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The New York Five

The people to see at P.S.1.


“Greater New York,” MoMA P.S. 1’s third quinquennial showcase of our city’s contemporary-art world, is every bit the hodgepodge it should be. Some 68 local artists and collectives working in every imaginable medium take over the museum come May 23, and many of them are sticking around to produce new work within the building itself. Here are five we’ll still be talking about by the time the 2015 iteration rolls around.

Media: Video, installation, works on paper.
Lives/Works in: Bed-Stuy.
What You’ll See: While wrapping up her MFA at Bard in 2009, Leventhal took on a disciplined project: Shoot six minutes of footage per day, and cut it into a non-narrative film. Part one, 54 Days This Winter 36 Days This Spring for 18 Minutes, is her major contribution to “Greater New York,” and it’s a lyrical collage of friends, family, and found phenomena, from an uncomfortably tight shot of the artist’s infant niece bursting into tears to a rooster pecking violently at some Styrofoam. Says Leventhal, “It’s the everyday made sort of special.”

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