MoMA PS1’s VW Dome 2 – the temporary cultural center created after Hurricane Sandy left Rockaway Beach severely damaged – opened last Friday with a performance by singer and Rockaways resident Patti Smith. The geodesic dome structure will be up for the next month and is located in a parking lot between Beach 94th and 95th Streets. The opening kicked off a full series of exhibits, lectures and performances centered around rebuilding the storm-ravaged neighborhood.
The dome project is a precursor to the “EXPO 1: New York” exhibit, which will be hosted this May at the museum in Long Island City. The exhibit will explore pertinent issues affecting New York City, including climate change, waterfront sustainability and the environment.
Last month, MoMA called on artists, architects and designers to submit their ideas for rebuilding coastal communities with new ideas for alternative housing, restoration and protection of the city’s shoreline. To garner input and feedback from the local community, editor Kevin Boyle of The Wave and columnist Rick Horan of Ideas Wanted, set up “Open Camera Sessions” within the dome, inviting residents to participate in a conversation about the recovery efforts and needs of the Rockaways.
According to DNAInfo, Boyle stated that many of the suggestions so far include ideas for rebuilding the Rockaways’ beloved boardwalk. The top 25 submitted proposals will be on view next month and the winners will present a series of lectures at the Dome in an effort to engage public debate and commence the rebuilding process.