History of PS1



ISBN: 9781633450691 Category:

Klaus Biesenbach, Bettina Funke


The first publication to capture the vibrancy, scrappy idiosyncrasy, and stubborn contemporaneity of PS1’s rich history since its founding in 1971

Since its inception in the early 1970s, MoMA PS1 has been a crucible for radical experimentation. Committed to the city as well as to maintaining an international scope, PS1 has always put the artist at the center, engaging practitioners old and young, well established or completely unknown, and at work in every discipline from performance, music, dance, poetry, and new media to painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture. This groundbreaking publication captures the vibrancy, scrappy idiosyncrasy, and stubborn contemporaneity of a long and venerable tradition that began with the legendary series of performances organized by founder Alanna Heiss under the Brooklyn Bridge in 1971.

Organized into three main sections that delve into PS1’s rich history during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s and beyond, the book features in-depth conversations between Heiss and Klaus Biesenbach, the current director of MoMA PS1, and over 40 recollections and statements, both new and historical, by artists, curators, and critics closely associated with the institution, including Rebecca Quaytman, James Turrell, Andrea Zittel and many others. Extensive illustrations include photographic documentation of exhibitions and performances from the archives, facsimile catalogue pages, letters, applications to the studio program, exhibition posters, and event invitations. Complete with an illustrated chronology and comprehensive exhibition history, this book offers a vivid chronicle of the extraordinary history of MoMA PS1

Additional information

Weight 1718 g
Dimensions 23.7 x 27.6 cm
Publisher name The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date 15 February 2020
Number of pages 304
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.7 x 27.6 cm
Weight 1718 g


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “History of PS1”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Klaus Biesenbach is the Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Bettina Funcke is a writer and editor based in New York City. She was formerly the Head of Publications for DOCUMENTA (13) and the US Editor of Parkett magazine.