics: Times Square, a Broadway show, or getting a snapshot of the Statue of Liberty. However, New York City also offers a variety of captivating museums like the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA’s sister museum, MoMA PS1 (or, Museum of Modern Art, Public School 1). Located in the Long Island City neighborhood of New York City, MoMA PS1 is an exemplary gem of a museum with a rich history and a promising future.
What Is MoMa PS1?
The first nonprofit arts center in the United States for contemporary art, MoMA PS1 was founded in 1971 by Alanna Heiss, a champion for turning abandoned NYC buildings into temporary art museums. Since then, MoMA has featured numerous important works both inside and outside its walls. It now attracts over 200,000 guests a year, solidifying this innovative museum as a favorite for contemporary art lovers across the country.
MoMA PS1’s schedule
- Hours: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sunday and Monday (open until 8:00 PM Thursday to Saturday)
In the exhibits of MoMA PS1, visitors will have the chance to get an insider’s perspective on how the citizens of New York have grappled with the ecological, political, and social upheavals which have molded New York City into what it is today. Greater New York, PS1 Courtyard: an experiment in creative ecologies, and Heard Immunity: Poems and Pictures Now are three magnetic installments every visitor to New York City should consider experiencing.
Greater New York
On its fifth return to MoMA PS1, Greater New York, an exhibit highlighting various NYC artists, provides onlookers with an up-close-and-personal look at the heart of New York City and its many inhabitants. Greater New York helps spectators identify what New Yorkers and tourists find familiar in the state’s art world and guides them into the territories of more marginalized voices and avant-garde ideas. The works of forty-seven different artists help shed light on the intimate lives of New Yorkers: how they both belong to a community and how some stand as observers from the outside.
- When: Oct 7, 2021–Apr 18, 2022
- Pricing: free with admission
As the state of New York responds to the ebb and flow of the COVID-19 pandemic, this fifth version of MoMA’s Greater New York gives artists the chance to have their voices heard after many months of lockdowns and isolation. Guests can walk in these artists’ footsteps as they re-emerge into the world of art, allowing space to recognize the pain, confusion, and ambiguity these artists had faced during the pandemic.
PS1 Courtyard: An Experiment In Creative Ecologies
PS1 Courtyard: an experiment in creative ecologies makes use of PS1’s Courtyard, an outdoor space lined in concrete outside the MoMA PS1 building. This exhibit breaks down the figurative walls between the museum and the community of New York.
- When: ongoing
- Pricing: free with admission
- PS1 Courtyard: an experiment in creative ecologies brings together three different artists, Rashid Johnson, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Raúl de Nieves.
Johnson presents vignettes of Thought Collectives, in which he re-imagines public spaces and how they might be used more artistically.
He makes use of the Courtyard’s walls of gray concrete to demonstrate how visual art can benefit unusual spaces.
Niki de Saint Phalle
La femme et L'oiseau Fontaine (1967), a sculpture reminiscent of one of Niki de Saint Phalle’s recognizable Nana sculptures, this work features a woman balanced precariously on top of a bird. It is a fascinating fountain that evokes themes of feminism and feminine competency.
Saint Phalle helps onlookers consider the idea of bringing art into the outside world, rather than continuing to perpetuate the idea that sculptures and other art should be confined to indoor spaces.
Raúl de Nieves
Influenced by Saint Phalle’s sculptures, de Nieves’s installation, The Stories of the Past Rejoice through Children's Skies (2021) draws the eye toward the walls, where church-like windows evoke the reflective atmosphere of worship.
His works focus on examining life’s complexities, calling back to Saint Phalle’s affinity for mysticism and fantasy in her sculptures.
Heard Immunity: Poems and Pictures Now
Created by Gregg Bordowitz, this exhibit responds to the current state of the world as it pertains to public health and safety as it evolves alongside current economic and political conflict. The participants, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Samiya Bashir, Dolores Dorantes, Cathy Park Hong, Joy Ladin, Fred Moten, Pamela Sneed have contributed works including poetry, prose, and photography.
- When: ongoing
- Pricing: free
- Note: a free ebook is available which combines the performances for the public
Below are the suggested ticket prices, but guests also have the chance to select a donation-based ticket This allows visitors to pay whatever price they want at the door.
- Adults: $10
- Students and Seniors: $5
- Children, members, and NYC residents: Free
In conclusion, a trip to New York City is not complete without a visit to one of the city’s many different state-of-the-art museums. MoMA PS1 is a fantastic way to learn about New York City’s thriving and progressive art world, and it would make a great compliment to other more mainstream New York tourist attractions. Guests will walk away from MoMA PS1 with expanded ideas on how the pandemic and other challenges have shaped New York City, and hopefully, bring home a more sensitive outlook on the experiences of artists!