21 Nov '17, 11pm

a piece about @PS122 for @DeparturesMag

a piece about @PS122 for @DeparturesMag

In 1977, New York was losing things—population, electricity, schools, patience. In the East Village, Public School 122 had been abandoned. Low attendance and lack of maintenance made it easy for the city to walk away. There were, after all, two other big public schools in the area. But that summer, artists and activists from the neighborhood started walking back into the five-story building at Ninth Street and First Avenue. By 1980, there was a PS122 again, but now the name stood for Painting Space 122 and Performance Space 122. It turned out that the East Village didn’t need more classrooms. The neighborhood needed a place for people to move and to scream and to tell stories that Broadway would never touch. And now for the second time, PS122 is being reborn. After closing in 2011 for renovations, the East Village institution is reopening in a space deftly modernized by ar...

Full article: https://www.departures.com/art-culture/ps122-performance-...

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