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Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfront
Barry Bergdoll

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The MoMA exhibition Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront addresses some of the most urgent challenges of sea-level rise resulting from global climate change in New York City. It features five inter-disciplinary teams that have proposed solutions to rising currents at five different sites along the New York and New Jersey coastlines. On a cruise aboard the New York Water Taxi around these sites, poets Matthea Harvey, Lisa Jarnot, and others read works about water, nature, and ecology, as well as newly commissioned poems that reimagine what the city might be like underwater, way above water, and with man-made islands and habitable piers. Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design and organizer of the exhibition, introduces the program.

In conjunction with the exhibition Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront

Revitalizing Frank O'Hara's legacy and MoMA's historical commitment to poetry, this series invites poets and performers to bring the literary tradition to the Museum's collection. They read historical works and their own work that reflects on modern and contemporary art.

Tickets ($15; members, corporate members $8; students, seniors, and staff of other museums $5) can be purchased online or at the Museum at the lobby information desk and the film desk.


The boat departs from and returns to South Street Seaport. Please arrive at Pier 17 between 6:00 and 6:15 p.m. for check-in. Online ticket purchasers should bring their confirmation letter only as proof of purchase. Those who have bought program tickets at the Museum must bring their ticket to South Street Seaport.

Complimentary food and drink are available aboard the Water Taxi.