New York

United States

22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City

Phone: 718 784 2084

PS1 Contemporary Arts Centre - New York

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is one of the largest and oldest organizations in the United States solely devoted to contemporary art. Established in 1976 by Alanna Heiss, P.S.1 originated from The Institute for Art and Urban Resources, a not-for-profit organization founded five years prior with the mission of turning abandoned, underutilized buildings in New York City into artist studios and exhibition spaces. P.S.1 became an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art in 2000. In 2004, P.S.1 launched the world's first Internet art radio station, Art Radio, which operates out of the historic Clocktower in Lower Manhattan.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (2)

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Permanent Collection

P.S.1 does not have a permanent collection, but it does have long-term installations by artists such as James Turrell, Richard Serra, Pipilotti Rist, and many others.


Current Exhibitions:

October 29, 2006 - January 15, 2007

(Long Island City, NY – August 11, 2006) P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is pleased to present Defamation of Character, an international group exhibition exploring the iconoclastic impulse as an engine of recent creative progress. It draws primarily from work created in the post-punk era by approximately thirty artists, and explores the relationships between face and fame, notoriety, disclosure, and erasure. Some of the artists mine popular culture to produce scathing or defamatory indictments of consumer mores; others take the moral corruptions of public and political acts as their defamed subject; and others practice detournement—using elements of well-known media to create new work with a different or opposing message—to elevate injury and injustice into the realm of high art. Defamation of Character will be on view in the first floor Main Gallery from October 29, 2006, through January 15, 2007.

The cradle of much of this aesthetic impulse is England, where pop culture and anti-establishment attitudes have thrived concurrently. The progenitor of this position may be the British artist Richard Hamilton (b. 1922) whose body of work created in response to the so-called dirty protests in Northern Ireland speaks to the political defamations of the notorious Maze prison in the stylized language of pop. Fed through the language of punk and the graphic design of Jamie Reid (b. 1947) such attitudes became the form of the Young British Artists generation, represented here by works from Jake and Dinos Chapman (b. 1966/62), Sarah Lucas (b. 1962), and recently Adam McEwen (b. 1965).

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Previous Exhibitions

October 29, 2006 - January 8, 2007
John Latham: Time Base and the Universe

June 22, 2006
Young Architects Program presents: BEATFUSE! by OBRA

June 25, 2006
Time Frame

June 25, 2006
Ron Gorchov: Double Trouble

June 25, 2006
Bearable Lightness...Likeness

June 25, 2006 - September 2006
Into Me/Out of Me

May 1, 2006 - September 2006
John Lurie: Works on Paper

June 25, 2006 - September 2006
International and National Projects

May 1, 2006 - September 2006
Su Mei Tse

February 26, 2006 - June 5, 2006
International and National Projects

Forthcoming exhibitions

October 29, 2006 - January 29, 2007
Music is a Better Noise

September 21, 2006 - January 22, 2007
Burt Barr: Recent Work

October 29, 2006 - April 16, 2007
Loris Cecchini: Cloudless

October 29, 2006 - January 29, 2007
Sam Samore: The Suicidist

October 29, 2006 - May 7, 2007
KatrĂ­n SigurdardĂłttir: High Plane V

December 14, 2006 - January 22, 2007
Altered, Stitched and Gathered

October 29, 2006 - January 8, 2007
International and National Projects

February 11, 2007
Silicone Valley

February 11, 2007
Tom Sandberg

February 11, 2007
Vik Muniz: Reflex

February 11, 2007
Emergency Room


Admission is a $5.00 suggested donation; $2.00 for students and senior citizens; free for MoMA members and MoMA admission ticket holders. The MoMA ticket must be presented at P.S.1 within thirty days of date on ticket and is not valid during Warm Up or other P.S.1 events or benefits.

Opening hours

P.S.1 is open from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday through Monday. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
• artbook@PS1 is open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.
• LeRosier Café is open from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday through Monday.

Getting there

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Street in Long Island City, Queens, across the Queensboro Bridge from midtown Manhattan. It is easily accessible by bus and subway. Traveling by subway, visitors should take either the E or V to 23 Street-Ely Avenue (note that the V does not run on weekends); the 7 to 45 Road-Courthouse Square; or the G to Court Square or 21 Street-Van Alst. Visitors may also take the Q67 bus to Jackson and 46th Avenues or the B61 to Jackson Avenue.


The entrance includes a ramp accessible to wheelchair and stroller users. Wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Service animals are welcome in the Museum.

Le Rosier Café and artbook@ps1 are open during museum hours.

Coat-check is available for all guests.

Bathrooms on every floor.

Museum internal and external photos (4)

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Is a MoMA admission good for admission to PS1?

Yes, MoMA admission ticket holders receive complimentary admission to P.S.1. The MoMA ticket must be presented at P.S.1 within thirty days of date on ticket and is not valid during Warm Up or other P.S.1 events or benefits.

Can I purchase a MoMA Membership at PS1?

No, MoMA memberships are not for sale at P.S.1. You may purchase memberships at MoMA, at the MoMA Design Store on 53rd or in SoHo, online at or over the phone at (888) 999 – 8861.

Can I take photographs in the museum?

Still and video photography for personal use are not permitted in the museum. Credentialed members of the press (a media ID is required) may request a photography pass at the front desk. If press credentials are not present or available, inquiries should be directed to the Press Office at or 718.786.3139 (Monday through Friday only). The outdoor courtyard is open for photography and video.

How can I submit my slides for review to the museum?

We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response to our National Special Projects program and are in the process of reviewing several hundred submissions. In order to review these existing proposals with due care, we are unable to accept Special Projects proposals until further notice.

Is it possible to rent P.S.1 for an upcoming special event?

P.S.1 is available for corporate rentals only. We do not rent for weddings or private receptions. We give preference to Tuesday and Wednesday night rentals. For consideration please send a detailed event plan which includes: preferred rental dates, event timeline (including load in and load out info...+ [ Read all ]