I am a member of an artist group in Long Island City (where my studio is located) that meets monthly to support each other, discuss art and our artwork. Recently, our fearless leader (thank you, Phoebe) organized a field trip to two museums in Long Island City. We started at the SculptureCenter at 44-19 Purves Street. “SculptureCenter’s space was built as a trolley repair shop for the subway system in 1907, but never used as such. In the 1940’s, the building was used for the manufacture, assembly, and repair of derricks, hoist, and cranes, which the facade reflects with the original signage from that era”(1). Most of the sculptures displayed were a little too avant-garde for my taste, but I loved the building space with its exposed original brick and steel construction.
Our second stop was at MoMA PS1, “an exhibition space that devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. A catalyst and an advocate for new ideas, discourses, and trends in contemporary art, MoMA PS1 actively pursues emerging artists, new genres, and adventurous new work by recognized artists in an effort to support innovation in contemporary art”.(2) I found the artwork at MoMA PS1 to be more polished and the conceptions behind them better expressed, but still very experimental. My favorite work, a brightly colored web by Escobedo Soliz Studio, was strung in the entrance courtyard. “This woven canopy encourages visitors to slow down, potentially reframing how they interact not only with each other but also with the landscape and sky”. (3) I relaxed outside with my art group at the museum’s cafe to enjoy this canopy, a cold beer, and some great conversation.
What museums, galleries, parks, and other sites are in your neighborhood that you’ve never explored?
(1) www.sculpture-center.org, (2) www.momaps1.org, (3) the information plaque in the courtyard.