MoMA PS1 announces EXPO 1: New York, an exploration of ecological challenges in the context of the economic and socio-political instability of the early 21st century. Acting in the guise of a festival-as-institution, EXPO 1: New York reconsiders the museum from the ground up, presenting a simultaneity of modules, interventions, solo projects, and group exhibitions that encompass all of MoMA PS1 and other locations such as Rockaway Beach. EXPO 1: New York is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen.
The concept of EXPO 1: New York was developed by MoMA PS1 Director and MoMA Chief Curator-at-Large Klaus Biesenbach with Hans Ulrich Obrist and an advisory group including Peter Eleey, Paola Antonelli, Pedro Gadanho, Laura Hoptman, Roxana Marcoci, and Jenny Schlenzka.
EXPO 1: New York is organized by Klaus Biesenbach with Christopher Y. Lew, and Lizzie Gorfaine, with specific curators for several of the modules and exhibitions.
Klaus Biesenbach explains, "EXPO 1: New York focuses on some of the most pressing issues of the day-specifically recent ecological challenges set against a backdrop of economic and socio-political concerns that have made a dramatic impact on daily life." Biesenbach continues, "These urgencies are described, examined, and addressed through different modes: the exhibition of artworks in gallery spaces, educational lectures and discourse, a regular program of moving images, and direct action in improving the building of MoMA PS1 with the installation of solar panels, a temporary energy-saving enclosure of the terrace, and the cultivation of plants and produce."