Weekend NYC 1014: Thanks PS1!

1 throw awayThe warm-up for the Sunday doings.

For years I have wanted to photograph the inside of PS1. It was not the artwork, but because of the structure. A school built before the turn of the 20th century in the emerging town known as Long Island City. PS1 has a certain equivalent to the Mackintosh’s Scotland Street School Museum, except that building is what can happen in the right hands. Both buildings reflect open public spaces and the new sentiment of educating all children.

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Luckily for a change in policy, where you can now photograph, and a tour, the structure of PS1 became even more interesting than its exhibitions.

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1 hallwayProbably more as it looked when it was closed in the ’60s, this section retains its original ’50s asphalt tile and original fire safety glass. The outside windows and some interior windows are new.

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1 stariwell cutouts3Three views of William Kentridge’s Stair Procession.

I think the first time I saw Kentridge work was at the MCA. I might be wrong and it might have actually have been Kara Walker‘s work. Walker’s work is highly sophisticated Victorian-type silhouette cut-outs which usually tell some kind of tongue and cheek story. Kentridge is raw and made up of ripped, not cut, paper which give it a certain boldness. This installation has been there a while, and quite nice. Anyone, who went to school in one of these older structures remember that these were stairwells which you were directed to only go down or up.  The mapping out, of course, like escalators.

1 photo showThere was a show of vintage photos (which I can’t find a listing on) and Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy, a dance piece installation on the top floor.

1 boileroom compositePart of the tour was the creepy boiler room, which I hadn’t been in years. Since then the furnace and pipes have been gold leafed, part of Saul Melman’s Central Governor installation. It still smells creepy, and my cousin Mary, noticed a break in the boiler room insulated pipe overhead.

1 ART amnesty Bob and Roberta Smith’s Art Amnesty

Art Amnesty allows artists disposed art to be displayed in a museum setting, which will later be dumped. Kind of a new take on the Salon des Refusés, or the salon of refuse. There was as many people making ah-hem, bad art, as visiting it!

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1 promise neverThe tour took you from the boiler room to the roof. The young man who was our guide had a grandpa who attended PS1 probably back in the ’60s.

1 serraA 1976 installation by Richard Serra, called PS1

1 queensboro bridgeGreat rooftop scene allowed you to see the Queensboro Bridge.

1 5 points composite

On a sad footnote, 5 Points, the house of graffiti artists, was destroyed to make way for apartments, I still got to shoot a little of the existing structure.





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