Must-See Long Island City
by Michael Hsu, 03/13/2013
Photo: Erin Kornfeld & Erica Leone
22-25 Jackson Ave., 718-784-2084
MoMA PS1 has no permanent collection (its focus is on presenting art, rather than warehousing it), which is what gives the museum its improvisational feel. You'll find work from artists of all stripes scattered in just about every corner of this sprawling 100-room building (built in 1893 as a public primary school). This includes its rooftop and boiler-room basement, where you'll find Sol LeWitt's Crayola Square, which the artist created for an earlier incarnation of the museum. Current exhibitions include Metahaven: Islands in the Cloud (through April 1), from the Dutch design studio of Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, and New Pictures of Common Objects (through April 14), featuring the work of Trisha Baga, Lucas Blalock, Josh Kline, Margaret Lee and Helen Marten. On Sundays, through June 30, 2013, the museum hosts Sunday Sessions, a variety of performance programming and lectures. M. Wells, one of the City's most heralded restaurants, which closed its Long Island City diner-car location, has reopened in the museum as the M. Wells Dinette; foodies flock here to feast on specialties, such as escargot and bone marrow, from the ever-changing menu.