MoMA PS1 is one of the most important art museums in the United States dedicated solely to contemporary art. It is situated at Court Square in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, New York City. Apart from its exhibits, it also organizes events like the Sunday Sessions performance series and the Warm Up summer music series. It also runs the Young Architects Program with the Museum of Modern Art. MoMA PS1 has been affiliated with the Museum of Modern Art since January 2000. It, as of 2013, has attracted around 200 000 visitors per year.
What would later become MoMA PS1 was founded in 1971 by Alanna Heiss in 1971 as The Institute for Art in Queens and Urban Resources Inc. It was an organization to transform abandoned and under-utilized structures in New York City into artist studios and exhibition spaces.
In recognition of the fact that New York was a worldwide center for contemporary artists and recognizing that the traditional museums did not provide enough exhibition space for art that was site-specific, In 1971, Heiss created a formal alternative arts organization along with the theater critic Brendan Gill called The Institute for Art and Urban Resources and began rehabilitating abandoned structures located in New York City.
The year 1976 was when Heiss inaugurated the P.S. 1. Contemporary Art Center in an abandoned Romanesque Revival public school building and exponentially increased the institution’s studio and exhibition capacity. The building dated back to 1892 and was used as one of the schools within Long Island City, Queens, NYC, until 1963, when the First Ward school was shut down due to low attendance. The building was converted into a warehouse. It was in 1976 that Heiss established the P.S. 1. Contemporary Art Center in an abandoned Romanesque Revival public school building which grew exponentially in studio and exhibition capacity. This building, built in 1892, was used as one of the schools in Long Island City until 1963, when the First Ward school was shut down because of insufficient attendance. In 1963, the building was transformed into an industrial warehouse.
MoMA PS1 and the Museum of Modern Art formalized their partnership in January 2000. New York City has the MoMA PS1 building and has backed the merger. MoMA’s collaboration, in partnership with MoMA PS1, aims to promote the appreciation, enjoyment of studying, understanding, and appreciation of art and contemporary culture to a broader and growing public. The collaborative exhibitions, educational programs, and special projects permit the two institutions to build from their strengths and resources and create a new cultural dialogue. The two institutions merged their education, development marketing, financial planning, and membership and development departments. In celebration of this 10th anniversary, the union between the last P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center and MoMA The museum was renamed MoMA PS1 in 2010. Queens Electrician
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