Remijon Pronja’s “Someone Made A Choice” is an installation of several fat-covered bags encapsulating found clothing, accompanied by his drawings of beaches in his hometown in Albania. The tension of these bags, reminiscent of haphazardly-made refugee bags, sit akin to drifted bodies with their greasy yellow skins, contrasted by the exaggeratedly colorful and artificial depictions of the Adriatic beach, populated by beachgoers in state of joy and motion. Check out the work of @remijonpronja and 10 other artists’ on view in our Community Partnership Gallery in “Executive (Dis)Order: Art, Displacement, & the Ban”. Tomorrow is the final day to visit before it closes!
"MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS" is coming to the Queens Museum on February 10! Tap the link in our bio to reserve your seats for a free screening of the first ever feature-length portrait of renowned percussionist, pioneer of avant-garde jazz, and #QI2018 exhibiting artist, Milford Graves. Stick around for the post-screening discussion and Q&A featuring Graves and "FULL MANTIS" director and composer @jakemessinameginsky and author Christoph Cox. #QI2018
The Belgian Village at the 1964 World’s Fair was a 17 block complex modeled after a 1700s village in Belgium. The models included canals, houses, a town hall, a reproduction of St. Nicholas church in Antwerp, gift shops and food stands that sold Crepes and, of course, Belgian Waffles. They also had folk dances and a traditional Flemish festival, complete with a Belgian carousel. #WorldsFairWednesdays
Ginseng is a root long valued in China for its associations with energy and longevity. Today, it is embedded in an international network of branding and consumer demand. American ginseng root is believed to have more natural benefits than Asian ginseng and is a popular gift in China, regularly used in Chinese medicine. The American ginseng in this installation is packaged for Chinese consumption but has a “Made in U.S.A” label. Qiren Hu’s work reflects on a growing consumer desire in China for U.S. goods—even those that represent Chinese traditions—and seeks to reexamine the global and economic relationships between the East and the West. #QI2018 ———————————— Image: Qiren Hu, American Ginseng, 2015. Neon signage, laser-sintered polymer, rubber casts, gold paint, velvet boxes, acrylic cases, thread, cotton ribbons, glass jars, cardboard boxes, commercial shelving and display. Courtesy the artist.
“Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas” descends in Queens this Spring! This exhibition brings together contemporary artists from across Latin America with Latinx artists from the United States who have tapped into science fiction’s capacity to imagine new realities, both utopian and dystopian. In the works, which have been created in the last two decades, artists employ the imagery of science fiction to suggest diverse modes of existence and represent “alienating” ways of being in the world. The exhibition offers a groundbreaking account of the intersections among science fiction, techno-culture, and the visual arts. On view April 7-August 18. Visit the link in our bio for details. #mundosalternosqm _______________ Mundos Alternos is organized by UCR ARTS at the University of California, Riverside, and curated by Robb Hernández, Tyler Stallings, and Joanna Szupinska-Myers. The traveling iteration is organized by Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions and Curator at QM and Joanna Szupinska-Myers. ________________ Image: Beatriz Cortez, The Cosmos (Spaceship), 2015. Wood, acrylic mirror, sound installation. Courtesy the artist and Commonwealth and Council.
Gregory Corbino is a queer performing artist, designer, and educator. This is his fifth year producing the Queens Museum’s annual family fundraiser and costume party, #Spooktacular Boneyard Boogie. As an artist educator at the Queens Museum, Gregory has worked with thousands of elementary school students across the five boroughs exposing students to new and fun ways of making and looking at art. His work ranges from large scale installations for dance performances, to small costume pieces. He specializes in larger than life pop-up installations that transform indoor and outdoor spaces using found and recycled materials. His design projects have taken him to Taiwan, the woods of Tennessee, and throughout Europe. @g.corbino has worked within the LGBTQ community, facilitating Mural workshops in Rome with Queer Lab and the Transgender rights organization Libellullia, and recently worked with teens facilitating fashion workshops and embellishment application at the Queens Museum. _________________ * Pictured above is Gregory surrounded by part of the growing Spooktacular set. Visit the link in our bio for tickets.
Do you like to write, talk or think about art? Join us for The People’s Guide to the Queens International Writing Workshop, going down at the @QueensLibrary Central branch this Sat! After months of observing the activity of the Central branch, Jackson Heights-based artist Patrick Killoran developed a site-specific intervention that focuses on the library as a place where the idea of “searching” is embodied. In this spirit, Killoran invites visitors and library users for a unique experience of inquiry. Join People’s Guide organizers, Brian Droitcour and Christine Wong Yap for a discussion on Killoran’s work followed by a writing workshop inspired by our relationships to discovery, community, and knowledge. 🔗 in bio.
@nadia_gohar‘s “Passport Photo (Do’s & Don’ts)” on view as part of “Executive (Dis)Order: Art, Displacement, & the Ban” is a grid of “flawed” passport photos, each conveying one of the “don’ts” for a headshot photo taken for bureaucratic purposes. Inspired by her efforts to gain Canadian citizenship, the artist re-stages the mistakes which could revoke her application, questioning the notions of fear and prejudice embedded in one’s display of national identity and self-fashioning. Stop by our Community Partnership Gallery to check out the exhibit before it closes on Jan. 19. #ClosingSoon
In “A Future Sample from Local Gathering Series”, Essye Klempner makes direct indentations with objects onto rounds of clay. Along with imprints of plants, discarded plastic items collected in Queens and Flushing Meadows Corona Park can also be detected. The ceramic works are flattened images of the urban environment. They are “technofossils” of our society. #essyeklempner ————————————————— Image: Essye Klempner, A Future Sample from Local Gathering Series, 2018. Glazed ceramic. Courtesy of the artist.
After being created at Jonas Studios in Hudson, New York, the nine Sinclair dinosaurs were transported on a barge down the Hudson river to the World’s Fair. Flyers were sent out detailing what time the dinosaurs would be passing each port down the Hudson so New York residents could watch them on their journey into the city. #WorldsFairWednesday
Greg Corbino (@g.corbino) the master craftsman behind the elaborate set for Spooktacular: Boneyard Boogie, is hard at work! On Jan. 26, our annual costume-party family fundraiser transforms our second-floor galleries into spooky NYC streets and graveyard decorated with disco balls and dancing skeletons! Head over to the link in our bio to get your tickets before they sell out.
Parents, are you looking for fun activities to do with your kids this winter break? We’re kicking off our Holiday Workshops for participants, ages 4 and up. Check out our events calendar to see what we have in store.