Recurring every five years, the exhibition has traditionally showcased the work of emerging artists living and working in the New York metropolitan area. Bringing together emerging and more established artists, the show occupies the entire building with over 400 works by 157 artists, including programs of film and performance.
MoMA PS1 presents
iteration of its
landmark exhibition series, begun as a collaboration with The Mu
seum of Modern Art in
2000. Recurring every five years, the exhibition has traditionally showcased the work of
emerging artists living and working in the New York metropolitan area.
Greater New York arrives in a city and art community that has changed sign ificantly since the first version of the survey. With the rise of a robust commercial art market and the proliferation of art fairs, opportunities for younger artists in the city have grown alongside a burgeoning interest in artists who may have been overl ooked in the art histories of their time.
Concurrently, the city itself is being reshaped by a voracious real estate market that poses particular challenges to local artists. The speed of this change in recent years has stoked a nostalgia for earlier perio ds in New York — notably the 1970s and 1980s, and the experimental practices and attitudes that flourished in the city during those decades. Against this backdrop, Greater New York departs from the show’s traditional focus on youth, instead examining points of connection and tension between our desire for the new and nostalgia for that which it displaces.
Bringing together emerging and more established artists, the exhibition occupies MoMA PS1’s entire building with over 400 works by 157 artists, including programs of film and performance. Greater New York is co-organized by a team led by Peter Eleey, Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs, MoMA PS1; and including art historian Douglas Crimp, University of Rochester; Thomas J. Lax, Associ ate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, MoMA; and Mia Locks, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1.
Considering the “greater” aspect of its title in terms of both geography and time, Greater New York begins roughly with the moment when MoMA PS1 was fo unded in 1976 as an alternative venue that took advantage of disused real estate, reaching back to artists who engaged the margins of the city. Together, the works in the exhibition employ a heterogeneous range of aesthetic strategies, often emphatically r epresenting the city’s inhabitants through forms of bold figuration, and foregrounding New York itself as a location of conflict and possibility.
Greater New York is co-organized by Peter Eleey, Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs, MoMA PS1; Douglas Crimp, Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester; Thomas J. Lax, Associate Curator of Media and Performance Art, The Museum of Modern Art; and Mia Locks, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1.
The program of accompanying Sunday Sessions events is organized by Mark Beasley, Guest Curator, and Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, MoMA PS1
Greater New York is accompanied by a full schedule of films and performances throughout the run of the exhibition. Film Programs take place in the Cinema; Performance Programs take place in the VW Dome, 3 rd Floor Main Gallery, and other locations as n oted. Please check the website for details: www.momaps1.org
Greater New York is made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.
Generous funding is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council o f The Museum of Modern Art, The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.
Additional support is provided by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund.
Special thanks to Elham and Tony Salamé.
Image: Collier Schorr. The Painted Chair (Jordan). 2015. Silver gelatin print. Courtesy of the artist; Rosalind Fox Solomon
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