MoMA PS1 is devoted to today’s most experimental, thought-provoking contemporary art. Founded in 1971, it is the first nonprofit arts center in the US devoted solely to contemporary art.

Mission statement

MoMA PS1, formerly P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit arts centers in the United States devoted to contemporary art. Recognized as a defining force in the alternative space movement, MoMA PS1 stands out from other major arts institutions through its distinctive approach to exhibitions and direct involvement of artists within a scholarly framework. Functioning as a living, active meeting place for the general public, MoMA PS1 is a catalyst for ideas, discourses, and new trends in contemporary art. MoMA PS1 was founded in 1971 by Alanna Heiss and has been an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art since 2000.

MoMA PS1 is devoted to the production, presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of the work of innovative artists in all mediums, fostering creativity and uninhibited artistic exploration. Its programs reflect the complex nature of international artistic practice, serve a broad and diverse audience, and stimulate discourse on the art of our time. MoMA PS1’s exhibitions, presentations, educational activities, residency programs, and publications investigate the dynamic and provocative nature of art. Its focus includes recognizing the work of emerging artists, placing disparate media into meaningful contemporary contexts, and defining alternative movements and endeavors.

MoMA PS1 is a vital cultural resource for New York City and serves constituencies beyond New York with traveling exhibitions, a studio program, publications, and representation by professional staff. Overall, MoMA PS1 aims to provide an engaging environment for artists; to inform, inspire, and challenge its audiences; to actively attract new audiences; and to be an accessible resource that elevates the role of art in our contemporary world.