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MoMA Announces Publication on the History of MoMA PS1


This fall, The Museum of Modern Art will release the first publication on the history of MoMA PS1, which traces the institution’s evolution from the 1970s to today through interviews, ephemera, never-before-seen images, and an extensive exhibition history. Since 1976, MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens, has been a crucible for radical experimentation, engaging artists from a range of disciplines. Structured around interviews with Alanna Heiss, PS1’s founder and director of more than three decades, MoMA PS1: A History offers a vivid chronicle of the extraordinary history of New York’s premier venue for contemporary art. The publication also features contributions by artists and curators who have been closely associated with PS1—including James Turrell, R. H. Quaytman, Kevin Beasley, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, and Martha Wilson—supplemented by excerpts from previously unpublished interviews from the 1970s and statements from numerous figures who helped shape the institution.

This publication was edited by Klaus Biesenbach, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and former director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Bettina Funke, art historian, editor, former head of publications for Documenta 13, and co-founder of The Leopard Press. Contributors include Philip Aarons, Marina Abramović, Carl Andre, Sarah Arison, Kevin Beasley, Lynda Benglis, Huma Bhabha, Linda Blumberg, Rudy Burckhardt, Cao Fei, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Janet Cardiff, John Comfort, Chris Dercon, Peter Eleey, Tom Finkelpearl, Frederick Fisher, Simone Forti, Tina Girouard, Philip Glass, Antoine (Tony) Guerrero, Agnes Gund, Marcia Hafif, Larissa Harris, Alanna Heiss, Jene Highstein, Nancy Holt, Patrick Ireland, Barbara Kruger, Les Levine, Sol LeWitt, Jonathan Lill, Glenn D. Lowry, Warren Niesłuchowski, Richard Nonas, Charlemagne Palestine, Carol Parker, Lucio Pozzi, Carolee Schneemann, Oliver Shultz, R. H. Quaytman, James Turrell, Lawrence Weiner, Jeff Weinstein, Hannah Wilke, Martha Wilson, and Andrea Zittel.

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Richard Nonas, Alligator, 1976. On view in Rooms, June 9–26, 1976. Courtesy Richard Nonas and Fergus McCaffrey Gallery.

Batya Zamir, Airlines, Batya Zamir: Dance Performance, May 20–21, 1977. Courtesy Batya Zamir. Photo: Richard Van Buren.

Lee Krasner, poster for A Painting Show, May 1–29, 1977. © 2019 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation /
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Kenny Scharf, installation for National Studio Artists (Spring 1982), April 4–May 30, 1982. © 2019 Kenny Scharf / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Steven Tucker.

Opening of Spring Dance Series (1985): Dance and Popular Culture, May 5–June23, 1985. Photo: © Anne Turyn.

James Turrell, Meeting, 1980–86. © James Turrell, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Poster for P.S. 1 reopening, 1997. Courtesy Clegg & Guttmann.

Alanna Heiss and Frederick Fisher, P.S. 1 Reopening, October 26, 1997. © 2019 Lawrence Weiner / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Courtesy JOHN BALDESSARI and Marian Goodman Gallery Photo: © Patrick McMullan.

Rockaway! 2018: “Narcissus Garden” by Yayoi Kusama, July 1–September 3, 2018. Photo: Pablo Enriquez. © Yayoi Kusama.

Cardi B performing at Warm Up, August 12, 2017. Photo: Sara Wass.