It’s official. The much-loved Quebecois M. Wells Diner, which closed its Long Island City home last year after a dispute with its landlord, is set to open a “cafeteria-style restaurant” in MoMA PS1 in May of this year, ending months of rumors about the move.
MoMA PS1 director and MoMA chief curator at large Klaus Biesenbach had this to stay in a news release:
“In our growing emphasis on presenting all aspects of contemporary practice, MoMA PS1 is welcoming M. Wells as adding the experience of innovative and excellent food to our offerings of contemporary art, performance, experimental architecture, music, fashion, and design.”
M. Wells proprietors Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis have been serving a small but delicious selection of items at events at the kunsthalle for the past few months.
Awarding two stars to M. Wells, last year Times critic Sam Sifton wrote, “You know those biographies where the great artist first moves to New York, has a cold-water flat in a desolate part of town? We are in that chapter now.”
Just 12 months later, that young artist has caught the eye of an enterprising curator and earned her first show at a premier contemporary art center.