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August 15, 2014  |  MoMA PS1, Warm Up
Warm Up 2014: Design Playground

Every summer, in addition to the convergence of exhibitions, dance troupes, music performances, and the Young Architects Program installation, we are thrilled that design has become an integral part of Saturdays at Warm Up. For the past four seasons, Warm Up has invited local, emerging artists to envision and realize pop-up performance environments for our stage set, which rotate every weekend. This year Chen Chen & Kai Williams (@chenandkai), CONFETTISYSTEM (@confettisystem), Fort Makers (@fortmakers), Fort Standard (@fort_standard), Nightwood (@nightwoodny), and The Principals (@the_principals) each present their own take on summer vibes with installations that give each studio the opportunity to realize a large-scale and event-specific creation. From an abstract, Memphis design-inspired nautical pillow forest (Fort Makers); to a glam-rock, metallic take on utilitarian rescue blankets (CONFETTISYSTEM); to sculptural forms made from industrial fans, dry ice, and tetrahedron-shaped origami forms inspired by 1950s Swedish food packaging; to a backdrop made entirely by a community weaving project using recycled materials (Nightwood); to a sea of neon inflatables (Fort Standard); to a landscape of kinetic forms inspired by prosthetic technology used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis that expand and contract in response to sound waves (The Principals), all of our designers each have a highly specific and dynamic vision for their contribution.

Each artist collective/design studio operates its own commercial practice, which informs and inspires their work for Warm Up, and for the first time this summer, we are also including these items in our new Weekend Shop, a retail space organized in collaboration with Artbook to focus on the art, objects, and music made by Warm Up stage artists and performers. The store features a large selection of vinyl, CD, and cassettes, as well as tabletop and interior objects, games, jewelry, and other beautiful and inventive products. For instance, CONFETTISYSTEM has made a Warm Up–exclusive product for the store, Party Packs inspired by bodega snack displays. In addition, the store features a listening and music-making station with an array of synthesizers and samplers, organized by CTRL Brooklyn, allowing visitors to not just enjoy the sounds of Warm Up, but to learn how to make them.

We are lucky to be working this year with Instagram to make the most of these visual, kinetic elements of Warm Up, and our designers have risen to the challenge. They’ve created spectacles that amplify the cadence of the day, providing playful surprises that allow the crowd to physically interact with the designs, making the stage not just something for the musicians to inhabit, but something that expands outward to the audience (and upwards, since many pieces, like beach balls and confetti-filled piñatas, are launched, projectile-style, off of the roof).

With four Saturdays left, come revel in Warm Up’s design playground!

The Warm Up stages are realized in collaboration with Cecelia Thornton-Alson and Gabriela Scopazzi, with support from our installation team Thomas Barger, Maya Berrol-Young, Vanessa Castro, and Paul McAdory.

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August 8, 2014  |  MoMA PS1, Warm Up
Warm Up 2014: Week Six Highlights

As we hit the pinnacle of the summer, Warm Up is really hitting its stride, with performances by Maria Chavez, Hiro Kone, Simian Mobile Disco, Charanjit Singh with a special guest appearance by Heems, and Daniele Baldelli, set within a jungle of inflatables and streamers by Fort Standard. Read more

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August 1, 2014  |  MoMA PS1, Warm Up
Warm Up 2014: Week Five Highlights

Last Saturday’s Warm Up performances brought the dance party to MoMA PS1 with sets by Suicideyear, UNiiQU3, GoldLink (live), Total Freedom, and Cashmere Cat—and more set design by CONFETTISYSTEM. Read more

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July 25, 2014  |  Warm Up
Warm Up 2014: Week Four Highlights

Last Saturday’s performances brought an exhilarating darker, techno vibe to MoMA PS1 with sets by Robert Hood, Objekt, Rrose, Vatican Shadow (live), Container (live), and Young Male—and more set design by CONFETTISYSTEM. Read more

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July 18, 2014  |  MoMA PS1, Warm Up
Warm Up 2014: Week Three Highlights

Last Saturday’s Warm Up was filled to the brim with some of the most lively DJs and exciting live acts to ever hit the MoMA PS1 stage! Auntie Flo opened the day, followed by live performances by Gabriel Garzón Montano, Archie Pelago, and Cibo Matto, and Mister Saturday Night DJs Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter closed things out. Read more

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July 10, 2014  |  MoMA PS1, Warm Up
Warm Up 2014: Week Two Highlights

Last week’s holiday spilled over into a 5th of July celebration at MoMA PS1’s second Warm Up of the summer. Read more

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July 4, 2014  |  MoMA PS1, Warm Up
Warm Up 2014: Week One Highlights

Thanks to everyone who came out last Saturday to MoMA PS1′s courtyard to make the first Warm Up of 2014 such a smashing success. We welcomed over 5,000 people!

Check out images of A/JUS/TED, Dimitri From Paris, Pantha du Prince, DJ Spoko, and Mumdance performing, the incredible stage design by Fort Makers, The Living’s installation Hy-Fi, and the gorgeous crowd!

This weekend (Saturday, July 5), we’re excited to welcome J-CUSH, Ramona Lisa (live), Maxmillion Dunbar, Todd Edwards, and DJ EZ, with a special performance by the Flex Is Kings dancers.

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June 27, 2014  |  Events & Programs, MoMA PS1, Warm Up
Warm Up 2014 Is Here
Warm Up 2013. © 2013 MoMA PS1; Photo: Zachary Newton

Warm Up 2013. © 2013 MoMA PS1; Photo: Zachary Newton

Warm Up, MoMA PS1’s vibrant annual music series, has become a staple of New York City summers. The series features a curated program that explores a vast range of experimental music, live bands, and DJs. Read more

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May 15, 2014  |  Library and Archives, MoMA PS1
From the MoMA PS1 Archives: High-Class Couture in the Classrooms
Installation view of the MoMA PS1 exhibition, Fashion (Fall 1981): Homer Layne's Collection of Charles James Fashions (October 18–December 13, 1981). Photograph by Ivan Dalla Tana. MoMA PS1 Archives, I.A.631.

Installation view of the MoMA PS1 exhibition, Fashion (Fall 1981): Homer Layne’s Collection of Charles James Fashions (October 18–December 13, 1981). Photograph by Ivan Dalla Tana. MoMA PS1 Archives, I.A.631

On May 5 The Metropolitan Museum of Art held its annual star-studded Costume Institute Gala, complete with red carpet and paparazzi, timed to coincide with the opening of a new fashion exhibition about a legendary couturier: Charles James: Beyond Fashion. But possibly the first gallery exhibit of James’s work opened 33 years ago at MoMA PS1, Read more

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September 13, 2013  |  Warm Up
A Big Finale for Warm Up 2013

Warm Up 2013 closed out an incredible season with a line-up of extremely talented and diverse DJs and producers performing to a packed courtyard. MoMA PS1 is extremely grateful to the amazing curatorial team who worked for months to program another amazing summer. Read more