EXPO 1 is an exploration of ecological challenges in the context of the economic and socio-political instability of the early 21st century.
EXPO 1: New York will reconsider the museum from the ground up, presenting a simultaneity of modules, interventions, solo projects, and group exhibitions that encompass all of MoMA PS1 and other locations such as Rockaway Beach.
Developed by MoMA PS1 Director and MoMA Chief Curator-at-Large Klaus Biesenbach with Hans Ulrich Obrist and an advisory group including Peter Eleey, Paola Antonelli, Pedro Gadanho, Laura Hoptman, Roxana Marcoci, and Jenny Schlenzka. Biesenbach explained,
“EXPO 1: New York focuses on some of the most pressing issues of the day-specifically recent ecological challenges set against a backdrop of economic and socio-political concerns that have made a dramatic impact on daily life.
“These urgencies are described, examined, and addressed through different modes: the exhibition of artworks in gallery spaces, educational lectures and discourse, a regular program of moving images, and direct action in improving the building of MoMA PS1 with the installation of solar panels, a temporary energy-saving enclosure of the terrace, and the cultivation of plants and produce.”