Supporting art & artists at the intersection of social, cultural, and political issues of their time
MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez.

Grantee Cohort Spring 2020

Location New York and International

MoMA PS1 champions how art and artists are at the intersection of the social, cultural, and political issues of their time. Providing audiences with the agency to ask questions, access to knowledge, and a forum for public debate, PS1 has offered insight into artists’ diverse worldviews for more than 40 years. PS1 has been a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) since 1982, and affiliated with The Museum of Modern Art since 2000.

MoMA PS1 leveraged its Art for Justice grant funding to present Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” an exhibition focused on mass incarceration curated by Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood. Dr. Fleetwood engaged in extensive research and archiving of visual art by incarcerated artists, which is cataloged in a new book by the same name. This exhibition features more than 30 artists who bring lived experience with our criminal legal system into the dialogue of their art. Through the generous support of Art For Justice, copies of Dr. Fleetwood’s book are also being distributed to nonprofits who work with those currently incarcerated as a way of ensuring that people in prison can access the exhibition.

Art for Justice also partnered with MoMA PS1 through an Art for Justice Activating Art and Advocacy grant. MoMA PS1 will pilot an artist (non)residency program for formerly-incarcerated artists engaged in the fields of visual art, performance and social justice. Providing professional development opportunities, mentorship and a supportive environment conducive toward shaping the artists’ practice. For the pilot program, MoMA PS1 will partner with Tameca Cole, an emerging artist based in Birmingham, Alabama. Ultimately, the long-term objective is to support a community of justice-involved artists and contribute to movement building, creating a sustained peer cohort with shared values and a commitment to change.