Last month, MoMA PS1 erected a geodesic dome in New York’s Rockaways to complement the Long Island City museum’s upcoming summer exhibition. “Expo 1: New York” (May 12-Sept. 2), organized by PS1 director (and part-time Rockaways resident) Klaus Biesenbach, will address some of the ecological and sociopolitical challenges impacting contemporary life with art installations, lectures and a film program.
In mid-February, MoMA PS1 put out an open call for ideas for rebuilding the Rockaways post-Hurricane Sandy. Anyone could submit a short video (3 minutes or less) addressing issues related to waterfront planning, alternative housing, the use of public space and other related concerns. MoMA PS1 received about 150 submissions by the Mar. 15 deadline.
Soon after the deadline, Kevin Boyle, the editor of the local Rockaways newspaper The Wave, suggested that the museum should host a couple of on-site recording sessions for those interested in participating who didn’t have access to video equipment. The first such event was held this past Sunday, and about 40 more people recorded their suggestions. The final opportunity to participate is tonight, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the VW-sponsored dome at Beach 94th Street.
From the videos submitted online by Mar. 15, plus those recorded on-site, a jury—made up of Biesenbach, MoMA PS1 curator Peter Eleey, independent curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and others—will select 25 finalists whose submissions will be screened at the Rockaways dome some time in late April.
For now, the dome is open five days a week (Wed-Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and functions as a temporary cultural and relief center, with a café inside run by Veggie Island, a vegetarian snack and juice bar that used to have a concession stand on the boardwalk. There are two artworks on view in the dome—Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s 1987 film The Way Things Go, and the future iz bigger than history (2012), Terence Koh’s pair of eggshells in a glass vitrine. MoMA PS1 is also hosting a few family-friendly activities in the Rockaways (beehive painting Apr. 7, a historical bike tour Apr. 28 and an Earth Day festival May 4), with more events to be announced in the coming weeks.