For twenty years now, MoMA PS1's summer music series Warm Up has transformed one of the city's great contemporary art museums into a full-on dance party. Yesterday was their 2017 season opener, and not even an evening soaking could tamper the exuberant atmosphere as hundreds of day-drinking dance fans had a blast in PS1's sprawling courtyard.
The space was jammed by about 6 p.m., with long lines at the cocktail and beer stands. Hugue Dufour and the M. Wells crew provided the food, a short menu that included falafel, turkey pitas, and lentil bowls. And all five DJs—VHVL, Shanti Celeste, Tiger & Woods, DJ EZ, and Jackmaster—played the sort of thumping house that kept the crowd jumping the entire time.
This Warm Up season also coincides with the unveiling of the annual courtyard installation, and this year's winner of the Young Architects Program was Jenny Sabin Studio's beautiful Lumen. MoMA PS1 says that the massive project contains more than a million yards of digitally knitted fiber, with 250 hanging tubular structures and 100 robotically woven recycled spool stools. People seemed to enjoy sticking their face in the misters scattered throughout the piece, and though it was difficult to tell whether Lumen's "responsive textiles" were indeed displaying "subtle color in sunlight" as promised, the whole thing definitely does look really cool and makes for an excellent backdrop in all manner of photos.
Warm Up runs every Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. through Labor Day; tickets range from $13 to $22.