Greater New York

February 27–May 16, 2000

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and The Museum of Modern Art present their first curatorial collaboration with Greater New York, an unprecedented joint exhibition enterprise. Working cooperatively since October 1999, curators from P.S.1 and MoMA have produced an exhibition that will showcase more than 140 artists who have emerged as vital, creative voices in their field over the past five years. Greater New York will open Sunday, February 27 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, New York.

The Greater New York exhibition embodies the diversity of ideas and creative practice found in the metropolitan area. From the five boroughs, lower Westchester County to New Jersey, the combined staff of MoMA and P.S.1 has scoured the New York metropolitan area in search of young artists who are breaking new ground. The work will span mediums - from painting, sculpture and photography to site-specific installations and video projections. Greater New York presents a range and balance between artists who have become prominent since 1995 and those artists who have yet to gain wide-spread public recognition. The Greater New York exhibition will occupy nearly all of P.S.1's spaces and galleries.

"Greater New York, the first significant curatorial collaboration between P.S.1 and MoMA, embodies our shared interest in contemporary art and artists and reflects the diversity and dynamism of the metropolitan area's artistic community," remarked Glenn D. Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art. "This exhibition is not necessarily a comprehensive survey of the New York art scene, but an investigation or a report on ideas recently generated by artists,” said Alanna Heiss, Director of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. "Greater New York is a creative laboratory of massive proportions that combines the curatorial talents of two distinct institutions. The artists reveal what it is to be a New Yorker at the beginning of a new era. They anticipate the future while at the same time grant us an opportunity to examine their collective and individual potential."

In addition, P.S.1 and MoMA have initiated the Greater New York writing project: a collection of essays by writers from New York who have been invited to contribute critical essays for the exhibition. These essays will be featured, interactively, on-line at along with images of works in the exhibition. The project will serve as the official documentation of the Greater New York exhibition and will be available on CD-Rom with an accompanying booklet. Several public dialogues between artists and writers will take place each Sunday afternoon in April (times/location TBA).

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center maintains a full program of retrospectives, one-person exhibitions, thematic exhibitions and international group shows that have extended its reach from Japan to Russia. On this occasion, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center pursues its on-going quest for uncharted territory in its immediate surroundings: the artists of the city of New York. The international nature of the city becomes apparent as native New Yorkers share galleries with artists from around the world who have elected New York as their home.

  • Rob Pruitt
    Power of the Panda: Circle of Giving,
    Oil and glitter on canvas and wood
    Courtesy Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, NY
    Photo credit: Eileen Costa

  • Gareth James
    Patent Palace, 2000
    Ink and paper
    Installation in P.S.1 Press Office
    Photo credit: Eileen Costa

  • Mick O’Shea
    Artworld, 2000
    Model electric train, folded invitation cards, wood, metal, plastic, paint, plants
    Courtesy the artist

  • Aidas Bareikis
    Fallout Bliss, Black Flag, 2000
    Mixed media
    Courtesy Leo Koenig, Inc.
    Photo Credit: Eileen Costa

  • Mark Dean Veca
    Boogey Fervor, 2000
    Acrylic, oil and bean bags, installation in P.S.1’s Café
    Courtesy the artist
    Photo credit: Eileen Costa


To organize this exhibition, some 30 curatorial staff members from P.S.1 and MoMA reviewed the work of more than 2000 artists, conducted extensive slide reviews, and visited more than 250 studios in the New York area. Mr. Lowry and Ms. Heiss, with Tom Finkelpearl (Program Director of P.S.1), led a team of curators who participated in the selection of artists and organized the exhibition. These included: from P.S.1: Brian O'Doherty (P.S.1 Associate Director), Klaus Biesenbach (Senior Curator), Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Senior Curator), and Russell Haswell (Adjunct Curator); and from MoMA: Paulo Herkenhoff (Adjunct Curator, Painting and Sculpture), Laura Hoptman (Assistant Curator, Drawings), Deborah Wye (Chief Curator, Prints and Illustrated Books) and Kirk Varnedoe (MoMA Chief Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture), among others. Studio visits were undertaken by all members of this core team as well as other staff members of P.S.1 and curators from all departments at MoMA.

Greater New York is made possible by Peter Norton, Norton Family Foundation.

Generous support provided by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.

Additional funding provided by the Board of Directors of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Robert J. Denison, the Douglas S. Cramer Foundation, The Contemporary Arts Council and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, and by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.