Archives For MoMA PS1

moma_ps1_ffpDon’t look at pictures on the internet of Meeting James Turrell at MoMA. Just go and experience the thing for yourself.

That’s what I did. In fact, admittedly, I didn’t even know it was there. I went to PS1 last Sunday because I said to my roommate, “What should I do today? I want to do something that’s outside and free.”

She said, “Go to MoMA PS1. It’s both of those things, at least on Sundays.”

First off, MoMA PS1, unsurprisingly, given the organization’s devotion to architecture and design, is architecturally fascinating. They have all these brutalist concrete walls in the front and the building is a renovated Romanesque school. It still has the hardwood floors that you’d remember from 5th grade and those high windows in the entrances of rooms. In the basement you can explore old cavernous heating rooms with exposed pipes that they painted gold. The atmosphere in general is warm and inviting, yet the art is challenging.

Most of MoMA PS1 is currently the Mark Leckey show. But this article is about Meeting James Turrell, so I’ll just leave it at that.

After seeing a bunch of his stuff—it is funny and provocative; don’t want you to think I didn’t like it—I wandered upstairs and saw a door that was shut. There was a MoMA employee there like how they usually stand outside exhibitions, but I had never seen a door closed to an exhibit before. At this moment, I did have a lot of fear, thinking that this had to be exclusive, maybe only for inviteés or staff, but the staff member didn’t say anything. I looked at her and thought of Albert Bandura’s self-efficacy framework—if you believe you can do it, you can do it—and I reached for the door handle. I figured, if I’m not allowed to do this, they’ll say something.

A couple seconds later, as I entered the room, I was transported. Everything that had happened before a couple seconds ago was the past, and was in no way connected to the present. I sat (I don’t think that’s giving away anything) and observed. I saw people—mostly very stylish and from various races and ethnicities, because you’re in Queens and at MoMA PS1—full of joy and gratitude. It was like we could just look around at each other and say, “We all made it here. We did it.” Maybe I’m crazy, but there was a general feeling in the space that we were all so lucky to witness this. It was so simple, so natural. It was one of those things that just had to exist.

I stayed for about 15 minutes and that was the most serene 15 minutes I’ve experienced in a long time. After awhile I left because I felt like I had to, because I needed to give up my space for someone else to experience this.

And that’s what it was like Meeting James Turrell at Moma PS1.

By: David Plick

IMG_1033Currently showing at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens is The Young Architects Program, a partnership between The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 that seeks to support groundbreaking design research and advance the careers of emerging talent. In addition to choosing a winner at MoMA PS1, the competition occurs in several other major modern museums throughout the world including: Istanbul Modern, Rome MAXXI, CONSTRUCTO in Santiago, Chilé, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea.

Currently in its 16th year, the Young Architects Program at MoMA and MoMA PS1 challenges emerging superstar architects to design an outdoor installation at MoMA PS1. Their designs must tackle environmental issues, most importantly sustainability and recycling.

Here’s the list of finalists for the Young Architects Program  at MoMA PS1:

Drones’ Beach by Brillhart Architecture

Principal: Jacob Brillhart

Based out of Miami, Brillhart Architecture brings us Drones’ Beach, an installation designed to provoke the senses, and which seeks the boundaries of space to change it entirely. Brillhart’s use of a beach as a setting promotes the playfulness and audience interactivity.

Roof Deck by Erin Besler

Principal: Erin Besler

Chicago’s Erin Besler offered up Roof Deck, which repositions MoMA PS1’s existing roof into the courtyard, where it becomes an area for socialization, including yoga to partying. Besler’s design reflects our time period with our current fitness craze, and the summer. It is simultaneously aware yet always seeking further awareness.

Phenomena by Dillenburger/Hansmeyer

Principals: Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer

Dillenburger and Hansmeyer collabaorated to create something truly unique. Their design is a performance space with a beautiful, glowing fountain, and contains a projection screen for video art and for reflecting daytime sunlight. Experiencing Phenomena the same way twice is impossible.

Gels by The Bittertang Farm

Principal: Michael Loverich

New York’s own Michael Loverich entered Gels into the competition, which flows water throughout the design to give it all life. Water is taken in many ways across the installation to make living things. One of the main materials is bundled hay, which will grow wheatgrass and wildflowers. This installation, which is a living and growing thing, will eventually wither and die.

Young Architects Program Winner:

COSMO by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

Principal: Andrés Jaque

Andrés Jaque, and his Office for Political Innovation, made COSMO, which is inspired by NYC’s water system, and constructed out of irrigation parts. This installation takes once hidden pipes and makes them visible, and it is built to purify 3,000 gallons of water over a four-day cycle.

By: David Plick