Gus Van Sant and James Franco Take Over at PS1 in August

Speaking of MoMA, as we were in that earlier post, this weekend the museum’s PS1 branch kicked off two celebrity-heavy programs by the same two celebrities. The first is a collaboration between film director Gus Van Sant and actor-turned-everything-else called My Own Private River, which ” is comprised of unused footage and dailies from Van Sant’s 1991 film My Own Private Idaho.” The film reportedly focuses on River Phoenix‘s character and “is more observational and less linear than its original iteration.” The second project is the launch of the month-long Summer School series of master classes, taught by Van Sant, Franco, and media theorist and RISD professor, Francisco J. Ricardo. The classes will run, presumably at least once per week, for the whole of August, and of course its limited slots filled up in mere seconds, so don’t start planning your summer around getting schooled by Franco. Here’s a bit about how the program will function:

Modeled after European summer academies and especially relevant considering that MoMA PS1 is housed in a former school, Summer School makes the museum grounds a campus again with Master Classes taught by contemporary practitioners. The intimate space of the museum provides a setting for candid conversation, experimentation and practice. As a part of the program, students attending the first Master Class will be assigned “homework” for the subsequent sessions, establishing an ongoing, sustained dialogue between teachers and students, institution and visitor.