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New York is the ultimate “second act” city, a place where personal and professional reinvention are not just accepted, they’re downright applauded. But few second acts have been more eagerly anticipated than that of Alanna Heiss, the legendary arts maverick who founded the p.s.1 Contemporary Art Center in a disused Queens public school back in 1976. Over the subsequent three decades, Heiss emerged as one of New York’s, and America’s, most celebrated cultural leaders – credited not just with establishing the city’s contemporary art scene but hel…



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