Place Category: Museums and Galleries
MoMA PS1 is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States. An exhibition space rather than a collecting institution, MoMA PS1 devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. A catalyst and an advocate for new ideas, discourses, and trends in contemporary art, MoMA PS1 actively pursues emerging artists, new genres, and adventurous new work by recognized artists in an effort to support innovation in contemporary art. MoMA PS1 achieves this mission by presenting its diverse program to a broad audience in a unique and welcoming environment in which visitors can discover and explore the work of contemporary artists. Exhibitions at MoMA PS1 include artists’ retrospectives, site-specific installations, historical surveys, arts from across the United States and the world, and a full schedule of music and performance programming.
MoMA PS1 was founded in 1971 by Alanna Heiss as the Institute for Art and Urban Resources Inc., an organization devoted to organizing exhibitions in underutilized and abandoned spaces across New York City. In 1976, it opened the first major exhibition in its permanent location in Long Island City, Queens, with the seminal Rooms exhibition. An invitation for artists to transform the building’s unique spaces, Rooms established the MoMA PS1 tradition of transforming the building’s spaces into site-specific art that continues today with long-term installations by James Turrell, Keith Sonnier, Richard Serra, Lawrence Weiner, and others.
For the next twenty years, the building was used as studio, performance, and exhibition spaces, in support of artists from around the world. After a building-wide renovation, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1) reopened in 1997, confirming its position as the leading contemporary art center in New York. True to the building’s history and form, the renovation preserved much of the original architecture as well as most of its unique classroom-sized galleries.
In 2000, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center became an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art to extend the reach of both institutions, and combine MoMA PS1’s contemporary mission with MoMA’s strength as one of the greatest collecting museums of modern art. 2010 marks the completed merger of the two institutions and celebrates P.S.1’s new and exciting chapter as MoMA PS1.
A true artistic laboratory, MoMA PS1 aspires to maintain its diverse and innovative activities to continue to bring contemporary art to international audiences.
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Get off at the Court Square–23 St stop. After exiting the train walk towards the 21 Street exit (away from 7 train connection and Jackson Avenue exit). Take a left onto 21 Street and walk 3 blocks.
Get off at the Court Square, exit onto Jackson Avenue and walk right one block to 46th Avenue.
Get off at the 21st St. stop. MoMA PS1 is the large brick building across the street to the left. Walk around the building to come to our front entrance.
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Take the Midtown Tunnel at 34th Street. Exit at 21st St./Van Alst (first exit after the toll booths). Continue through two stoplights. MoMA PS1 will be on your right, across the street from the post office. The entrance to MoMA PS1 is on Jackson Avenue.
Take the Queensboro Bridge at 59th Street: use the lower roadway. When you get off the bridge, take the Queens Boulevard service lane (which is all the way to the right). Turn right onto Jackson Avenue and follow it to 46th Avenue. MoMA PS1 will be on the right side of the street.
From Queens Or Long Island
Take the Long Island Expressway (495) West. Exit at Van Dam Street (last exit before the toll booths). Turn right on Van Dam and make a left onto Thomson Avenue. From Thompson Ave., make another left onto Jackson Avenue. Continue straight on Jackson for three blocks. MoMA PS1 is located at the intersection of 46th Avenue and Jackson Avenue.
Take the BQE North to the McGuinness Boulevard exit. Once you have exited, veer to the left. Follow McGuinness Boulevard over the Pulaski Bridge. At the bottom of the bridge, make a right onto Jackson Avenue. Continue on Jackson Avenue for three blocks and MoMA PS1 will appear on your left, at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and 46th Street.
Take the Triborough Bridge to the Grand Central Parkway. Exit onto the BQE (278) West. Exit onto the Long Island Expressway and follow directions from Queens/Long Island (see above).
Take the Triborough Bridge to the first exit. Follow the exit road to the stoplight and turn right onto 31st Street. Follow 31st Street; it will become Jackson Avenue. After you pass 46th Avenue, the entrance to MoMA PS1 will appear on the right.
From New Jersey
Take the George Washington Bridge to the Major Deegan Expressway over the Triborough Bridge. Follow directions from Westchester (see above).
Take the Holland Tunnel to Canal Street and cut through Manhattan to the Manhattan Bridge. Exit the Bridge at the 278/BQE exit. Follow the BQE to McGuinness Boulevard going north. McGuinness leads to Jackson Avenue. The entrance to MoMA PS1 will be on the right.