Do you enjoy contemporary art exhibits – even when you have no idea what they mean? Then you’ve probably already been to MoMA LIC’s PS1, where contemporary art plays out in a very unconventional place.
Out in Long Island City, PS1 takes the form of an old public schoolhouse (and a red-brick one at that). But it’s what lies within the LIC PS1 classrooms that really rouses the mind. Spaces that leave you racing in thought, or struck in bewilderment. Some stir senses, others trick them. So don’t think of this as an art museum – because this Long Island City art exhibition way cooler.
The empty hallways make PS 1 seem like school on a Sunday, but you won’t find any desks or chalkboards here. That’s because this one has been closed for nearly fifty years, and now stands transformed as a gallery space – an example of urban repurposing at its finest, courtesy of New York’s Museum of Modern of Art.
The experimental, contemporary and modern art at PS1 stretches beyond the attentive mind. The exhibits are as captivating as they are mysterious – which is what throws many people off. Describing the pieces is easy – it’s the context that’s hard to interpret. But that’s why MoMA PS1 is such an adventure: it’s a house of both beauty and curiosity.
This place embodies the experimental nature of contemporary art. And because PS1 is a non-profit institution, admission is based on a suggested donation – so there’s no reason to miss it. Head on over to Jackson Avenue and 21st Street in Queens, because your mind craves this kind of stuff.
***Photo Credit: All of the photos are from Flickr, via fair use license.