MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1 information

Location
New York City , USA
Address
22-25 Jackson Ave
at 46th Ave, Long Island City
Getting there
Subway: E, M to 23rd St-Ely Ave; G to 21st; 7 to 45th Rd-Court House Sq
More information
www.momaps1.org
Prices
adult/child $10/free, admission free with MoMA ticket, Warm Up party admission online/at venue $15/18
Opening hours
noon-6pm Thu-Mon, Warm Up parties 3-9pm Sat Jul-early Sep
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Sorry, Gaga, but New York's true icon of edge is MoMA PS1. This smaller, hipper relative of Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art is a master at hunting down fresh, bold contemporary art and serving it up in a Berlin-esque, ex-school locale. Forget about pretty lily ponds in gilded frames. Here you'll be peering at videos through floorboards, schmoozing at DJ-pimped parties, and debating the meaning of nonstatic structures while staring through a hole in the wall. Expect over 50 exhibitions a year, exploring anything from Middle Eastern video art to giant mounds of thread. Nothing is predictable. Even a 2011 exhibition honoring the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 took a different route, ditching catastrophic images for an exploration of how the event has reshaped people's visual perceptions. Best of all, admission is free with your MoMA ticket – so hold on tight!

It's not just the art that draws the crowds. Head in on Saturday afternoons from July to early September, and rock on at one of New York's coolest weekly music/culture events, Warm Up. It's a hit with everyone from verified hipsters to plugged-in music geeks, who spill into the MoMA PS1 courtyard to eat, drink, catch kooky performances and get their general groove on. The tunes are the main attraction, with a stellar line-up of top bands, experimental music and DJs each week. Featured artists have included Omar-S, Tanlines, NGUZUNGUZU and acid-house pioneer DJ Pierre. It's like one big block party, albeit with better music and art than your usual neighborhood slap-up. Not bad for $15. Linked to the fun is the annual YAP (Young Architects Program) competition, which sees emerging architects competing for the chance to transform the MoMA PS1 courtyard. Nabbing the prize in 2011 was Brooklyn's Interboro Partners, whose installation graced the space with a sexy, striking canopy of white sails and ropes. The initiative has now gone global, with an international edition held at Rome's Zaha Hadid–designed MAXXI museum.

Another treat for culture vultures is the Saturday Sessions, taking place from 3pm to 5pm, every second Saturday from January to late spring. Spanning lectures and film screenings to music performances and even architectural projects, the inspired lineup has included experimental comedy, postindustrial noise jams and Latin art-house dance. One week you might catch a symphony debut, another your taste buds might get involved, as was the case when artist Anne Apparu hosted an afternoon of sweet tea and 'inner-war' cookies (an original recipe meant to trigger collective meditations on violence and community). Upcoming events are listed on the MoMA PS1 website.