Shortly after MoMA PS1 opened for the day on Sunday, a few of the first visitors to enter the courtyard at the New York City contemporary art space looked surprised when they turned a corner and stumbled on a small encampment. Four metal-sided trailers were parked underneath a spartan scaffolding structure hung with silvery curtains that reflected the bright early-afternoon sun. Another mobile unit was perched on the structure’s second level opposite a crow's nest-like tower. Below, a group of students hunched over laptops at a long wooden table while others finished pinning up a series of drawings on the courtyard’s high concrete walls.
“Their first question is always, ‘Wait, you guys live here?’” said Catherine Joseph, a second-year M.Arch candidate at Cornell University, explaining a typical interaction with perplexed visitors. And for the moment, the answer is yes.