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May 13, 2013

EXPO 1: New York Opens at MoMA PS1

EXPO 1: New York, opened at LIC’s MoMA PS1 this past weekend, and features a vibrant, diverse exhibit of ecology-inspired art, featuring modules, interventions, solo projects, and group exhibitions. It will be on display until September 2, 2013.

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Today we welcome a new contributor to We Heart Astoria – Megan Green will be writing about the arts here on WHA, and she’s off to a great start with this piece on the EXPO 1: New York exhibit, newly opened at MoMA PS1. Welcome, Megan! -Meg

MoMa PS1 Drawing

MoMA PS1, in a unique partnership with VW, opened the EXPO 1: New York exhibit Friday, May 12. Spurred by the urgency of the tragic effects of Hurricane Sandy on the Rockaways, a vibrant, diverse exhibit of ecology-inspired art, featuring modules, interventions, solo projects, and group exhibitions, is on the three floors – and the roof – of MoMA PS1 in Long Island City.

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The Colony commune

Colony, opposite the VW Dome in the courtyard, is a small commune where architects, artists, and others will live together in salvaged trailers during the entire exhibit. Inside, the main show ranges in impact from Mark Dion’s macabre sculpture of tree with taxidermied animals painted black to depict the horror of an oil spill, to a wonder-inspiring installation by Olafur Iliasson, Your waste of time, a room with large pieces of ice from an Icelandic glacier.

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Your waste of time by Olafur Iliasson

There is also a cinema that will feature films and other media, and ProBio, a rather sci fi room with tech-based art that you experience as several Roombas vacuum at your feet.

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From ProBio

After seeing all of its “Dark Optimism” -themed works, the galleries of Ansel Adams’ famous photographs – in an exhibit titled The Politics of Contemplation – seem almost anomalous, but make perfect sense.

The exhibit is well-balanced and immersive. Triple Canopy is running Speculations (“The future is________”), and has a schedule of daily classes with such notables as Marina Abramovich, Agnes Dennes, and MoMA’s own curator-at-large Klaus Biesenbach. The classes are all open to the public from May 13 to July 28. Then take the elevator up to the roof garden with vegetable-producing plants.

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The rooftop garden at MoMA PS1

EXPO 1: New York will be open until September 2 at MoMA PS1.

MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101, (718) 784-2084, momaps1.org

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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