Pictures at an Exhibition

Ryan McNamara’s ‘Back to School’ Benefit at MoMA PS1

A temporary locker room in the basement area—no visitors allowed. MAXIMILIÍANO DURÓN/ARTNEWS

A temporary locker room in the basement area.


Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday.

Today’s show: On Friday in Queens, MoMA PS1 hosted its first ever “Back to School” benefit, under the direction of artist Ryan McNamara, with over 30 artists presenting projects and performances. It was an quite an evening! In some ways, it was very high school—there were classes like sex education, anatomy, and art history, and a cafeteria serving corn dogs—and in other ways it was very much not like high school in that there was quite a bit of alcohol and a fair number of scantily clad people, at least one wielding a whip. Below, a look at the evening. (Not pictured, my session with the guidance counselor, Jessica Mitrani, which included dancing salsa to Celia Cruz’s “La Vida Es un Carnaval.” It was the highlight of the evening.)

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