The first museum survey dedicated to the work of Deana Lawson (b. 1979, Rochester, NY), this exhibition presents the work of a singular voice in photography today. For more than 15 years, Lawson has been exploring and challenging conventional representations of Black life through photography, drawing on a wide spectrum of photographic languages, including the family album, studio portraiture, staged tableaux, documentary pictures, and appropriated images.
Courtyard Coalition is a process-focused program emphasizing PS1’s Courtyard as a cultural and spatial asset for critical questions at the intersection of the institution, the neighborhood, and the community. In its inaugural presentation in Homeroom visitors are invited to draw, write, and remember experiences in the Courtyard, and imagine future activations of the space.
The second year of a collaboration between jackie sumell, the Lower Eastside Girls Club, and MoMA PS1, Growing Abolition is a multipart project investigating connections between ecology and prison abolition. Developing gradually from spring to winter, Growing Abolition unfolds around a greenhouse designed by sumell and installed in the side Courtyard of PS1.
Inspired by the history of community gardens in New York City, Life Between Buildings explores how artists have engaged the city’s interstitial spaces—“vacant” lots, sidewalk cracks, traffic islands, and parks, among others—to consider the politics of public space through an ecological lens.
On Friday evenings this August, MoMA PS1 will host a curated series of DJ sets in the Courtyard, presented free with Museum admission. This summer music offering will feature new performers and veteran acts from Warm Up—soon to be announced—while PS1’s signature music series is reimagined for 2023.