MoMA PS1 is a redbrick building that sits foursquare on a corner in Long Island City, near row houses, offices and small stores, all a stone's throw from Manhattan. The building is the grande dame of adaptive reuse in the world of New York art and architecture. PS1 really was a public school for many decades. Since its rebirth as a center for emerging visual and performance artists more than 20 years ago, the building has become dependable for its unpredictability—which is exactly why children enjoy going there. Huge installations, enigmatic performance art, experimental film and video, and works in progress by the artists-in-residence all capture the intensity and irreverence that truly belong, perhaps, only to the young.
PS1 reopened its galleries in late 1997 after increasing the public use and exhibition space to 80,000 square feet. Since 2000 P.S. 1 has been affiliated with MoMA, becoming, in effect, the contemporary wing of that prestigious institution. It changed its name to MoMA PS1 in early 2010.
Offerings for families include guided tours, panel discussions and special events related to ongoing exhibitions, children's workshops, and gift-making workshops in the holiday season. Parents may also enroll children in Summer Art Camp, which features tutored art-making sessions.
Students and teachers may sign up for guided tours, as well as attend panel discussions and special events related to ongoing exhibitions. Special educational activities in collaboration with Long Island City high schools are also available, as are portfolio preparation classes for students seeking entrance to fine arts schools.