human resources

Peter Eleey Promoted to Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs at PS1

Eleey. (Courtesy PMC)

MoMA PS1 announced today that Peter Eleey has been promoted from curator to curator and associate director of exhibitions and programs at the museum. So, he’s still the top curator there, but will now also work “closely with [PS1 Director Klaus] Biesenbach to expand the institution’s exhibitions and programs and to build its overall capacity in partnership with colleagues at the Museum of Modern Art,” according to a release, which says that he has organized a pretty impressive 16 exhibitions since joining the museum three years ago. Read More

artists

Sandwoman: Land Artist Agnes Denes Has a Plan for the Rockaways

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York, flooding the streets and wiping out power below Madison Square, most downtown denizens abandoned their homes for safer, if less trendy, ZIP codes. Not Agnes Denes. The 82-year-old, Budapest-born artist, who helped establish land art as a movement in the 1960s, stayed put in her Soho studio. A day or so into the blackout, her primary dealer, Leslie Tonkonow, unable to reach her, sent a gallery director to check in. He drove downtown and raced up to the fifth floor of Ms. Denes’s building by flashlight, only to find her contentedly writing by candlelight. “She was having a great time,” said Ms. Tonkonow.  Read More

On View

‘Expo 1: New York’ at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1 and the VW Dome 2

Olafur Eliasson’s 'Your waste of time.' (Courtesy MoMA PS1)

This wide-ranging exhibition has no statement of purpose, only a theme: “Dark Optimism.” Nominally curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, its real verve comes from the talented and hardworking younger people they have invited to curate some of its 12 “modules.”

The artist Josh Kline does a terrific job assembling half a floor of the museum into a smart section entitled “ProBio,” which muses on the possible future relationship between machines and humans. A dozen iRobot Roombas scramble to clean the museum floors. There’s Dina Chang’s silicone diamonds set with human hair and Ian Cheng’s Entropy Wrangler (2013), a sculpture in which dildos and iPhones glow weakly in a shallow tank of sandy water like marine creatures washed ashore. Mr. Kline’s section poses thoughtful questions about the role of technology as a bodily prosthetic. Its aesthetic is the young, downtown, technology-oriented one associated with the gallery 47 Canal. Mr. Kline is represented by the gallery and has included other artists from its stable. Read More

Hurricane Sandy

Klaus Biesenbach Opens VW Dome 2 in the Rockaways

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Entering the dome

“At last!” exclaimed Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1, as the bus bounced onto Crossbay Boulevard, a skinny ribbon of road surrounded by choppy water. The storm had started hours before the private bus left MoMA last Friday around noon, and the snow kept falling as the vehicle barreled past cemeteries, hair salons and kids off Read More

On View

‘Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980’ at MoMA PS1

MoMAPS1 Now Dig This!

The first comprehensive survey of the African-American art scene in Los Angeles between 1960 and 1980 presents some 140 rarely seen artworks by 32 artists. Organized by curator Kellie Jones, “Now Dig This!” was originally part of the programming for Los Angeles’s Getty Museum’s “Pacific Standard Time” exhibition earlier this year, and it is a welcome standalone show here in New York. From civil-rights-era social-realist lithographs by Charles White and etchings by feminist Betye Saar to activist art historians like Samella Lewis (who co-edited the book Black Artists on Art in 1969), artist-gallerists like Suzanne Jackson (whose independent Gallery 32 showed works by the Black Panthers) and dealers like Walter Hopps (who co-founded the Ferus Gallery), the show tells the story of members of a community galvanized by the political events of the 1960s like the Watts Rebellion and stimulated by the critical and commercial environment emerging in Los Angeles during this era. Read More