Delayed a year by the pandemic, Greater New York—MoMA PS1’s quinquennial focused on artists based in the metropolitan area—is back. Curated by Ruba Katrib, who organized the exhibition with Serubiri Moses in collaboration with Kate Fowle and Inés Katzenstein, the show opens to the public on Thursday and runs into April of next year.
In the more than 100 works by 47 artists included, several loose focuses emerge: interests in land rights, passionate desires to represent the under-represented, and shared fascination with artists of the past who have been cast to the margins of history. There are many dead and under-known artists included among a good deal of young up-and-comers, too. Spanning generations, continents, and movements, the artists in this show demonstrate a canny ability to depict the worlds they inhabit with specificity and dynamism.
Below, a look at eight standouts from the show.