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Patti Smith Bringing Hurricane-Inspired Bed Exhibit to Rockaway

By Katie Honan | June 12, 2014 4:28pm
 Musician Patti Smith performing at the opening ceremony for the VW Dome in Rockaway Beach last year.
Musician Patti Smith performing at the opening ceremony for the VW Dome in Rockaway Beach last year.
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ROCKAWAY BEACH — The "Rockaway!" festival, which kicks off June 29 with a free Patti Smith concert, has announced its slate of exhibits for the summerlong event series.

Artists Adrián Villar Rojas and Janet Cardiff will have solo projects featured at Fort TIlden, as will Smith, who has a house on the peninsula.

Her large-scale installation, entitled "The Resilience of the Dreamer," is inspired by her experience with Hurricane Sandy, according to MoMA PS 1.

She'll install a four-post bed with white linens that will be exposed to the elements inside an old military hangar.

"The bed will wear down physically, yet remain in place, a symbol of courage and resilience," MoMA PS 1 said.

Cardiff's piece, "The Forty Part Motet," will be on loan from MoMA's Manhattan location and will be installed at Fort Tilden's military chapel.

It's "a spatialized adaptation of a sacred 16th-century motet created by recording each member of a choir individually and giving each voice its own speaker," according to MoMA.

Rojas's piece will be a selection of small sculptures inspired by the nests made by Argentinean birds called horneros. He'll install the nests throughout the fort, and will invite local birds to make a temporary home inside.

Additional art will be displayed at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, which will celebrate "the efforts of the Rockaway community of surfers and artists in rebuilding their neighborhood."

"Rockaway!" is the second exhibit from MoMA PS1 on the peninsula. Last spring, the museum installed the VW Dome 2, at Beach 95th Street in Rockaway Beach, which was a cultural and community center after Hurricane Sandy. 

Both projects are spearheaded by Klaus Biesenbach, the curator of MoMA PS1, who has supported relief efforts in Rockaway after the hurricane. 

The next exhibit is a collaboration between the museum, the Rockaway Artists Alliance, the newly formed Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy and other organizations.