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the MoMA/ P.S. 1 merger

“HEY, THAT’S NICE,” quickly followed by “Uh-oh.” So goes the near-unanimous reaction of the art world to the probable merger of the august, hyper-institutional Museum of Modern Art and the capaciously funky P.S. I Contemporary Arts Center. To recapitulate, P.S. I—the recently renovated former public school in Long Island City, Queens, which has been nurtured and kept integrity-intense for more than twenty years by its founder, Alanna Heiss—signed a letter of intent to nestle itself under the protective umbrella of MoMA, that Manhattan bastion of black-tie vernissages and modernist correctness. Though MoMA’s director, Glenn D. Lowry, has indicated that all systems are go—arguing that “by working with P.S. I and its studio program, MoMA’s engagement with contemporary art will be dramatically extended”—at this writing the merger is still not technically set in cement. “We’ll see how it

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