Sure felt like summer last weekend, right? And not just because it was, like, 30 million degrees outside… no, I’m talking about last Saturday marking the beginning of that most fabulous of NYC summertime traditions, the always-a-blast afternoon dance party, Warm Up at MoMA PS1.
Held in PS1′s sprawling courtyard–this great contemporary art museum, the Long Island City outpost, obviously, of Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art, used to be a public school, and still retains much of architectural and aesthetic flourishes (or lack thereof)–Warm Up MoMA packs the place with good music, good people, and good times every Saturday all summer long. And this year Long Island City residents get in for free!
Anyway, whether or not you’re a resident of a Long Island City rental apartment, here are some tips on how to have the most fun at Warm Up at MoMA PS1.
First tip: get there early! Unless you’re a fan of waiting on line on a sidewalk near some port-o-potties, the best thing to do is to arrive at Warm Up sometime between 2:00 (when the doors open) and, say, 3:30, or about a half hour into the first performance.
If you’re a MoMA member you can waltz right in, but otherwise, show up after 4:00 and expect a line down the block. Speaking of which, it’s also a good idea to get some drink tickets right away, rather than wait for “later”, when the line’s liable to be double whatever it is now.
Second tip: see the art! You’re going to be hanging out for several hours, so you might as well walk through all of PS1′s (sometimes air-conditioned) galleries.
Lara Favaretto: Just Knocked Out on the museum’s first floor is lively and fun–loved the confetti-and-fan room, as well as the dirt floor/buried treasure gallery–and Max Brand’s somewhat crazed paintings, using sidewalk chalk, crayon, pencil, marker, spray paint, ballpoint pen, chlorine bleach, oils and acrylics, are definitely worth seeing.
Also, if you’ve never been in James Turrell’s stunningly soothing Meeting installation, open all day on the third floor, it’s a must, even in the heat.
Third tip: dance! Sure you can just listen to all of the great music (or not great, depending on your taste… Warm Up is all about experimentation, whether live bands, sound performances, or DJ’s, and not all of it is easy on the ears), but it’s a lot more fun to squeeze your way onto the dance floor and move.
Fourth tip: marvel at Wendy by HWKN! This year’s Young Architects Program winner is the massive, air-cleaning, water-squirting, blue-and-spiky Wendy, which dominates the courtyard and, though it doesn’t in my opinion provide enough (or any!) seating, or interactivity, it’s undeniably still pretty spectacular.
Fifth tip: stroll a bit around Long Island City! If you’re not already a resident, you may not have seen the fantastic street-art mecca 5ptz, a huge warehouse covered with murals, pieces, and tags from world-renowned artists.
Go this summer–it’s right across the street, and you can leave PS1 and re-enter, no charge, no line–because this time the threats of tearing it all down to build condos seem to be for real.
Sixth and last tip: eat! The great M. Wells crew runs a tent inside the MoMA PS1 courtyard, and they have some no-surprise-delicious snacks, including corn dogs, fried olives (yup), oysters, maple cotton candy, and ices.
Afterwards, get an ice cream a few blocks down Jackson Avenue at Malu (if they have Chocolate Salted Cashew Butter, order it); or have dinner over on Vernon Boulevard, where there’s a veritable “restaurant row” between 46th Road and 48th Avenue.
You can find this summer’s complete Warm Up at MoMA calender, as well as lots of other information about the series, about Wendy, about the art and area, at the Warm Up MoMA PS1 website.
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