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August 24, 2012  |  Warm Up
Around the World Music: From Danny Brown and Just Blaze to Kassem Mosse and James Holden

Warm Up, MoMA PS1, August 18, 2012. Photo: Loren Wohl

Last Saturday morning the clouds cleared just in time to make way for the summer rays that always take a Warm Up party to that bonus level of euphoria.

The event began with RVNG Intl.’s Mattheww, who bathed the dance floor with a meditative mix of celestial anti-bangers. Read more

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August 17, 2012  |  MoMA PS1, Warm Up
Floating Along: Interstellar Travels at MoMA PS1′s Warm Up this Weekend

Warm Up, MoMA PS1, August 11, 2012. Photo: Charles Roussel

After weekend six, we can confirm that Warm Up will not cool down.  Energy was up among the crowd and the artists were on fire.  Read more

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August 10, 2012  |  Warm Up
Critical Mass: Warm Up Hits Attendance Record

Warm Up, MoMA PS1, August 4, 2012. Photo: Loren Wohl

This past weekend, one of the summer’s most anticipated lineups led to a jam-packed afternoon. It was the biggest Warm Up crowd we’ve seen—it marked our highest attendance to date—and one of the all-around strongest lineups from start to finish. Read more

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August 3, 2012  |  Warm Up
Rain Down, Warm Up: MJ Cole, Sinkane, Van Rivers, Slava, and Oneman Bring the Beats

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Warm Up, MoMA PS1, July 28, 2012. Photo: Loren Wohl


Rain doesn’t stop a NYC crowd. When last Saturday morning arrived, the skies were grey and ominous, with occasional downpours through the next few hours that threatened to make Warm Up a very soggy affair. Read more

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July 27, 2012  |  Warm Up
Matthew Dear, Sepalcure, Le1f, JDH + Dave P, and MikeQ Bring Record-Breaking Crowds to Warm Up

Warm Up, MoMA PS1, July 21, 2012. Photo: Loren Wohl

We had an amazing day on Saturday. Those looking for a diverse and danceable selection of current New York sounds were well satisfied by the third Warm Up of the year. The beautiful weather and NY-centric lineup combined for an incredibly enthusiastic, record-breaking crowd day. Read more

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July 20, 2012  |  Warm Up
D3, Terrence Parker, and L.I.E.S. Bring the Heat to Warm Up 2012

Warm Up, July 14, 2012. Photo: Loren Wohl

Terrance Parker at Warm Up, July 14, 2012. Photo: Imogene Strauss

After last week’s Warm Up kickoff, you’d be surprised to hear that week two could bring the heat again. Luckily, though the weather was a few degrees cooler, the crowd and the performers were still on fire. Read more

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July 13, 2012  |  Warm Up
Heat, Beats, and Todd Terry: Warm Up 2012 Gets Off to a Fast Start

Warm Up 2012 at MoMA PS1, July 7, 2012. Photo: Loren Wohl

MoMA PS1′s Warm Up 2012 kicked off with Arca ft. HBA; Trust (Live); Nguzunguzu; Light Asylum (Live); and Todd Terry pulling in a huge crowd that was eager, despite the heat, to celebrate some amazing artists on opening day. Read more

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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