You know summer in New York has officially arrived when Klaus Biesenbach starts rolling out the Instagrams.
Sunday, July 27, the social media savvy MoMA curator led fellow art lovers on an InstaMeet through his MoMA PS1 exhibition at the Rockaway Artists Gallery in Fort Tilden, aptly titled "Rockaway!" Biesenbach curated the exhibition in collaboration with Rockaway resident and punk legend Patti Smith, who supplied work for the installation alongside artists incluing Adrian Villar Rojas and Janet Cardiff.
Smith's piece was the centerpiece of the show -- a luxurious bed amidst the remnants of a long forsaken building. As the MoMA project page describes: "Having witnessed personal belongings of Rockaway residents being destroyed and washed away during Sandy, Smith will install a gilded four-post bed with pure white linens in a long-abandoned building that lacks windows and parts of its roof. The bed will wear down physically, yet remain in place, a symbol of courage and resilience." Her photographs of artists' dearest objects like Robert Mapplethorpe’s slippers and Frida Kahlo's corset were also on view.
The exhibition is open to the public and runs until September 1, 2014. Many in attendance tagged their Instagram uploads #rockaway1. The mix of foggy beach, crumbling graffiti, diaphanous canopy beds and Klaus Biesenbach's selfie face is just too good. Take a look for yourself below and learn more about InstaMeets here.
— Chris Tackett (@christackett) June 30, 2014