Wendy in her geometric scaffolding
We got stamped!
The crowd relaxing on the steps during Professor Genius's set
Inside the Wendy installation
The tip of one of Wendy's arms, where cool air and mist are released into the courtyard
Me with my KENZO iPhone case
Last weekend, MoMA PS1 continued its Warm Up series with a lineup that ranged from hypnotic minimalism to kickdrum drone. Professor Genius opened with a laid-back set as guests sat on the school-house steps and enjoyed lunch from the M.Wells grill. Then, as the sun finally emerged from behind the clouds, Steve Summers raised the tempo, which only increased as Jeremie Delon and Ron Morelli took to the stage. Later on, house veterans Terrence Parker and D3 (“Detroit Trio” Mark Flash, Jon Dixon, DeSean Jones, all members of Underground Resistance) kept the crowd warmed up, with improvised old school boogies and breaks later into the evening.
Saturday’s minimal, instrumental bill was great for the dancefloor but it also provided me the opportunity to take a closer look at WENDY. The winning design of the Young Architects Program (YAP) by HWKN (Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushner) is a shady, misty, and air-neutralizing installation that bridges PS1’s front courtyards. Composed of cobalt-colored nylon fabric, Wendy is suspended in a network of scaffolding that reveals its geometry and allows guests to further understand what spatial effects it has on the PS1 ground. Though Wendy seems confined, it is her cool blasts of air that breach the scaffolding and give the impression that her spiky arms reach as far as the stage. Have a look at the snaps of the performances and Wendy below!