A BIT OF MATTER: The MoMA PS1 Archives, 1976–2000

Apr 9–Sep 10, 2017

MoMA PS1

Installation view of the exhibition New York/New Wave, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 1981. MoMA PS1 Archives, III.A.18. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York

MoMA PS1 presents A BIT OF MATTER: The MoMA PS1 Archives, 1976–2000, a selection of archival materials documenting the vast array of artists who worked and exhibited in the museum’s building over the course of its first 25 years. Surveying a period that spans from the institution’s inaugural 1976 exhibition Rooms to its merger with The Museum of Modern Art in 2000, the exhibition brings together hundreds of objects drawn from the MoMA PS1 Archives, including artist’s proposals, exhibition posters, photographs, correspondence, flyers, postcards, residency applications, and other ephemera.

The exhibition is organized by Peter Eleey, Chief Curator, MoMA PS1; Oliver Shultz, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1; and Jonathan Lill, Leon Levy Foundation Project Manager, The Museum of Modern Art.

The MoMA PS1 Archives are part of the collection of The Museum of Modern Art. Special thanks to Michelle Elligott, Chief of Archives, The Museum of Modern Art.

Funding for the processing and creation of a finding aid for the MoMA PS1 Archives was generously provided by the Leon Levy Foundation.

Publication

  • 23 pages

Artists

Installation images

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