MoMA PS1: A History
Klaus Biesenbach, Bettina Funcke (Eds.). Texst by Phil Aarons, Marina Abramovic, Sarah Arison, agnès b, Linda Blumberg, Janet Cardiff, Chris Dercon, o.a.
The first-ever history of New York’s pioneering art space, with film stills, ephemera and photography in a scrapbook style
Since its inception in the early 1970s, MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens, has been a crucible for radical experimentation. Committed to New York City as well as to maintaining an international scope, PS1 has always put the artist at the center, engaging practitioners at work in every discipline from performance, music, dance, poetry and new media to painting, sculpture, photography and architecture. This groundbreaking publication captures the vibrancy of a long and venerable tradition that began with the legendary series of performances and events organized by founder Alanna Heiss under the Brooklyn Bridge in 1971.
Organized into four main sections that delve into the former school’s rich history as an art center during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s up to the present, the book features in-depth conversations between Heiss and Klaus Biesenbach, the director of MoMA PS1 from 2010 to 2018, and more than 40 recollections by artists, curators and critics closely associated with the institution—including Marina Abramovic, James Turrell, agnès b, Rebecca Quaytman, Carolee Schneemann and Andrea Zittel.
Presenting extensive photographic documentation of historic exhibitions and performances and related ephemera from the archives, plus an illustrated chronology and comprehensive exhibition history, this indispensable volume offers a vivid chronicle of the extraordinary history of MoMA PS1.