The devastation of Hurricane Sandy (October 2012) in the neighborhoods occupying the Rockaway Peninsula has made apparent the fragility of the area’s infrastructure. The weeks without electricity and damage to the public transportation system have only compounded the loss of life and property. The social fabric of whole communities has been rendered tenuous, a situation further exacerbated by the destruction of public spaces.
As part of EXPO 1: New York, MoMA PS1, in partnership with Volkswagen, has constructed a temporary geodesic dome that serves as a center for culture, education, and community in the Rockaways. As a flexible space, the dome provides a venue for lectures and conversations, rotating art exhibitions, film and video screenings, performances, and community events. Programming is undertaken in partnership with local organizations in the Rockaways and Queens County. Past events include the Rockaway Call for Ideas, which invited individuals to make short videos proposing novel forms of urban recovery, as well as the exhibition of works by Terence Koh, and David Fischli and Peter Weiss. Marie Lorenz will present a special presentation of her Tide and Current Taxi project as part of EXPO 1: New York.
The VW Dome 2 is on view from March 29 until June 30. It is located at the southern end of the parking lot located between Beach 94 and Beach 95 Streets, close to the former boardwalk.
Special thanks to the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.