Must-See Long Island City
by Michael Hsu, 10/02/2013
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 1892 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 Mike Kelley (through April 1), a retrospective of the late artist that has a room given over to his exuberant Deodorized Central Mass with Satellites, full of repurposed plush toys and industrial objects. On Sundays, the museum hosts Sunday Sessions, a variety of performance programming and lectures. M. Wells, which became one of the City's most heralded restaurants during its brief incarnation in an LIC dining car, has reopened in the museum as the M. Wells Dinette; foodies flock here to feast on specialties—escargot and bone marrow, shrimp spaetzle, Bi Bim Wells—from an ever-changing menu.