2013-04-05 / Community

Dome Opens With A Bang!

By Dan Guarino


Hundreds filled the MoMA PS1 VW Dome for its official opening on Friday, March 29th. Photos by Laura Deckelman, Denise Laurin-Donatelle, John J. Grillo and Dan Guarino. Hundreds filled the MoMA PS1 VW Dome for its official opening on Friday, March 29th. Photos by Laura Deckelman, Denise Laurin-Donatelle, John J. Grillo and Dan Guarino. The MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) PS1 VW Dome kicked off its official opening in a big way on Friday, March 29th.

Hundreds attended the opening ceremony, including local officials, residents, guests and the media. Among other speakers, Curatorat Large for MoMA and Director of MoMA PS1, Klaus Beisenbach, spoke about the Dome project and its role as a community center point.

A high point of the sunny afternoon event was a special performance by singer, songwriter, poet and Rockaway resident Patti Smith. The packed crowd was clearly moved by her words, music and humor.

The Dome’s opening weekend also saw other special activities.

On March 30th, the Rockaway Artists Alliance staged “RAA Saturday at the Dome.” The well-received event featured performances by more than a dozen musicians and members of the RAA Writers Group.


Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art and Director of the MoMA PS1. Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art and Director of the MoMA PS1. There were also drawing and basket making projects for children and parents. Additionally, visitors were invited to express their feelings and thoughts in words and pictures on a collaborative scroll.

Later filmmakers and idea men Rick Horan and Kevin Boyle set up shop for their “Ideas Wanted” project.

The ongoing project invites the public to step forward to record their innovative ideas on almost any topic.

Horan and Boyle filmed participants sharing their ideas for Rockaway’s revival and the world at large.

The MoMA PS1 VW Dome is located at Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway.

A variety of events, performances, community meetings and workshops for adults and children are planned for the Dome.



Singer, songwriter, poet and Rockaway resident Patti Smith played a special set for the welcoming crowd. Singer, songwriter, poet and Rockaway resident Patti Smith played a special set for the welcoming crowd.

Singer/songwriter Jessica Brown sings for the crowds. Singer/songwriter Jessica Brown sings for the crowds.

Residents, guests, officials, photographers and the media came out for the Rockaway Dome opening. Residents, guests, officials, photographers and the media came out for the Rockaway Dome opening.

RAA Writers Group member Jerry Gillia shares his work an appreciative audience. RAA Writers Group member Jerry Gillia shares his work an appreciative audience.

Parents and kids join RAA board member Sophia Skeans to create colorful tissue paper baskets. Parents and kids join RAA board member Sophia Skeans to create colorful tissue paper baskets.

Two young visitors consider this sculpture under the Dome. The title? “The future iz bigger than history,” by artist Terence Koh. Two young visitors consider this sculpture under the Dome. The title? “The future iz bigger than history,” by artist Terence Koh.

Artist Geoff Rawling captures every performer at the RAA Saturday at The Dome event. He created this painting at the event. Artist Geoff Rawling captures every performer at the RAA Saturday at The Dome event. He created this painting at the event.

Even the young at art thoroughly enjoyed the Saturday event. Even the young at art thoroughly enjoyed the Saturday event.

Filmmakers and idea men Rick Horan and Kevin Boyle announce their ongoing project: Ideas Wanted! Filmmakers and idea men Rick Horan and Kevin Boyle announce their ongoing project: Ideas Wanted!

Horan (left) and Boyle set up shop to record people’s ideas about post-Sandy recovery … and everything else. Horan (left) and Boyle set up shop to record people’s ideas about post-Sandy recovery … and everything else.

Many stopped to add their words, drawings and feelings. Here, Wave cartoonists and local residents, Tom Kerr and Elgin Bolling, express themselves as scroll creator Denise Laurin- Donatelle looks on. Many stopped to add their words, drawings and feelings. Here, Wave cartoonists and local residents, Tom Kerr and Elgin Bolling, express themselves as scroll creator Denise Laurin- Donatelle looks on.

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