MoMA PS1 is working on a new exhibit, “EXPO 1: New York.” The new exhibit will be taking over PS1 for the next six months and is being organized by Klaus Biesenbach, who is also the chief curator for MoMA. The focus of EXPO 1 is the current status of our world socially, environmentally, and politically.
Mr. Biesenbach said that the festival “focuses on some of the most pressing issues of the day set against a backdrop of economic and socio-political concerns that have made a dramatic impact on daily life.”
The main exhibit for EXPO 1 is called “Dark Optimism,” and will feature 35 contemporary artists. The concept is that we are on both the brink of a huge technological transformation and an apocalypse. The juxtaposition of these two futures, at once bright and dark, makes a powerful statement about the current state of the world. It will show beginning on May 12th and will continue through September 2nd.
The show will also feature nature photography from Ansel Adams and work by a number of other NYC artists that explores mediums like film, video art, games, advertising, pop culture, and more. Lectures and screenings will also be a part of the show, as will a series of talks about building a sustainable waterfront (which will also be recorded and streamed online).
Starting on May 12th, daily lectures by artists, writers, technologists, economist, and ecologists will be presented. These talks will focus on the idea of our future and what it would preferably hold in store for us.