@abuelataughtme, a botanica designed to aid Queer and Trans Black and Brown people in their ancestral healing journey, is hosting an Afro-Taino Two Spirit Medicine Of The Caribbean Workshop at our #Stonewall50 celebration this Saturday. Participants will learn how Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean honor two spirit, queer, and trans community members through their traditions. Link in bio.
The New York State Pavilion, designed by Philip Johnson and Richard Foster with Lev Zetli for the 1964 World’s Fair is still a neighbor to the Queens Museum! It consists of three components, the Tent of Tomorrow, The Observation Towers, and the Theaterama, which is used by the Queens Theater today. #WorldsFairWednesday
For “The Cosmos (Spaceship),” Beatriz Cortez took inspiration from the World’s Fairs of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which promoted futuristic visions of Modernity and showcased Western colonialism. While Cortez’s geometric structure resembles Fair pavilions, the work complicates the dominant narratives presented at these events. Inside of The Cosmos is a recording of Ishi, the legendary last survivor of the Yahi Native American genocide in California. By including Ishi in The Cosmos, Cortez undercuts the shiny versions of Western history and Modernity perpetuated in spectacles like the World’s Fairs. Instead, history is full of alternative narratives—as infinite as the cosmos itself—that are erased or forgotten in the pursuit of “progress.” #MundosAlternosQM is on view all summer! —————————————————— Image: The Cosmos (Spaceship), 2015. Wood, acrylic mirror, sound installation. Courtesy Beatriz Cortez and Commonwealth and Council. Photo by Hai Zhang.
Our #Stonewall50 program on 6/22 kicks off with a glamorous hour of storytime by @dragqueenstoryhour! Led by a drag queen trained by children’s librarians, Drag Queen Story Hour uses picture books and craft activities to teach tolerance, gender diversity, and empathy. Parents with children (ages 3-8) are welcome to join us at 12 pm.
We’re exploring more themes in #MundosAlternosQM in our next Alternatives & Futures program on 6/30. The day will include talks by scholars Lou Cornum, Catherine S. Ramírez, Josh Rios, a screening of Thor Anderson’s “Zapatista Moon,” and the 5th Annual Women in Comics Convention! Learn more via the link in bio.
We asked #AlexandriaSmith to select books that have influenced her and provide context for her exhibition “Monuments to an Effigy” as part of our From the Library Of… program. Check out the resource guide and books during your next visit, which include historical information on the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground and Macedonia A.M.E. Church, source images used in Smith’s work “GloryGlory...,” and poems by Gwendolyn Brooks. Vocalist Liz Gré also selected books that were instrumental in the creation of her sound piece in the gallery “At Council; Found Peace.”
At the scale of 1:1200 (one inch equals one hundred feet), the #Panorama accurately reproduces all 320 square miles of New York City’s five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Most of the approximately 895,000 individual structures are standardized model units made from wood or plastic. 25,000 were custom-made to represent New York City landmarks such as skyscrapers, large factories, colleges, museums, and major churches. The Panorama also includes miniature cars and boats! The tiny airplane landing and taking off at LaGuardia Airport, and the day-to-night lighting cycle were part of the original display and continue to delight our visitors today.
We're a proud partner of the World Pride | Stonewall 50 AIDS Memorial Quilt Display Initiative! In collaboration with LGBTQIA+ community leaders, the Queens Museum is one of many NYC locations that displays the Quilt, the largest known piece of ongoing community art. This component of the Quilt “Block 13” commemorates the lives of David Bailey, John T. Cyrus, Dennis Dew, Jerry Matus, Dennis R. Radabaugh, Willi Smith, Baird Underhill, and Andreas (surname unknown). For the month of June, we stand in solidarity, honoring the grief of those who have lost loved ones to AIDS. On view till June 30, 2019. #Stonewall50
Mark your calendars (6/22) for our #Stonewall50 celebration! Presented as part of a citywide initiative celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, we’re hosting a afternoon of Drag Queen Story Hour, art making, 50 Queer One-Minute Plays, conversations on community building and more. Bring the family and join us as we honor the work of LGBTQ+ activists, advocates, and organizers in Queens 🌈. Link in bio for more info. —————————————————————— The program is organized in partnership with @caribbeanequalityproject, @citing, Lorena Borjas Community Fund, @qchnyc’s Generation Q and Queens Center for Gay Seniors, @queenspridenyc, Queens Theatre and The One-Minute Play Festival