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


MoMA PS1′s Long–Awaited M. Wells Dinette Opens Thursday

A 24-ounce hamburger photographed at the original M. Wells. (Courtesy Roboppy/Flickr)

After months of speculation and painful waiting, the glorious day is near: the M. Wells Dinette will open at MoMA PS1 on Thursday. The original M. Wells, which was located in Hunters Pointer in Queens, earned acclaim for inventive cooking that was intensely heavy on meat (offal, especially). It closed in August 2011, after only about a year in business. Since then, its owners, Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis, have hosted pop-up food stands at MoMA PS1 while preparing to open new restaurants. Read More


Tire Tracks, Totems and Tricked-Out Trees: Lara Favaretto and Esther Kläs at MoMA PS1, Oscar Tuazon at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Lara Favaretto, Gummo, 2012

ITALIAN ARTIST LARA FAVARETTO’S EXHIBITION AT MoMA PS1, “Just Knocked Out,” delievers one knockout: a 2012 work called Gummo that is made out of five tall car-wash brushes in black, gray, blue, red and umber. At rest, the brushes look like tall, hairy phalli, and when they spin they expand like the frocks of whirling dervishes. Over the course of the show, which opened May 3, they have been wearing down their bristles on a slab of iron on the wall behind them, and a fine layer of dust has accumulated beneath them. It is an intoxicating sight, all that energy being used for so little return—and also an apt metaphor for the show. Read More


When Is a Cat Not a Cat? When It’s a Sculpture

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Installation view of "Darren Bader: Images," 2012, at MoMA PS1

Right now, there are two burritos sitting on a windowsill in a gallery at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. About once a week, fresh burritos are brought in by a museum employee, and the old ones are discarded. Sometimes they are placed one on top of the other, and sometimes they are side by side. This is done in the name of art; chicken burrito, beef burrito is a sculpture by Darren Bader, part of his “Images” exhibition, which runs through May 14.

Though it sounds like a one-off prank, Mr. Bader’s burritos exemplify today’s most thrilling sculpture, which at the moment can be seen all over town, standing in stark contrast to the muscular, macho, hard-won objects of a John Chamberlain (whose Guggenheim retrospective is up through May 13). The new sculpture is deliriously playful, unstable (it changes over time: living, decomposing, collapsing, or threatening to) and frequently renewable. The readymade has returned in 21st-century rococo clothes, Duchamp’s legacy used for sinister, hallucinogenic and comical ends. Read More