Ahh the first day of school. New crayons, new pens (black or blue? oh the decisions of childhood), new Lisa Frank folders with bunny ballerinas or frolicking unicorns. The excitement! The anticipation! The chance for new friends and new adventures! The changing leaves and the fall sweaters and the art projects made out of macaroni, toothpicks, and rapidly developing suburban ennui! For those of us past the fifth grade, it’s hard to capture that early autumn, back-to-school excitement. So, perhaps, it’s time for Summer School.
But not just any summer school! We’re talking about New York’s MoMA PS1: Summer School. For the second time around, the Museum of Modern Art’s summer school series returns for more art education in August. The program, based in MoMA’s PS1 — an actual former public school — is modeled after European summer academies, and allows students to interact with authors, artists, musicians, scholars, theorists, and curators in an intriguing series of workshops, discussions, and lectures. This sh*t is for real, potential scholars; you gotta apply before attending. (Information about the program and admissions is available right here.) So which preeminent artistes can your brain suck the learnin’ juices out of next month? Well, Throbbing Gristle’s own Genesis P-Orridge, for one. According to FACT, P-Orridge’s class is “expected to look with great honesty and openness at the emotional journeys of their life to date and explore the creation of an intimate, personal, magical language.” Famed performance artist Marina Abramović and innovative choreographer Steve Paxton will also teach as part of the series. But take note! The deadline for applications is TODAY, July 20. If you miss out on the chance to apply, don’t cry. The participants of each workshop will give a public presentation on September 9.