May 2012 Culture Spot
by Alyssa Grossman, 04/30/2012
MoMA PS1—the Long Island City affiliate of Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art since 2000—takes contemporary art to the next level by debuting new artists, showcasing innovative projects and hosting captivating events that bring audiences closer to the experimental works on display. Ever since 1976, when the first major exhibition opened at its current space in Long Island City, the nonprofit's venue has been welcoming of both art aficionados and the general public. Throughout the former school, you'll come across everything from retrospectives and site-specific installations to historical surveys and international art. And this month, the much-loved destination becomes even more accessible: NYC & Company has named MoMA PS1 its Culture Spot for May. To celebrate, guests can take advantage of two-for-one admission all month long.
The offer comes just in time for a monumental survey of Italian artist Lara Favaretto's creations and inspirations. The exhibition, titled Lara Favaretto: Just Knocked Out, chronicles the past 15 years of the artist's work, in addition to pieces custom-made for the installation. Her projects find a middle ground between failure and aspiration, evoking these themes through audio, sculptural and kinetic displays. Confetti cubes decompose throughout the show's run; car wash brushes wear down after repeated contact with metal plates; and compressed air cylinders empty at random, blowing silent party favors.
May is your last chance to check out an extensive selection of Kraftwerk's audio and visual work, on display through May 14 in conjunction with Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8. The German electronic music group seamlessly blends technology, music and art, presenting the past, present and future in a way that is best appreciated in person. The eight channels of video and sound, each representing one of the group's albums, provide insight into the techniques that would serve as inspiration during the development of hip-hop and electronic dance music.
A busy month of offerings continues with the final Sunday Sessions of the season, held in the museum's Performance Dome. Any variety of artistic programming is fair game for the series, and past acts have included light and sound masters, musicians and world-renowned scholars. Sunday Sessions wraps up with tributes to Kraftwerk featuring performances by Questlove (May 6) and Afrika Bambaataa (May 13).
In the spirit of innovation, May also brings the addition of MoMA PS1's new restaurant, the M. Wells Dinette, created by Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis (the team responsible for Long Island City's now-closed M. Wells Diner). Expect a brand-new selection of menu items, served cafeteria-style, inspired by the venue itself.
While the charm of MoMA PS1 lies in the artistic endeavors, its location adds another dimension to the experience. Though it stands merely one subway stop from Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal, Long Island City's industrial feel, lively art scene and up-and-coming restaurants set it apart from any other City neighborhood. (For more information, see our slideshow of Long Island City favorites.)
The savings on admission is valid May 1–31, 2012. To take advantage of this limited-time offer, present the discount coupon at the box office. Download the discount coupon via the link above; the coupon will also be available during the month of May at the Official NYC Information Centers in Midtown, Harlem and the Times Square Alliance and at the Official NYC Information Kiosks in Chinatown and at City Hall. The savings is subject to availability and may not be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Other restrictions may apply.
Learn more about MoMA PS1. Annie Bergen, culture correspondent for nycgo.com, discusses the venue's offerings with assistant curator Christopher Y. Lew. Listen to the podcast, below, or download the MP3 here (by right-clicking the link and selecting "Save Link As...").