It’s no secret that artists from all over the world migrate to New York City in hopes of flourishing in the thriving contemporary art scene. At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus, and Moverman, our Queens personal injury lawyers love to spend our free time engaging with the variety of high-quality art the city has to offer. One of our favorite museums in the city happens to be right here in Queens – MoMA PS1. This art institution is one of the largest in the United States dedicated solely to contemporary art. MoMA PS1 also hosts a variety of programs and events, such as the Sunday Sessions performance series, the Warm Up summer music series, and the Young Architects Program.
We recently had a visit to MoMA PS1 and thought we’d share our thoughts on some of the current exhibitions:
Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting
This exhibition runs through March 18th and features a comprehensive look at Schneemann’s six-decade career. The American artist has used painting and film to discuss themes regarding the body, sexuality, and gender. Schneeman has influenced countless other visual artists over the course of the past 50 years, with art that asks questions about the social constructs of the female body, subjectivity, and the cultural biases of art history.
The exhibit begins with early paintings from the 1950s, and shows how her craft progressed throughout the 1960s into works which incorporated her own body and avant-garde theater events. Other features include performances, films, and installations from the 1970s, all the way through her spatialized multimedia installations from the 1980s through 2000s.
MoMA PS1 is currently hosting the largest Cathy Wilkes exhibition to date, featuring approximately 50 of her works from public and private collections, as well as new pieces specially created for the exhibition. Wilkes is an artist from Northern Ireland who specializes in sculpture, paintings, and art installations. Active for over 20 years, her works combine elements of painting, drawing, sculpture, and objects to create installations that explore the connection between mundane daily life and major milestones like birth, marriage, raising a child, and death.
Naeem Mohaiemen: There Is No Last Man
Naeem Mohaiemen is an essayist, filmmaker, and mixed-media installation artist who primarily focuses on the 1970s revolutionary left of South Asia. There Is No Last Man features two of his art projects:
Tripoli Cancelled (2017) is a fictional film loosely based on Mohaiemen’s father. It follows the daily life of a man stranded in an abandoned airport. The film was shot at Ellinikon Airport in Athens Greece – the same airport where his father was stuck for nine days in 1977 after losing his passport.
Volume Eleven (flaw in the algorithm of cosmopolitanism) (2016) is made up of diptych paintings that investigate six essays by the artist’s great uncle, the Bengali writer Syed Mujtaba Ali. His uncle mistakenly saw Nazi Germany as a solution to British colonialism in India – even hoping that the Nazis would defeat Britain and liberate the subcontinent. This exhibition explores how a handful of Indian intellectuals were fascinated by German political ideologies during this time period.