Last Friday I was invited by Volkswagen to attend to pre-opening of the exhibition EXPO 1: New York in New York City. Actually the full description of the exhibition is: “EXPO 1: New York, an exploration of ecological challenges in the context of the economic and socio-political instability of the early 21st century”. It takes place at 3 locations: the MoMA PS1, The Museum of Modern Art, and Rockaway Beach.
Acting in the guise of a festival-as-institution, EXPO 1: New York imagines a contemporary art museum dedicated to ecological concerns, presenting a simultaneity of modules, interventions, solo projects, and group exhibitions including a school, a colony, a cinema, a geodesic dome, Rain Room, and more. EXPO 1: New York is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen Group of America. Rain Room is on view at MoMA, courtesy of RH, Restoration Hardware.
The concept of EXPO 1: New York was developed by MoMA PS1 Director and MoMA Chief Curator-at-Large Klaus Biesenbach with Hans Ulrich Obrist and an advisory group including Peter Eleey, Paola Antonelli, Pedro Gadanho, Laura Hoptman, Roxana Marcoci, and Jenny Schlenzka.
At the MoMA PS1 it occupies the entire building with large-scale exhibitions and solo projects exploring the theme of dark optimism.
In my opinion the exhibitions at MoMA PS1 were a little to chaotic, a little too much. But there were definitely some highlights like the module ProBio which explored the theme of dark optimism within the context of the human body and technology. Or the sculpture “Your Waste of Time” by Olafur Eliasson and several other single artworks like “La inocencia de los animales” by Adrián Villar Rojas.
The Rain Room at the MoMA is definitely worth visiting, but I’m not sure if it is MoMA-level piece of work.
Volkswagen Group of America is a partner of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1.
On Saturday I visited Rockaway Beach, which was very badly hit by hurricane Sandy last year. On March 29th they opened the VW Dome 2 right a the beach with a call for ideas to create a sustainable waterfront. 25 projects were selected and you will be able to see them there until June 30th.