If you are in the mood to experience some thought provoking and unique art while also getting a break from the madness of Manhattan, MoMA PS1 is the perfect place to go. Located in Long Island City, Queens, this museum, which was founded in 1971, is one of the world’s oldest non-profit contemporary art institutions. Known for exhibiting innovative and emerging contemporary artists, there is always something interesting to discover. Though MoMA PS1 mostly houses rotating exhibitions, they do have a few permanent, site-specific pieces, including one of my favorite works in the whole city, James Turrell’s Meeting.
James Turrell is a contemporary American artist whose work deals with the principles of light and space. Turrell’s piece at MoMA PS1 is one of his famous Skyspaces, where he creates an immersive installation, allowing the viewer to gaze directly up at the sky. In a small room on the third floor of the museum, the visitor is transported into a world that feels completely detached from the city, filled only with light and sky. I love to come here when I need to escape the city for a bit and recharge. Looking straight up through this portal leaves you feeling refreshed and with a whole new perspective on the world. Do keep in mind that if it is raining this room will be closed, yet cloudy days can sometimes be the most beautiful!
Extra tip: if you are a New York City resident you get free admission to the whole museum!