New York

“Greater New York”

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

“Greater New York” sprawls. With two museums, thirty curators, one hundred and forty-nine artists, and neither catalogue nor stated mission, the show obviates usual questions of cohesion and taste. P.S.1 director Alanna Heiss dodges the bullet in the press release: Referring to the show as a “laboratory,” she offers, somewhat vaguely, “The artists reveal what it is to be a New Yorker at the beginning of a new era.” Capturing the contemporary is a paradoxical task complicated here by the fact that P.S.1 is now an affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art (which, as anyone who has visited Fifty-third Street lately knows, is having a tough time with the past, never mind the present). Balancing the young, unknown stars of tomorrow (P.S.1’s arena) with well-established artists (moma territory) raises the stakes, with no clear outcome.

As a result, “Greater New York” resists reviewing. Perhaps the

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