Volkswagen, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and MoMA PS1 continue their extensive, ongoing partnership with the announcement of EXPO 1: New York, an exploration of ecological challenges in the context of the economic and socio-political instability of the early 21st century, organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator At Large of The Museum of Modern Art, with a team of curatorial advisors from MoMA and MoMA PS1.
EXPO 1: New York comprises components at MoMA PS1, MoMA, and the VW Dome 2 in Rockaway Beach, NY. Major aspects of EXPO 1 at MoMA PS1 include a school, a summer camp, a cinema, an exhibition of photographs by Ansel Adams, an emerging artists group show, and a large-scale international exhibition exploring the theme of dark optimism (May 12-September 2, 2013).
Benita von Maltzahn, Head of Culture and Corporate Social Responsibility, Volkswagen AG said, "'Think Blue.' is Volkswagen's holistic approach to environmental sustainability, encouraging eco-conscious behavior, not just in our business, but in every aspect of our lives and intending to motivate people to act in a more sustainable way. In this context, we support EXPO 1: New York whose overall theme reflects the fundamental corporate values of Volkswagen-to take responsibility for the environment and society." von Maltzahn continued, "The exhibition gives food for thought and poses questions-inspiring people to change their behavior and embrace a more environmentally-conscious lifestyle."
As part of EXPO 1: New York, Volkswagen has donated the VW Dome 2, a temporary geodesic relief and culture dome, which will be located in Rockaway Beach (one of the areas most impacted by Hurricane Sandy). The dome will serve as a community center for cultural exchange, education, and will present ideas from the local community about the future sustainability of cities and the waterfront.
In 2012, Volkswagen generously donated the first VW Dome, which serves as the centerpiece of the MoMA PS1 courtyard, housing the weekly Sunday Sessions series-an amalgam of artistic programming from light, sound, and music installations to lectures and special performances.
EXPO 1: New York is the apex of the extensive and ongoing partnership between Volkswagen, MoMA, and MoMA PS1.