MoMA PS1 warms up summer in a cool way
by Rachel Corsini
Jul 09, 2010 | 2815 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Look up! White nets in sloping arches hang overhead and inside are purple, green and orange bouncy balls. They add a blast of color and let each visitor know this installation is all about summer fun. PS1’s Warm Up parties aren’t just parties, however; they are an “experimental exhibition at the museum,” said Cindy Hinant, a volunteer coordinator. Not that it isn’t a blast, with beer available to those of legal drinking age. You won’t find Budweiser here, though. They serve Original Sin Hard Cider and Magic Hat #9, a welcome change from the norm that speaks to the theme of serving the indie community.

The above-ground installation isn’t just for show. “Everything is interactive,” said Cindy. “A component of the young architects program is a shade component.”

It’s the reason those bouncing balls rest overhead, though they don’t stay there for long. There is a rope to pull which, when pulled, lowers the net to the floor. When touched, the balls fly into the air and if positioned just right, fall through the holes in the net. Partygoers can then perch on the balls, which serve as makeshift seats.

There’s a small green wading pool in the center of the rooftop party. Children play and cool off in the water, their parents sitting on the edge while keeping a watchful eye on their children. In the heat, some adults even decide to take a dip. It seems the exhibit has something for everyone this year, and parents are enjoying themselves as much as their children.

The crowd ranges from young hipsters to parents to children, so it’s important to have a chill vibe suitable for all. An eclectic, offbeat sound provided by DJ Korallreven, who hails from Sweden, sets the tone for a relaxing day. An international invasion took place, with two performers from Barcelona taking the stage to entertain the crowd.

It seems that those in attendance come from all over as well; Esther from Spain, who’s visiting the city for two months, came to mingle and see the art.

Hinant isn’t surprised. She said, “This set gives us a diverse audience, regular visitors and international tourists. Neighbors hear the noise and come to see what’s going on.”

Isn’t summer all about the beach? Well at PS1’s Warm Up parties, they’ve got that too. In a secluded section filled with sand, poles rise from the floor and can be played like instruments. There’s a bar in the corner for the thirsty folks. Relaxation is essential, so in another section, large orange hammocks are ready and waiting for someone to plop in and take a snooze, though with the music and excitement, napping might be out of the question.

Warm Up parties are going on every Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. until September 4, with different artists featured each week. On July 10, Klement and Acid Washed from France will be headlining the music series, as well as DJ Veronica Vasika.

PS1’s all about music, art and community; even in the heat, Warm Up still manages to stay seriously cool.

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. MoMA members receive one ticket with valid membership card. Long Island City residents receive free entry upon showing proof of residency. Visit for more information or call (718) 784-2084.
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