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Life Between Buildings

June 02, 2022 – January 16, 2023


This summer, MoMA PS1 presents Life Between Buildings, an exhibition that explores how artists have unlocked the  communal potential of New York City’s interstitial spaces—”vacant” lots, sidewalk cracks, traffic islands, and parks, among others. Inspired by the vibrant history of community gardens, Life Between Buildings brings together work by 14 artists and collectives, and features drawings, photographs, sculptures, multimedia works, and performances created from the 1970s through the present day. On view from June 2, 2022 to January 16, 2023, the exhibition includes work by Tom Burr, Mel Chin, Danielle De Jesus, Niloufar Emamifar, Becky Howland, David L. Johnson, Gordon Matta-Clark, Margaret Morton, Aki Onda, Poncili Creación, POOL (Performance On One Leg), Matthew Schrader, jackie sumell & The Lower Eastside Girls Club, and Cecilia Vicuña.

Life Between Buildings is organized by Jody Graf, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1


Life Between Buildings is made possible by Allianz, MoMA’s partner for design and innovation. Allianz is proud to support a series of programs at The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 that share new visions for a more sustainable future.

Significant support is provided by the Contemporary Arts Council of the Museum of Modern Art, with additional support provided by Jane and John Comfort.

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Becky Howland. Tied Grass. 1977. Photograph by Howland of site-specific installation on traffic island bounded by Franklin Street, Varick Street, and West Broadway. Digital c-print. 8 x 11 3/4 in. (20.32 x 29.84 cm). Courtesy the artist. (c) 1977 Becky Howland.

Photograph of Charas with geodesic dome at Bowery Houston Community Farm and Garden (currently known as Liz Christy Community Garden), c. 1975. Courtesy William Brunson.

Tom Burr. A Ramble in Central Park (two). 1992. Wood, model building materials, and plexiglass. 22 x 22 x 25 3/8 in (56 x 56 x 65.4 cm). Courtesy the artist and Bortolami, New York.

Photograph of Bowery Houston Community Farm and Garden (currently known as Liz Christy Community Garden), c. 1975. Courtesy William Brunson.

Danielle De Jesus. 7 stops to Manhattan from Jefferson Street. 2022. Acrylic on US currency. 5.22 x 6.14 in. (13.25 x 15.6 cm). Courtesy the artist.

Margaret Morton. Eighth Street community garden. 1989-1993. Gelatin silver print. Paper: 10 × 8 in. (25.4 × 20.3 cm)
Image: 7 1/2 × 7 1/2 in. (19.1 × 19.1 cm). Courtesy the Estate of Margaret Morton.