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the return of P. S. 1

ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO, the venerable New York alternative space P. S. I began to think about a major renovation of its building—a huge, brick, former public school built in the nineteenth century, and improbably located in Long Island City, Queens. Recently, the task became precipitously necessary as the roof was literally caving in—along with the floor of director Alanna Heiss’ office, and myriad other parts of the structure. With the city as the renovation’s major patron (although P. S. I did raise a portion of the $8 million cost on its own), a new, almost “uptown” P. S. I will open to the public on October 29, after a rebuilding hiatus of almost three years.

After arriving at the choice of Los Angeles’ Fred Fisher (who worked with Frank Gehry and has created a number of major gallery spaces) as the renovation project’s architect, P. S. I fell back on its oldest resource—turning negatives

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