Deepãvali or Diwali, one of India’s biggest festive seasons known as the Hindu Festival of Lights, celebrates a spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. This past weekend we celebrated the festival with a day of lamp making workshops, dance performances, and more. Thanks to everyone who joined us and our friends at the Hindu Temple!
Celebrate the launch of the “Queens International 2018: Volumes” catalogue and the opening day of the exhibition’s Queens Library branch installations tomorrow at @Terraza7 in Jackson Heights at our evening reception. The evening will also feature special performance by @zenizenzenizen with a DJ set by @heladonegro!
After months of observing the activity of the @queenslibrary Central branch, Jackson Heights-based artist Patrick Kiloran has developed a project that focuses on the library as a place where social interaction produces knowledge and where the idea of "searching" is embodied. In this spirit, Killoran invites visitors and library users for an experience of discovery and inquiry. Link in bio to join us for this Saturday’s opening! ___________________________ Registration for free shuttle bus service between library branches is available. Space is limited so email Lindsey Berfond at Lberfond@queensmuseum.org to reserve your seat today!
Anyone can be an art critic! The People’s Guide to the Queens International is a project by art critic @briandroitcour and artist @christinewongyap that invites museum visitors and library users to share their responses to the Queens International. Visitors to the exhibition, including the installations in branches of the Queens Library, can submit their responses through forms at each site and online, or participate in one of seven writing workshops facilitated by The People’s Guide. The project is aimed at fostering an atmosphere of generosity, inclusivity, and lively dialogue, with the responses becoming part of the exhibition itself. Head over to the link in our bio to join us for #QI2018 Opening Day for the Queens Library Branch Installations.
Sending a warm welcome to Sally Tallant who is the Queens Museum’s new President and Executive Director! Sally, who is currently the Artistic Director and CEO of the @liverpoolbiennial, will be joining us in the spring of 2019. _______________________ Photo: Hugo Glendinning
The 4th Annual Ecuadorian Film Festival is making its way to Queens this weekend. Presented by Maravilla, the New York-based organization dedicated to raising awareness of Latin America through films and the arts, this festival showcases the burgeoning film industry of Ecuador. Catch ‘Manuela,’ ‘Capitan Escudo,‘ ‘52 segundos,’ ‘Agujero Negroor,’ and ‘Contragolpe’! This event is free and open to the public. For more info, visit the link in our bio.
Walt Disney and the Imagineers were approached to create four attractions for the 1964 World’s Fair, including an early incarnation of the famous “It’s A Small World” ride. This boat ride, sponsored by @pepsi on behalf of @unicef, featured over 100 countries with child-like animatronics designed by Mary Blair, singing the theme song composed by Richard and Robert Sherman. #WorldsFairWednesday
“During the past four years and over the course of my many moves around New York and New Haven, I’ve found myself scouring local dollar stores in search of affordable fragments of home,” says @camillehoffmanstudio , #QI2018 artist. “The nostalgia of printed plastics that permeated the landscape of my cross-cultural childhood and continue to pervade the needs of my daily living. My identification with and dependency on these materials are inextricably linked to my memories of growing up in a working-class home, while at a larger environmental scale, threaten the very water and land upon which my life depends. Living in midst of this social and environmental contradiction, my collage practice has become a ceremony of reconfiguration and critical reflection on the themes of diaspora, domesticity and disposability. In this regard, I think about volumes as both an accumulation of disparate and layered narratives, both personal and collective, and the way in which these narratives materially amount to mass.”
Happy 114th birthday to the New York City subway system! Can you imagine the congestion on the subway and the streets if we had an airport stretching over 40 blocks of the Hudson River and into Midtown Manhattan? #NeverBuiltNY
Through a partnership with the @queenslibrary, “Queens International 2018: Volumes” marks the first time that Queens International will have a presence outside of QM, with artworks installed in three QL branches: LeFrak, Flushing and Central. Join us on Nov. 10 for the opening day as we visit Mo Kong’s work in Flushing; Paolo Javier and musician David Mason in LeFrak, and Patrick Killoran in Central. Tap the link in our bio to learn more. #QI2018
In Gabriela Salazar’s “Hook Crook, Fair Foul,” thin sculptures are balanced on wall-mounted hooks. Made from plasticine, a clay-like material that never completely hardens, the forms suggest walking staffs or hand railings—objects that usually provide support. But, they also resemble police batons—objects associated with the use of force. Rather than stable and accommodating, the rails are unreliable and precarious. In presenting this contradiction, Salazar balances ideas of support and assistance with risk and vulnerability. #QI2018