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July 11, 2012  |  MoMA PS1, YAP
Meet Wendy

HWKN’s Wendy, winning design of Young Architects Program 2012. Image courtesy of HWKN. © Iwan Baan

Our project for the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program is about redefining the boundaries of architecture. It is a proactive participant in the city’s ecology thanks to a skin that collects NO2 from the air—to the equivalent of taking 260 cars off of the road. Read more

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July 6, 2012  |  Warm Up
Warm Up 2012 Opening Day: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

The crowd at Warm Up 2011

The more things stay the same, the more they change. That seems to be the maybe-not-by-accident design of this summer’s Warm Up lineup at MoMA PS1.

When we started as music curators here three years ago, we were part of a new committee that had been assembled by Eliza Ryan to help refocus MoMA PS1′s weekly summer events into something that more closely reflected the changing tastes and demographics of both the museum and New York City/Brooklyn.

Our team strove to uphold the tradition of dance music that was already a major part of these legendary six-hour Saturdays celebrations. But dance music has morphed into something new and different; the technology is different, the influences are different, and the kids are different. There can be room for hip-hop, UK garage, New Orleans bounce, techno, disco, and an increasing number of live acts that embrace both DJ culture and a DIY spirit.

The group did not initially debate about changing the venue or overhauling the structure of the day. That would remain the same as it ever was. (We did upgrade the sound dramatically; shout out to Jim Toth.)

The focus is far more about assembling lineups with musicians, DJs, and live bands who might never typically share a bill. It is about bringing artists in from beyond the five boroughs and reaching around the globe. The first season in 2010 saw us booking flights from Spain, the Netherlands, and Africa. This was exciting—we were definitely onto something unique, and watching the ecstatic crowds embrace the transitions and transformations of the day was incredible.

What started as six semi-familiar peers in a museum conference room, scrambling for a cohesive lineup at the very last minute, has by now turned into a close-knit group of friends. (Another shout out to newest member, MoMA PS1′s Imogene Strauss.) Given time, we seem to have developed a uniquely successful way to combine and complement diverse tastes into what looks to be the most exciting summer season yet.

This diversity is no better demonstrated than by the inaugural Warm Up 2012 event, this Saturday, July 7. The lineup runs a generational gamut, starting with a DJ set by Arca, the young Venezuelan producer responsible for contributing an epic four track EP of abstract dance production to the UNO label’s free digital-release series. Toronto’s TRST, a young duo riding a new dark wave of electronic music, mark the first live performance of the season and provide a compelling reason to arrive in head-to-toe black summer regalia.

Scheduled to perform at last year’s Warm Up but canceled due to the Hurricane Irene pandemonium, Nguzunguzu will make midday bounce with their brand of sun-baked Los Angeles bass music. Light Asylum, the NYC-based duo of Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello, have been on the road for the better part of the year supporting their self-titled debut album. The frenetic energy of Funchess in a live setting never fails to set the audience in motion; we’re stoked to have them back home, if even for a fleeting moment before they continue their electro-fied conquest around the world.

Legendary house DJ and producer Todd Terry is a true NYC institution. Terry’s magical production touch launched an endless stream of international dance-floor hits and remixes throughout the late 1980s and 1990s. Nothing feels like a more natural fit on the first day of Warm Up than a two-hour set of classic house music from Todd Terry.

So grab your tickets in advance. That’s right, this is the first year that Warm Up tickets are being offered ahead of time. We’re stoked to see you at the first of many ecstatic events at MoMA PS1 this summer.

MoMA and MoMA PS1 Present: The Cross-Museum Collective

The Cross-Museum Collective hanging out in their natural environment—the galleries at MoMA PS1

This spring, MoMA and MoMA PS1 joined forces to create a cross-museum educational program for teen alumni of previous MoMA courses. Called the Cross-Museum Collective, Read more

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April 9, 2012  |  MoMA PS1
From The Records of MoMA PS1: Illuminating Ephemera

It was as if I had walked into the middle of a professional cliché: crouched in the musty attic of MoMA PS1, I sifted through beaten-up boxes of institutional flotsam. I was attempting to survey the remaining materials to be included in The Records of MoMA PS1, which will open to the public at the end of 2012. Read more

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January 12, 2012  |  Behind the Scenes, MoMA PS1, YAP
Checking in on Holding Pattern

View of Holding Pattern installation in MoMA PS1 courtyard. Summer 2011. Photo by Interboro Partners

We thought it might be a good time to check in on Holding Pattern, our project for the 2011 Young Architects Program. Holding Pattern was deinstalled from the MoMA PS1 courtyard four months ago, but the deinstallation didn’t mark the end of the project—just the start of its second phase. Read more

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October 24, 2011  |  Library and Archives, MoMA PS1
From the Records of MoMA PS1: Space Is the Place

80th Precinct Building

80th Precinct Building. Exhibition and studio space on top two floors operated by Institute for Art and Urban Resources (I.A.U.R.), later known as P.S.1. Photograph by Nancy Moran. 653 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (December 1972). Resin-coated print. MoMA PS1, 2299. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York


Walking down Washington Avenue in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, I frequently pass a handsome brick building with the telltale green lanterns of a former police precinct headquarters. Regal, imposing, and even a little bit spooky, the 80th Precinct Building is one of the prominent landmarks of my pedestrian and neighborhood life. Read more

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August 15, 2011  |  Events & Programs, Family & Kids, MoMA PS1
MoMA Teens Enliven Clifford Owens’s Anthology

Clifford Owens. Anthology (Saya Woolfalk score). performance still

Clifford Owens needed help. Since May he has been in residence at MoMA PS1 where has been preparing for his fall exhibition Anthology. Owens has been interpreting and carrying out performance scores written by African-American artists. While most scores are written instructions for actions, Saya Woolfalk’s contribution is a graphical score that resembles a drawing complete with costumed characters and stick figures interacting with one another. Read more

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Foreclosed: Title and Model Scenarios

The five multidisciplinary teams working on projects for the exhibition Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream have refined their project titles and models based on feedback from last week’s group critique at MoMA PS1. Here they share how their projects have evolved over the past week. Read more

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Foreclosed : Narratives, Typologies, and Property

The five multidisciplinary teams working on projects for the exhibition Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream are preparing for a group critique session this week at MoMA PS1. Read more

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July 1, 2011  |  Design, MoMA PS1, YAP
Introducing the Young Architects Program International
Holding Pattern by interboro Partners

Installation view of Holding Pattern by interboro Partners, winner of the 2011 Young Architects Program, 2011. Digital rendering courtesy of Interboro Partners

Each year, MoMA renews its commitment to experimental architecture and architectural display with a full-scale installation of a project chosen from a competition among virtually untried architects. In the galleries of the Museum, architecture collection masterworks and temporary exhibitions of computer- and hand-drawn architectural renderings, models, photographs, and films are regularly shown. But each year the outdoor spaces of MoMA PS1 provide a unique temporary outdoor gallery where emerging talents can turn projects and drawings into spaces and palpable experiences. Read more