MoMA PS1 Presents Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Act

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 Present Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts, Opening October 21, 2018

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 will collaborate on the first comprehensive retrospective in 25 years devoted to the work of American artist Bruce Nauman (b. 1941), on view at MoMA from October 21, 2018, through February 18, 2019, and at MoMA PS1 from October 21, 2018, through February 25, 2019. Co-organized by The Museum of Modern Art and Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager Basel, Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts draws upon the rich holdings of both institutions and nearly 70 lenders. Encompassing Nauman’s career, the exhibition will occupy the Museum’s entire sixth floor and the whole of MoMA PS1. This joint presentation will provide an opportunity to experience Nauman’s command of a wide range of mediums, from drawing, printmaking, photography, and neon to performance, video, film, sculpture, and architecturally scaled environments. Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts is organized by Kathy Halbreich, Laurenz Foundation Curator and Advisor to the Director, The Museum of Modern Art; with Heidi Naef, Chief Curator, and Isabel Friedli, Curator, Schaulager Basel; and Magnus Schaefer, Assistant Curator, and Taylor Walsh, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition is currently on view at Schaulager through August 26, 2018.

Since 1970, Nauman has frequently worked on a monumental scale, necessitating this expansive presentation across both of MoMA’s locations. Both venues include works in all mediums and from all phases of Nauman’s career, offering distinct but complementary perspectives on his wide-ranging practice. The characteristics of the two spaces have shaped the curatorial approach to each: the flexibility of The Museum of Modern Art’s sixth-floor exhibition galleries will accommodate five of the artist’s largest works, alongside a representative selection of his production across the decades. The exhibition moves swiftly from Nauman’s early sculptures, drawings, and films that explore the body—sometimes his own—to room-size installations that directly involve the viewer and often dictate a path around, in, or through them. The suite of former classrooms in MoMA PS1’s historic building will house over 120 works, organized thematically to chart the recurrence of key concepts throughout Nauman’s 50-year career. The presentation highlights consistencies in a seemingly disparate body of work, as Nauman revisits earlier motifs and concerns with new urgency.


Closing Soon at SculptureCenter: 74 million million million tons

April 30 – July 30, 2018
44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

74 million million million tons features work by Shadi Habib Allah, George Awde, Carolina Fusilier, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Hiwa K, Nicholas Mangan, Sean Raspet and Nonfood, Susan Schuppli, Daniel R. Small, and Hong-Kai Wang.

Employing different methodologies to investigate, intervene, and assemble, the artists in 74 million million million tons reveal subjects on the threshold of politics and the outskirts of legality: the robot, the refugee, the environment, the startup, and others. By operating inside delays, silent pauses, sensory impairments, and omissions, these artists examine the shape and weigh the force of these gaps, not only as absences but also as sources of knowledge in themselves.

Nicholas Mangan, Ancient Lights, 2015, detail, 74 million million million tons, SculptureCenter, New York, 2018. Photo: Kyle Knodell


S3 at 47-34 Vernon Boulevard closes

S3 (“Sushi, Soju, Sports”), located at 47-34 Vernon Boulevard, closed on Thursday.

“Thank you to our customers, employees, and Soju Club members for making this a great year for me,” the owner said on its website.

S3 opened last year, taking over the location from Gizi Wine & Tapas Bar. No announcement has been made as to what will replace S3.


Facade work halfway done at west tower of 22-24 Jackson Avenue, former home of 5Pointz

The last time we stopped by at 22-24 Jackson Avenue in May, the east tower at the former home of 5 Pointz had just topped out.1 When we stopped by last week, we saw that facade work is about is more than halfway done on the west tower and the east tower looks like it’s about to start, as seen below.

The Department of Buildings approved permits for the site on May 6, for a 48 story build with 977,086 square feet of residential space and 39,765 feet of commercial space for a total FAR of 8.00.2 According to the on site rendering, work will complete on the site in winter, 2017.

22-24 Jackson Avenue

A view of the west tower

22-24 Jackson Avenue

A view of the east tower

22-24 Jackson Avenue

A view of both towers

22-34 Jackson Avenue

Rendering for 22-24 Jackson Avenue


Foundation work complete at 43-12 Hunter Street

In June, we checked in at Rockrose’s newest Court Square project at 43-12 Hunter Street and saw that excavation work had just wrapped up.1 When we stopped by last week, we saw that foundation work is underway and rebar is starting to rise, as seen in the photo below. Permits approved in December call for an 18-story mixed-use build back in what used to be called “The Lot.”2 Construction will last about two years, with an anticipated delivery date in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Here’s more details from The Real Deal, who was the first to spot the permits back in April, 2017:3

The proposed building at 43-12 Hunter Street would feature 123 units across 86,560 square feet, according to permit application filed with the city Thursday. There are also plans for 4,000 square feet of retail space, as well as a lounge, an exercise room and a rooftop terrace.

43-12 Hunter Street

A view of 43-12 Hunter Street

43-12 Hunter Street

Rendering for 43-12 Hunter Street