If you’d missed the news, New York’s MoMA will indeed be closing all summer and into fall for renovations – with this Friday, June 15, being the final day of general admission until October 21.
So even devout modernistas should consider it the perfect opportunity to swap the modern for the contemporary, as MoMA PS1 will remain open the entire time. And, as has been the case since 2013, Japanese fashion brand UNIQLO (who happen to have three stores in Manhattan) will present UNIQLO Free Friday Nights at the Long Island City outpost June 21 through September 6.
PS1‘s summer program this year is actually impressively far-reaching, ranging across seemingly every possible discipline. Firstly, the exhibition schedule will include a career survey of Lebanese-American artist Simone Fattal, as well as solo shows dedicated to provocative New York painter Gina Beavers, as well as Native American artist Edgar Heap of Birds. And, of course, there’s The Studio Museum artists-in-residence exhibition.
In the courtyard, the 20th annual edition of the Young Architects Program puts the architectural models from the five finalists on display, including 40-foot-tall cyclorama by winner Hórama Rama. While a partnership with Rooftop Films will bring artful screenings to select locations throughout all five boroughs – including The Future of Film is Female series at the New Design High School on the LES. And as ever, the venerable Warm Up music series, in its 22nd season, will host 75 artists on Saturdays in July and August, including Kelly Lee Owens, Sho Madjozi, The Marias, Annie Mac, and Mall Grab.
But we’re most excited for is the new collab with One Grand Books, the beloved literary destination in Narrowsburg, The Catskills. Through August 4, the MoMA Design Store in Soho will carry curated book collections by high-profile cultural figures from Tilda Swinton to MoMA curator Paola Antonelli, as organized by One Grand.
As for MoMA’s 53rd Street flagship – the revamp is being carried out by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and will add 40,000 square feet of gallery space. We can’t wait to see it.