MoMA PS1 is one of the largest and oldest institutions of the contemporary art in the United States of America, based in Queens, New York City. In addition to its exhibitions, the institution organizes the annual exhibition series Warm Up Summer Music Series and the MoMA PS1 Young Architecture Program with the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In addition, MoMA PS1 led the radio station, founded in 2004 WPS1.


PS1 (now MoMA PS1) was founded in 1976 by ​​Alanna Heiss. It grew out of the Institute for Art and Urban Resources, an organization that was founded in 1971 by hot to turn vacant buildings in New York City in studios and exhibition spaces. Heiss, who was Director of MoMA PS1 to 2008, was born in 1943 in Louisville, Kentucky, and grew up in a rural town on the south Illinois. She completed her studies with a B. A. at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she was enrolled as a scholarship from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music.

With the awareness that New York in the 1970s, a global center of attraction for contemporary artists was, as well as the belief that traditional museums did not provide adequate exhibition opportunities for site-specific art, hot decided to set up an alternative art institution. Hot at this time worked as an organizer for contemporary art in various public institutions. In this environment, she learned the architecture and theater critic Brendan Gill know to which she built a long friendship and professional collaboration. 1971, hot and Gill together The Institute for Art and Urban Resources. They started many empty buildings in New York to renovate City to use them for cultural events. Among the converted sites were the 10 Bleeker Street, Coney Iceland Sculpture Museum and the Idea Warehouse in TriBeCa. Subsequently, a municipal building was opened in 1973 in the south of Manhattan as Clocktower Gallery, whose inaugural exhibitions, was dedicated to the artists Joel Shapiro, Richard Tuttle, and James Bishop. The Clocktower Gallery has developed into a respected institution for alternative exhibition culture and was due to their distinctive dimension to a popular place for monographic exhibitions and site-specific installations.

Opened in 1976, hot an art gallery - today's MoMA PS1 - in an empty school. This building housed the first school of Long Iceland City, which was closed in 1960 because of low student numbers. With the spacious premises of the former school hot could not only extend the exhibition capacities, but also provide studio space for artists available. The name portion of PS1 is advertised for Primary School One and thus implicitly reflects the history of the building.

After MoMA PS1 in 1994 was closed for three years of restoration work, it re-opened in October 1997. Under the direction of the architect Frederick Fisher project created a large outdoor gallery, a representative entrance area and a two-story project area in the main building.

In 2008 MoMA PS1 hot left and founded the radio station type Internation Radio, which is independent of MoMA PS1 and body, but has several broadcast in the program that were originally broadcast on WPS1. AIR also produces its own contributions to art and culture. Since January 2010, Klaus Biesenbach is the director of MoMA PS1.

Affiliation with the Museum of Modern Art in New York

In January 2000, MoMA PS1 and The Museum of Modern Art in New York gave their cooperation officially announced. The merger brings together a leading institution for contemporary art and the world-famous Museum of Modern Art in New York. The main objective of the partnership between MoMA PS1 and MoMA is the mediation of contemporary art to a wide public.

The kollarborativen Ausstellungsprogamme both institutions allow you to take their respective strengths and resources in addition to complete, so as to guide a deeper and more diverse cultural discourse. The first significant collaboration between MoMA PS1 and the Museum of Modern Art in New York took place in 2000 at the context of the Greater New York show, an exhibition, which exhibited more than 140 young artists from the New York region. This major project was repeated in 2005 and 2010 and has become a microcosm of the diversity and dynamics of the New York art scene.

Artists and exhibition programs

Since its foundation, MoMA PS1 is for a discourse with an experimental art. In recent exhibitions, works were by artists such as Janet Cardiff, Robert Grosvenor, David Hammons, Hilma af Klint, Donald Lipski, Olafur Eliasson, John McCracken, Dennis Oppenheim, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Alan Saret, Katharina Sieverding, Keith Sonnier, Michael Tracy, John Wesley, Franz West, Peter Young and many more. Numerous exhibitions go on exhibition tour to other museums and exhibition centers in the United States and abroad.

While MoMA PS1s annual exhibition cycle several gallery spaces for the exhibition series in International and National Project are provided. This initiative goes back to MoMA PS1s inaugural exhibition Rooms from 1976 and is generally considered the first major exhibition opportunity in New York City for young artists. This solo exhibitions organized by the curatorial department of the MoMA PS1. Artists have an exhibition space and assistance in establishing, to make their exhibition. Among the artists who have recently participated in the International and Nation project program include Eberhard Bosslet, Joe Bradley, Mike Cloud, Kira Lynn Harris, Drew Heitzlter, Kalup Linzy, Curtis Mitchell, Lisi Raskin, Kon Trubkovich, Su -Mei Tse and Thierry Geoffroy.

In 2008 was organized the exhibition MINUS SPACE at MoMA PS1. In collaboration with MINUS SPACE curatorial project from Brooklyn, New York was shown a show with 54 artists from 14 countries. The exhibition was curated by Phong Bui, publisher of Brooklyn Rail.

The German Academic Exchange Service ( DAAD), the relevant state ministries of Fine Arts, and various art colleges awarded to German artist scholarships for several months gas baptism holding on PS1. Fellows were, inter alia, Jo Achermann, Heinz Breloh, Rolf Julius, Mathilde ter Heijne, Barbara Heinisch, Ter Hell, Sabine Hornig, Stephan Huber, Stefan Micheel, Olaf Nicolai, Cornelia mucilages and Thomas Struth.

Young Architects Program

The annual Young Architects Program ( YAP ) is a competition, which is organized by MoMA PS1 and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Both bodies call young architects to design a design for the museum courtyard of MoMA PS1s submit. The winning design will be realized and acts as an architectural backdrop for MoMA PS1s music and party series Warm Up. The winner of the 2010 YAP were Idenburg Florian and Jing Liu of the architecture firm SO- IL in Brooklyn, NY., And in 2012 the office HWKN from 5th Ave, Manhattan, NYC.

Past winners YAP

  • 2012 - Wendy from HWKN (Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushner, New York)
  • 2011 - Holding Pattern by Interboro Partners & WHATAMI by StartT ( MAXXI, Rome )
  • 2010 - Pole Dance by Solid Objectives - Idenburg LIU
  • 2009 - Afterparty by MOS ( Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample)
  • 2008 - Public Farm 1 of WorkAC ( Amale Andraos and Dan Wood )
  • 2007 - Liquid Sky by Ball - Nogues
  • 2006 - BEATFUSE! by OBRA Architects
  • 2005 - SUR of Xefirotarch ( Hernan Diaz Alonso )
  • 2004 - Canopy of nARCHITECTS (Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang )
  • 2003 - Light- Wing by EMERGENT (Tom Wiscombe )
  • 2002 - Playa Urbana / Urban Beach by William E. Massie
  • 2001 - Summer Oasis of ROY ( Lindy Roy )
  • 1999 - DJ Pavilion by Philip Johnson
  • 1998 - Untitled by Gelatin

Warm Up

MoMA PS1s Warm Up is a music and party series and one of the most anticipated summer events in New York City. The event takes place within the award-winning architecture of the installation take place annually Young Architecture program - an architectural competition organized by the MoMA PS1 and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The combination of music and exhibition program is a special cultural event for music fans and art lovers.

Warm Up was launched as a party series in 1997. The event takes place every Saturday from July to early September and gathered thousands of local and international visitors. As highlights of the Party series includes performances by internationally recognized musicians and DJs such as: Groove Collective, Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Harvey, Mad Professor, Richie Hawtin, Francois K, Fischerspooner, Kid Koala, Arto Lindsay, Ratata, Scissor Sisters, Luke Vibert and many more.


WPS1 was the internet radio station of MoMA PS1. The transmitter Art International Radio, the Alana Heiss founded after leaving MoMA PS1, draws on program material that was originally used by WPS1.

The radio station broadcast 24 hours a day and allocating a need service for cultural programs. The broadcast center was housed in the historic Clocktower Gallery in the south of Manhattan, where a network of studios live and pre- recorded program sent to a worldwide audience. Art International Radio is a resident of the same locality today. The Institute sends radio interviews with contemporary artists, poets, writers, choreographers, musicians, art dealers and critics.

Long-term installations

Although MoMA PS1 does not have a museum collection are in the exhibition house several long term installations:

  • Richard Artschwager, Exit Do not fight City Hall, 1976.
  • Keith Sonnier, Tunnel of Tears, 1997.
  • Pipilotti Rist, Selfless in Lavabad ( Selfless in the Bath of Lava ), 1994.
  • William Kentridge, Stair Procession, 2000.
  • Ernesto Caivano, In the Woods, 2004.
  • Alan Saret, Brick Wall and Sun, 1976.