An Introduction to the MoMA PS1 Warm Up Series 2013
Winter in New York City is full of drudgery. Cold wind blasts down the city’s canyons while grey slush turns even the most expensive pairs of shoes and boots into seemingly impossible do-it-yourself projects to remove the accumulating muck. But when the first whispers of warm air begin to breathe life back into the city’s occupants, you can hear the collective sighs of relief murmuring from the subways to the parks and especially the courtyards. This is the time for the MoMA PS1 Warm Up.
Every summer, one courtyard stands out in particular. U-Shaped and surrounded by high windowed brick walls and located across the street from the historic graffiti mecca 5 Pointz in Long Island City, Queens, MoMA’s PS1 Warm Up series transforms a former schoolyard into the best weekly summer party NYC offers. Founded in 1971, MoMA’s PS1 has been a center for contemporary art for over 40 years. Its yearly summer music series, Warm Up, has only been running for 16 years but has developed a pedigree for picking lineups cut from some of the most moving, experimental, cutting edge musicians that New York and the world has to offer.
To help shade, cool, and inspire people in the courtyard, the Young Architects program at the Museum of Modern Art holds a yearly contest to design an installation that beautifies the former schoolyard, but also adds additional environmental benefits. Last year’s installation, Wendy, was more than beautifully-designed art: it added misting, shade, and a feeling of space into the courtyard. More importantly, Wendy neutralized airborne pollutants with a revolutionary nanoparticle spray that took pollution from nearly 260 cars off the road simply by being installed in the courtyard.
The winning designer for 2013, CODA of Ithaca, NY, designed an especially intriguing exhibit. A large scale structure designed to provide shade for the crowd, Party Wall is “clad with a screen of interlocking wooden elements donated by Comet, an Ithaca-based manufacturer of eco-friendly skateboards,” according to PS1’s press release. Additionally, 120 of the lower panels of this structure will be able to be removed for seating, tables, or any number of uses for smaller lectures or talks when Warm Up parties are not in session. The truly adaptable structure will also once again provide misting stations and fountains for both summertime refreshment and beauty.
For 2013, the musical lineup is again curated by many diverse figureheads in the music industry. Some of the following people are involved in choosing the lineup: Dean Bein, Head of True Panther Sounds; Kris Chen, Head of XL Recordings; Jonathan Galkin, Co-Founder of DFA Records; Brandon Stosuy, Editor for Pitchfork; and Matt Werth, Head of RVNG Intl. These important figures have day jobs at diverse independent record labels and as writers, two jobs focused around selecting and promoting the best talent available at hand. The lineups this year, as usual, are a mix of both local talent and worldwide touring arists, and will satisfy such diverse tastes as dance hall, juke, house, techno, experimental, rap, disco, dubstep, bass music, and the list still goes on! Yes, this is a series that focuses on electronic music, but no other weekly party brings this many types of music to the plate week after week. It is one of the most exciting aspects about Warm Up as if you like hearing and exploring new music, it is the party you need to attend.
Here is the lineup :
Juan Atkins / Metroplex / Detroit, MI
Lee Gamble / PAN / London, UK*
HEATSICK / PAN / Berlin, Germany*
NHK’Koyxen / PAN / Osaka, Japan*
Bill Kouligas / PAN / Berlin, Germany*
*presented as part of ISSUE Project Room
and Goethe-Institut NY’s PAN_ACT festival
The Martinez Brothers / Cuttin’ Headz / New York, NY
Kim Ann Foxman (DJ set) / New York, NY
DJ Qu / Strength Music / New York, NY
Anthony Naples / The Trilogy Tapes / New York, NY
MK / Hot Creations / Detroit, MI
XXYYXX / Relief in Abstract / Orlando, FL
Ryan Hemsworth / WeDidit / Halifax, Nova Scotia
Bondax / Relentless / Lancaster, UK
Gobby / UNO NYC / Boston, MA
James K / RUM / New York, NY
Kode9 / Hyperdub / London, UK
L-VIS 1990 / Night Slugs / New York, NY
Recloose / Rush Hour / Detroit, MI and New Zealand
Kelela / Fade To Mind / Los Angeles, CA
Obey City / LuckyMe / Astro Nautico / Brooklyn, NY
A Guy Called Gerald / 25 Years Independent / Manchester, UK
Ben UFO / Hessle Audio / London, UK
Majical Cloudz / Matador / Montreal, QC
Daniel Avery / Phantasy / London, UK
Roosevelt / Greco-Roman / Cologne, Germany
Marcellus Pittman / Unirhythm / Detroit, MI
Jackmaster / Numbers / Glasgow, Scotland
Dre Skull / Mixpak / New York, NY
Ratking / XL Recordings / New York, NY
Rizzla / Fade To Mind / New York, NY
Julio Bashmore / Broadwalk Records / Bristol, UK
Octave One (Live) / 430 West Records / Detroit, MI
Hyetal / True Panther / Bristol, UK
DJ Dodger Stadium / Bodyhigh / Los Angeles, CA
King Britt / Hyperdub / FiveSix / Philadelphia, PA
J. Cole / Roc Nation / Columbia / New York, NY
Bangladesh / Bangladesh Records / Atlanta, GA
Mr. MFN eXquire / Republic / Brooklyn, NY
Darq E Freaker / London, UK
World’s Fair / Fool’s Gold / Queens, NY
Star Eyes / Trouble & Bass / Brooklyn
Jubilee / Mixpak / Brooklyn
Caribou (DJ set) / Merge / London, UK
Museum of Love (DJ set) / DFA / New York, NY
Stellar OM Source (Live) / RVNG Intl / Antwerp, Belgium
Pional / Hivern Discs / Barcelona, Spain
Empress Of / Brooklyn, NY
Terreke / L.I.E.S. / Brooklyn, NY
Cajmere / Cajual / Chicago, IL
Liars (Live) / Mute / Los Angeles, CA
Lil Silva / Good Years, Young Turks / Bedford, UK
IO ECHO (Live) / IAMSOUND / Los Angeles, CA
Jon Hopkins / Domino / London, UK
Miles / Modern Love / Berlin, Germany
September 7th is considered an extra week for the party to go on, and the lineup has not yet been finalized. Considering the notoriety some of the guests they’ve had in the past, such as Thom Yorke’s project Atoms for Peace, an extra week of Warm Up fun is more than welcomed.
The sound may not be the absolute crisp notes you are used to at high end clubs, but the fresh summer air and craft beers on tap more than make up for it. The vibes are happy and young, and everyone is just celebrating having access to such wonderful music in such a special setting. Rain or shine these lineups draw crowds. Long Island City residents even get in for free with proof of residency. This party goes hard all day, but heats up around sunset. Best of all, the parties end at 9pm, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the headliner at Warm Up and have time to freshen up and continue your evening’s adventure if you so chose.
I will be covering the individual DJs and producers picked to play Warm Up on a weekly basis, so stay tuned to my pieces on Warm Up as I delve into the genre diversity that makes this party, and New York City dance scene itself tick.
Tickets are available for $15 in advance here or $18 at the door. The event is FREE if you are from Long Island City.