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MoMA PS1, located in Long Island City, Queens, is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States. An exhibition space rather than a collecting institution, it devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. MoMA PS1 presents a range of exhibitions, including monographic artist presentations, retrospectives, site-specific installations, historical surveys, and a full schedule of music and performance programming.

Founded in 1976 as the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, it was the first nonprofit arts center in the United States devoted solely to contemporary art and is recognized as a defining force in the alternative space movement. In 2000 The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center merged, creating the largest platform for contemporary art in the country and one of the largest in the world. Functioning as a living, active meeting place for the general public, MoMA PS1 is a catalyst for ideas, discourses, and new trends in contemporary art.

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Alvaro Barrington

October 22, 2017–December 31, 2017

Posted on October 23, 2017

MoMA PS1 presents the first solo museum exhibition of the work of Alvaro Barrington (b. 1983, Caracas, Venezuela). Barrington’s multimedia work combines materials including textiles, paintings, drawings, photography, and prints. Born in Venezuela to Grenadian and Haitian migrant workers, and raised between the
Caribbean and Brooklyn, New York, Barrington began to sew as a way to connect with his Grenadian aunts who were masterful seamstresses. Barrington has explored the formal action of sewing with yarn as an entry into this long tradition of a gendered textile art practice, which was documented orally and passed down by the women in his family. His intimate compositions focus on single subjects in close-up, including faces, body parts, and tropical vegetation. Flamboyant tree and hibiscus flowers, in particular, have become personal motifs for the artist. In the series a different world, Barrington amends used postcards found while traveling through Europe illustrating lakes, rivers, and architectural icons with sewed interventions that fundamentally alter these landscapes, asserting an alternate narrative to those contained within stereotypical tourist images. The exhibition is installed with the same associative logic of the artist’s studio in London, where he has been based for the last two years.

Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Director, MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art.

Alvaro Barrington


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Alvaro Barrington

October 22, 2017–December 31, 2017

Posted on October 23, 2017

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