P.S.1 was founded in 1971 by Alanna Heiss as The Institute of Art and Urban Resources Inc., and was primarily dedicated to the transformation of abandoned and underutilized buildings in New York City into exhibition, performance, and studio spaces for artists.
Today, P.S.1 operates two internationally acclaimed spaces for contemporary art: P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, the huge, hundred-room museum in Long Island City, and the legendary Clocktower Gallery in Lower Manhattan, which is perched on the 13th floor of an old city building, contains 6 production studios and houses the headquarters of Art Radio WPS1.org broadcasting.
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art, is one of the oldest and largest non-profit arts centers in the United States solely devoted to contemporary art.
Recognized as a defining force of the alternative space movement, P.S.1 stands out from other major arts institutions through its cutting-edge approach to exhibitions and direct involvement of artists within a scholarly framework. P.S.1 acts as an intermediary between artist and audience.
Functioning as a living and active meeting place for the general public, P.S.1 is a catalyst for ideas, discourses and new trends in contemporary art.