Yesterday I went to MoMA PS1in Queens, not really knowing what to expect, other than an exhibition in Long Island City for contemporary art. The location of PS1 in itself seemed pretty contemporary, as when we got off the train and walked down to the street, one of the first things we saw was “5 Pointz”, an old factory turned graffiti exhibition. This place wasn’t just a few tags on an abandoned building. It was the real deal – some of the best graffiti I’ve ever seen. Some girls standing outside told us to go around and check it out, which we did, while several artists worked on a spot and a random guy danced in front of them to some rather earsplitting music (to attract more viewers I’m guessing).
After a few minutes we turned the corner and I could already see the giant PS1 on the side of a gray wall against the New York skyline. Most of the exhibitions in the building were interesting to say the least. One of our favorites in the first area was called “Gummo” by Lara Favaretto, which was basically five big spinning car wash brushes on electric motors. After a while, toward the end of our exploration of the exhibit, we came across an exhibit room called “Meeting” by James Turrell. The relatively small square room had a wrap around wooden bench and a rectangular opening cut in the ceiling, exposing the clear afternoon sky and sunlight. We sat there, just marveling at the simple serenity of this room. We all kind of thought “This shouldn’t be this amazing”. Maybe it was the perfect weather, but we definitely stayed in that room longer than any of the others. I wasn’t too sure about going to PS1 to begin with, but I’m glad I did. I might even say I liked it better than the MoMa … maybe. Contemporary art such as that in PS1 may not be changing the art world or have garnered international fame (yet) , but so far I’ve definitely found it to be the most fun.