Life Between Buildings
Life Between Buildings
Inspired by the history of community gardens in NYC, Life Between Buildings explores how artists have engaged the city’s interstitial spaces—“vacant” lots, sidewalk cracks, traffic islands, and parks, among others.
June 02, 2022 to January 15, 2023
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Exhibition details

Bringing together select archival materials and artworks from the 1970s through the present day, the exhibition looks beyond a history of artists transforming buildings (such as MoMA PS1) to how they have engaged the spaces in between, turning negative spaces into sites for common life: gardens, installations, performances, and gatherings.

Artist list

Artists: Tom Burr (b. 1963), Mel Chin (b. 1951), Danielle De Jesus (b. 1987), Niloufar Emamifar, Becky Howland (b. 1951), David L. Johnson (b. 1993), Gordon Matta-Clark (b. 1943, d. 1978), Margaret Morton (b. 1948, d. 2020), Aki Onda (b. 1967), Poncili Creación (est. 2012), POOL (Performance On One Leg) (est. 1981), Matthew Schrader (b. 1984), jackie sumell (b. 1973) & The Lower Eastside Girls Club (est. 1996), Cecilia Vicuña (b. 1948).


22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

Image: Becky Howland, Tied Grass, 1977. Photograph by Howland of site-specific installation on traffic island bounded by Franklin Street, Varick Street, and West Broadway. Courtesy of the artist and MoMA PS1.