Five months into Klaus Biesenbach’s directorship of the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, the board of directors that will take the Museum of Modern Art’s kunsthalle in Queens into the post–Alanna Heiss era is taking shape. P.S.1 board chair and former MoMA president Agnes Gund told The Observer that newly appointed members of the board include the artists Laurie Anderson and Paul Chan, Diana Picasso (Pablo’s granddaughter), fashion designer Adam Kimmel, and the art collector Richard Chang.
“We’re looking for younger people who are really ready to commit themselves to being involved with P.S.1 and being satisfied with that, who don’t see MoMA as the place to maybe be on the board of over something like P.S.1,” Ms. Gund said.
She added: “My ambition is to see [P.S.1] come alive again the way it was under Alanna, and really be a place that is a destination for people. It already is for younger people and artists, but we have to really get a more mixed crowd.”
Reached for comment at her studio on Tuesday, Ms. Anderson said that she initially hesitated when Mr. Biesenbach asked her to join the board. “I’m not so good on boards, frankly, because I’m usually out of town on a tour, but I love thinking of what institutions should or could do,” Ms. Anderson said. “I love P.S.1 and I have for several decades. I don’t know what Klaus has in mind for it, but, you know, I think he’s really open to a lot of different things.”
“P.S.1 is really the hotbed in New York for the next generation of artists, and that’s really something I wanted to get involved with,” said Mr. Kimmel. “Klaus has really big shoes to fill with Alana and I think he’s bringing her spirit and his own, and it’s a beautiful thing.”
None of the other new board members, nor Mr. Biesenbach, could be reached for comment yesterday.