Friday, October 23, 2015

MoMA PS1: Greater New York (revision)

As the fourth exhibition of its series, MoMA PS1: Greater New York #4 presents 157 artists and over 400 works. Viewing this amount of diversity can be difficult, however I felt that the strong curation decisions involving space worked to support the intention of the artists.

Works proposed together like the collaged surfaces of Amy Brener’s sidewalk sculptures and Nick Relph’s mixed-media street photography complimented each other through a dialogue of line and material. Brener’s sculptures mirrored the composition of buildings featured in Relph’s photographs, and also revealed Relph’s photographs in and out of the translucent glass crushed panes.

Then, the superabundance of artists’ figurative sculptures featured in a large bright room with windows catered to give more space to the eye. I enjoyed the speckled placements of the strange cast of characters which allowed for viewing each piece individually and as a collective.
Another strong use of space occurred in the exhibition of KIOSK collective. This piece displays the archive of 3,000 objects. Each object is framed in its own box, and stacked to create walls to meander through. With a tall ceiling height and narrow rectangular dimension, this room worked well to create a claustrophobic space one experiences in junk resale shops.

As a result of the curation to spatial awareness, the exhibition was composed of great rhythm and function to the artist.

KIOSK (Founded 2005)
1,303 People, 2005-2015


  1. Hi Meghan,

    I really like your review of MoMA PS1, Greater New York, and I enjoyed the show, too. You introduced some background content of the whole exhibition that gives me a clear sense of where is their inspirations come from and why some of the works seems provocative. But I would like to hear more of your opinions for this exhibition. Like the one you did for Yoko Ono. I think instead of talking generally of the content and the artworks themselves, pointing out the confusion or something you doubt is more productive and criticish

  2. Hi Meghan! Sorry for the delay in this response! Hopefully you didn't totally rewrite this or produce your final edits.

    Anyway, I think that perhaps you could have been less vague about how the relationship between the pieces and their spaces inform the intentions of the artist. You might want to specifically focus on KIOSK because it has such a strong presence and the space was fully transformed. You could then potentially elaborate more fully on the relationship between the objects and the space as well as the intention of the piece/artist/curator. Hopefully that makes sense!