Rockaway! Taking Art to the Beach
August 5, 2016 by
While there are many opportunities to check out installations and galleries in Manhattan, you can turn your favorite beach destination into an art expedition. With shows in local galleries, bars, and the Gateway National Recreation Area, there’s no shortage of visual delight.
MoMA PS1’s installation at Fort Tilden, Rockaway! by artist Katharina Grosse has been drawing unsuspecting spectators and art nerds alike since it opened July 3rd as an effort by the museum to celebrate the ongoing recovery of the Rockaways post-Hurricane Sandy. Melding both landscape painting and sculptural approaches, Grosse’s installation memorializes the dilapidated aquatics building, which is slated for demolition later in the year.
Fort Tilden, though relatively isolated for New Yorkers out there without car access, offers a pleasantly surprising array of culinary options. Riis Park Beach Bazaar offers an option for every palate in their indoor food market, from Ample Hills Creamery to mouth-watering Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue. We opted for a Margherita pizza from Slice of Whit, a sweetly tantalizing pie both of great proportion and flavor.
Sitting at the picnic table in front of Slice of Whit, we watched ominous gray clouds slowly encroach upon the beach. But we were not to be rushed! We savored our pizza and art afterglow thoroughly as the wind picked up. It’s summer, and days off mean vacation. And vacation is for good food, good art, and beach hangs.
Rockaway! is on view through November 30, 2016. Find out more on the installations included in MoMA PS1’s programming in the Rockaways.