Join Social Practice Queens (SPQ) Sunday, June 25th from 1-4:30 at Queens Museum for a collection of 5 public events, performances and workshops from current MFA students and recent graduates! Take a look below for the line up!
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368
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Support for these projects provided generously by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Vilcek Foundation, Queens College CUNY, and Queens Museum.
Schedule of Events:
Time: 2-4:30 pm
Throughout the museum, Unisphere Gallery Windows
heart2heart, 2017 is an invitation to investigate the gestures we perform naturally when we seek connection. How do we present our bodies to each other to create a space for our differences, express our empathy and mirror our affect? The performance consists of exchanges of gestures in one-to-one conversations with the public. As they are collected by the artist, the gestures will be redrawn on the windows of the Unisphere Gallery forming a temporary archive of connection.
Patches for a Safe Community
Participants unlimited, all ages
The artist will be facilitating a hands-on activity focused on making patches—like the kind someone would attach to a backpack or jacket. This activity stems from her ongoing project titled A Quilt for Now, which includes a patchwork quilt comprised of text responses to surveys. The questions at the core of this project are: What makes you feel safe? What makes you feel threatened? How do these things impact the everyday decisions you make? The patch making activity will explore these questions, with a particular focus on safety. Participants will be prompted to think about what makes them feel safe and to create a personalized patch that speaks to that. Each will receive a blank square patch and access to fabric scraps, glue and fabric markers to create their motif of safety. They may choose to keep their work or contribute it to be sewn into the quilt.
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park’s Sunday Menu
Participants unlimited, all agesThe artist will be walking around the park between 12:00-2:00pm. He will be inviting families throughout the park to participate in Sunday Menu by coloring a paper plate with the names of the food they will be preparing that day. From 3:00-4:30 the plates will be exhibited at the Unisphere Gallery showcasing the many recipes enjoyed by our neighbors, encouraging the public to try new foods at home from a variety of cultures found here in Queens.
Alix Camacho and Jiemin Yang
Time: 2-4:30 pm
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This is an exploratory and collaborative workshop created to encourage people to use different games to communicate and work together to accomplish a common goal. The workshop involves ideas coming from choreography, theater, and community organization. (Comfortable clothing is highly recommended.)
You Don’t Know
Location: Triangle Gallery
Duration: 2:00pm, 3:00pm
You Don’t Know is a sound and visual performance. In this work, Uno Nam considers how collective events reach individuals through personal experiences, provoking the possibility for art to enable encounters with these intimate moments. Through sound and visual devices, the approximately ten minute long performance recreates an immigrant’s experience of the January 2017 Executive Order 13769, titled: ‘Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.’ The performance will amplify the impact of the executive order on the individual, attempting to translate the experience of one to a collective event.
Jun 11 2017
Artists: Julian Phillips, Zaid Islam, Floor Grootenhuis
Location: Unisphere gallery
Schedule: 1:30-2:30pm, 3:00-4:00pm
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During Resistance Theatre participants will have an opportunity to explore the practical and interpersonal facets of protest and authority. First the group will talk about what it is that each participant seeks to resist while creating representative protest signs. As part of this, the group will discuss what is needed to physically resist. After, participants will use their bodies to explore various spacial restrictions that are used during demonstrations and how these restrictions are used to dominate. Finally participants will discuss how to foster resistance to certain authorities both in the larger social as well as personal contexts.
Artists: Alix Camacho Vargas, Jeff Kasper
Location: West-side library corner
DebtBank is a surreal bilingual (Spanish/English) resource desk that sets up shop in various community venues, like museum and libraries, in order to provide a space where the public can ask a question or answer a neighbor’s query about debt. Thought participatory written prompts and video diaries that spark dialogue and collects research. (Website coming soon!) The project aims to: (a) visualize debt as a shared phenomena while illuminating the experiences of all of us; (b) provoke individual understandings of debt and autonomy while searching for creative solutions; (c) foster alternative forms of crowd-sourced resource-sharing about economic equity.
(Artwork courtesy of DebtBank.)
“Presence is Required” includes diagrams, instructions, objects, and situations by Alix Camacho that investigate forms produced by bodies present in a same physical space. Camacho’s works focus on elements such as time, balance, height, and body proximity that are part of different social assemblies.
This event is part of Alix Camacho’s MFA thesis in Art and Social Practice at CUNY, Queens College.
Opening reception: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 (6:00 – 9:00 pm.)
Klapper Hall 4th Floor
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, New York
Join SPQ Friday, May 5 (6-8pm) for a Reception and audio narration of new & ongoing body of videos, text, audio, performance by SPQ student Jeff Kasper (17) investigating the choreography of relationships and pursuit of publicness and physical connection, particularly between men.
Queens College CUNY
Klapper Hall 4th Floor
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, New York
Klapper Hall 4th Floor
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, New York
Intersectionality, Art & Activism Panel Discussion
Tuesday 28th March, 6 – 8 pm
Klapper Gallery, Klapper Hall 4th Fl
Queens College CUNY
. Daisy Bulgarin (Semillas Collective Co-founder)
. Fernanda Espinosa (People´s Collective Arts Member)
. Amin Husain (G.U.L.F., MTL, NYC Solidarity with
Palestina Co-founder and Gulf Labor Coalition Member)
. Kerbie Joseph (ANSWER Coalition and Party for
Socialism & Liberation Organizer)
. Zelene Pineda Suchilt (Political Organizer, Artist Activist & Storyteller)
. Charlie Urichima (Kichwa Hatari Co-founder and NICE
. Lino Wampusrik (NYC Shuar Organization President)
Organized & Moderated by Alejandro Salgado Cendales (MFA ’17)
Sponsored by Social Practice Queens (SPQ)
with support by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
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“There’s a kind of renewal that can happen for people spiritually or through community that can really sustain us in these times,” said Chloe Bass, a visiting professor at Queens College.” (NY1 Flushing)
The Beacon of Pluralism project joins together the diverse cultural, ethnic & religious communities of Flushing, Queens to remember the basic right of religious freedom that Flushing prides itself on. Located in the heart of Flushing, are two historic sites: The Bowne House, former home of John Bowne, a pioneer in the American struggle for religious liberty and the Quaker Meeting House a place of worship for Flushing’s early Dutch settlers. John Bowne and the community joined together to deliver the Flushing Remonstrance to Governor Stuyvesant on December 27, 1657, marking the beginning of religious freedom in America.
The project is led by Gina Minielli Gunkel, a professional social documentary photographer (SPQ class of 2016), and Nancy Bruno, a NYC public school teacher and ceramic sculpture artist (Queens College MFA class of 2017).
The first Beacon of Pluralism event took place in January 2017, just days after Trump’s proposed “Muslim ban.” The event was held at the Flushing Quaker Meeting House which is considered by historians to be the birthplace of religious freedom in the United States. This event was well-attended and received positive reactions form the community. The dialogue ceremony was covered by local news media outlets including NY1 (television), and print & digital editions of the Queens Chronicle (QNS.com) and US China Press.
Read & watch more about the January event:
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Don’t miss ‘Protecting Our Nature and Our Sacred Land: Images of Oak Flat by Standing Fox & Social Practice Queens MFA candidates Floor Grootenhuis, Erin Turner and Uno Nam at the Queens Museum.
Protecting Our Nature and Our Sacred Land at Oak Flat
A Social Practice Queens Discussion at the Peace Table
Jan 29 2017
You are invited to participate in a pertinent conversation on land, protection and culture, that surround the case of Oak Flat, sacred to San Carlos Apache in Arizona.
Oak Flat Campground is located outside of Superior, Arizona in a part of Tonto National Forest and has been protected since 1955 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This area of land is sacred to the San Carlos Apache, and contains more than 2,400 acres of land, wildlife, petroglyphs, sacred spaces, water resources, and lying beneath the surface, a copper deposit thought to be the largest in the hemisphere. Through a controversial land-swap presented in an unrelated 2015 National Defense Bill by John McCain, this land-swap would allow Resolution Copper (a joint venture by Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton) to develop a block cave mine which as perceived would create a 2-mile wide crater.
Convening at Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ Peace Table, Social Practice Queens invites Mr. Wendlser Nosie Sr. (pictured above), former chairman of the San Carlos Apache Reservation, and Standing Fox, Apache Stronghold member, Bedonkohe Apache photographer and artist to lead a conversation about the current situation at Oak Flat including the repeal of the Defense Bill, the protection of sacred spaces, mining contamination in important riparian habitats, and the importance of environmental stewardship.
We are incredibly honored to have this conversation in Queens to support the San Carlos Apache tribe’s vision in “creating environments that ensure the greatest opportunity to succeed, and to become self-sufficient for Indigenous and all communities.”
This conversation will be accompanied by photography and video by Standing Fox, and current SPQ MFA candidates Floor Grootenhuis, and Erin Turner.
The event has been generously supported by Queens College CUNY, Queens Museum and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.
Petition to save Oak Flat
Located about an hour outside of the usual New York City art hubs, Queens College has long been renowned for its studio-based Social Practice MFA program with current and former professors including artist Chloë Bass, Vito Acconci, Maureen Connor, and Judith Bernstein.
After having been given the opportunity to curate an all-female show in the student gallery, I was stunned by the variety of available media at the facility, including a woodshop and a bronze-casting studio. Material Archive (April 2016) aims to present the viewer with diversity in materiality while also offering an investigation of the notion of the artwork as a vessel of personal, historical and cultural memory.
Read more on ArtReport.
Sunday November 20th, an oversized mailbox was installed in Jackson Heights’ Diversity Plaza, an invitation to Queens residents to send postcards to President-elect Donald Trump. The action, called Letters from Home, was organized by the Center for Artistic Activism as the culmination of its Arts Action Academy at the Queens Museum with SPQ alumni Sol Aramendi and current MFA Alix Camacho.
“We realized something about Queens, that it’s one of the most ethnically diverse places on Earth and it’s the [childhood] home of Donald Trump,” Stephen Duncombe, co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism, told Hyperallergic. “Here’s this person who’s talking about making America ‘great again,’ but of course the America that he came from is one of the most diverse places on Earth.”
Read the full article on Hyperallergic!
SPQ alumni Sol Aramendi invites you to the launch event of the Jornaler@ App this coming Monday. This long term project was possible by the collaboration of many people, organizations and agencies. Will be great to have you there.
Now, with the new administration fast approaching, workers across the country are wondering how they can defend themselves against the regressive labor policies to come. For jornaleros, attempts to devalue their labor have been constant. Every day they face the threat of going without pay, being paid less than the minimum wage, or being subjected to workplace dangers outside of their control. Fighting back has never been optional.
Launch of Jornaler@ App
That’s why over two years ago day labor centers in New York started creating a new tool in the struggle to end worker exploitation.
We are launching Jornaler@ App with a press conference on Monday, November 21, from 11:00 am -12:00 PM.
Launch of Jornaler@ App
11:00am – 12:00am
69th Street and 37th Ave in Queens, NY
(3 blocks from the 69 street stop of the 7 train and 4 blocks from 74 Roosevelt E, R, M, F, 7)
Hosted by New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), there will be a light breakfast, a brief walkthrough of Jornaler@ given by day laborers from NICE with artist Sol Aramendi that were closely involved with the design process, remarks by the Executive Director of NICE Manuel Castro, by Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) Pablo Alvarado, President Kenneth Rigmaiden of the Painters Union, President Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO and other invited guests.
Rivers as “Quiet Dialogues” and Other Environmental Perspectives of Ala Plástica
Open A.I.R. Artist Services Talk and Workshop
Oct 16 2016
—En Español abajo—
Ala Plástica is an art and environmental organization based in Río de la Plata, Argentina that works on the rhizomatic linking of ecological, social, and artistic methodology, combining direct interventions and precisely defined concepts to a parallel universe without giving up the symbolic potential of art. They are concerned with relating the artist’s way of thinking and working with the development of projects in the social and environmental realm. Since 1991 Ala Plástica has developed a range of non-conventional artworks, focused on local and regional problems, and in close contact and collaboration with other artists, scientists and environmental groups. Ala Plástica works bio-regionally, within Argentina, as well as internationally in relationship to other transformative arts practitioners.
The lecture by Alejandro Meitin, co-founder of the collective, explores a number of critical transdisciplinary initiatives carried out by Ala Plástica that in their very constitution and process of development integrate an artistic way of thinking and working related to art and the environment in the Rio de la Plata Basin and internationally. These initiatives comprise communicative strategies and actions connected to social contexts that sharply contrast with modernist ideologies of art’s neutrality. The initiatives not only operate amidst the art world’s discursive assumptions, institutional contexts, and publics but also engage with the discourses of both art and activism, opening up possibilities for aesthetics to transcend its disciplinary confines and operative orbits.
These references would help participants understand how artists can constructively engage with community-based economies involving craft work, subsistence farming, forestry and many other activities which today can benefit from specialized knowledge and innovative techniques. The lecture would seek to transmit a holistic approach to the challenges and struggles of a constantly changing world, in such a way that participants can recognize their own opportunities and responsibilities.
The lecture will conclude with a short field methods workshop in which participants will walk to the Flushing River and collect visual and sonic data on their phones which will be collaged together as a group project.
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Please note this event will have simultaneous interpretation for Spanish and English speakers.
About Alejandro Meitin:
Artist, lawyer and founding member of the art collective Ala Plastica (1991 – Current) based in the city of La Plata, Argentina. Additionally, Alejandro Meitin has participated in the research, development and implementation of many collaborative art practices, working with residents, youth, farmers, artists, activists, architects, landscape architects, local authorities and pollution control experts. He has collaborated with regional, national and making proposals on international rivers and water resources systems and conducted exhibitions, teaching, residencies, publications, given lectures and conferences in Latin America, North America and Europe.
Ala Plástica, es una organización artístico-ambiental que desarrolla su actividad principalmente en el área del Estuario del Río de la Plata (Argentina). Desde 1991, Ala Plástica ha llevado a cabo una serie de iniciativas artísticas no convencionales a escala bioregional. Sus miembros y colaboradores provienen de saberes diversos, cambiando la conformación del colectivo según los proyectos desarrollados. Éstos reúnen una trama compleja de intervenciones que articulan al mismo tiempo ecología, sostenibilidad, trabajos en red, producción de conocimiento, recuperación de economías locales y entramados sociales, partiendo de modelos de expansión rizomática e investigación participativa.
En su presentación Alejandro Meitin, co-fundador del colectivo, explorará una serie de iniciativas transdisciplinarias de urbanismo crítico llevadas adelante por Ala Plástica las que en su propia constitución y proceso de desarrollo integran la manera artística de pensamiento y acción a partir de la relacion entre arte y medio ambiente en el área de la cuenca del Río de la Plata e internacionalmente. Estas iniciativas comprenden estrategias dialógicas y acciones relacionadas con los contextos sociales que contrastan con las ideologías modernistas de neutralidad del arte ya que no sólo operan entre los contextos institucionales y públicos propios del mundo del arte, sino que vinculan críticamente arte y activismo, abriendo la posibilidad para que la estética trascienda sus límites disciplinarios y ámbitos operativos.
Estas referencias ayudaran a los participantes a entender cómo los artistas pueden comprometerse críticamente en los ámbitos de la producción económicay también cómo pueden participar de manera constructiva en economías basadas en la comunidad que implican trabajo artesanal, agricultura urbana, silvicultura y muchas otras actividades que hoy en día pueden beneficiarse de los conocimientos especializados y técnicas innovadoras. La presentación tratará de transmitir un enfoque holístico de los desafíos y las luchas de un mundo en constante cambio, de tal manera que los participantes puedan reconocer sus propias oportunidades y responsabilidades.
Sobre Alejandro Meitin:
Artista, abogado, y miembro fundador del colectivo artístico ambiental Ala Plástica (1991 – hasta el presente) con base en la ciudad de La Plata, Argentina. Ha participado en la investigación, elaboración y ejecución de prácticas artísticas colaborativas, trabajando en conjunto con pobladores, productores rurales, artistas, activistas, arquitectos, paisajistas, autoridades locales y expertos en control de contaminación, colaborando con entidades regionales, nacionales e internacionales a partir de propuestas bioregionales sobre ríos, sistemas y recursos acuáticos y ha realizado exhibiciones, residencias, publicaciones, dictado cursos y conferencias, en América Latina, Norte América y Europa.
We are incredible excited for the Opening Reception of Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art at Queens Museum. Over the Winter and Spring several SPQ MFA students worked with museum Community Engagement and Curatorial staff on Ukeles’ upcoming programming around questions of the role of artists in city agencies and sustainability, to name a few. Check out the upcoming events here.
|Since the late 1960s, Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ performances, sculptural installations, and writing have explored issues profoundly important today: the role of women in society, cultures of work and labor, and the environment. Her Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969! laid out the hidden, yet essential role of maintenance in Western society—and the radical implications of actively valuing rather than dismissing or hiding it.Join us for the opening reception for the first survey of Ukeles’ work. The show spans five decades, from Ukeles’ work as a pioneer of feminist performance to a practitioner of public art through which she invites us to reconsider indispensable urban systems and the workers who maintain them. Ukeles is undoubtedly best-known for her 38+ year role as the official, unsalaried Artist-in-Residence at New York’s Department of Sanitation. Unprecedented when it began in 1978, this residency has now become a model for municipalities engaging with artists as creative agents.
All current and former Department of Sanitation NY employees and their families admitted free throughout the run of the exhibition.
Schedule of Events
3:30pm: The day kicks off as The Social Mirror, a mirror-clad Sanitation truck, encircles the Unisphere with a procession of sanitation workers.
4pm: Touch Sanitation Performance, 1979-1980, is seen and heard anew in the Panorama of the City of New York. Join curator Larissa Harris and Ukeles as they introduce Ten Sweeps Light Path, 2016 and Trax for Trux and Barges II, 1984/2016.
5pm: Remarks by Executive Director Laura Raicovich, NYC Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles, in the Main Atrium.
5:30pm: Join Queens Museum staff at Peace Table, 1997, to learn how to participate in upcoming dialogues on key aspects of Ukeles’ work, including artists embedded in city agencies, the future of garbage in NYC, diverse explorations on the subject of peace, human agency in changing the world, and how care and service work scales from family to city to planet.
Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art is organized by the Queens Museum and curated by Queens Museum Curator Larissa Harris with guest curator Patricia C. Phillips, who initiated the project in 2012.
Free shuttle service will run in a continuous loop from under the CitiField/Mets-Willets Point 7 Train Station and the Museum from 2:30-6:30pm.
Queens Museum and Social Practice Queens (SPQ) is hosting a free hands-on Nonfiction Performance Workshop with L.M Bogad on Sat., September 24, 2016 from 2:00pm—4:00pm
All students, artists, and friends are welcome! Please let me know if you plan on attending by Thursday, September 22nd. Free but RSVP requested to firstname.lastname@example.org
L. M. Bogad is an author, performer, and the founding Director of the Center for Tactical Performance, based in Berkeley, California. Bogad writes, performs, and strategizes with mischievous artists such as the Yes Men, Agit-Pop, and La Pocha Nostra. He is a veteran of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Laboratory, and a co-founder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army.
Participants must bring nonfictional texts they want to work with in performance–ideally archival government texts, but others would do. Bring more than one document on the same topic, perhaps from different perspectives.
This is a practical performance workshop class, emphasizing the creation of original performances based on non-fictional texts. These can range from government documents, newspaper articles, historical primary sources, eyewitness accounts, lists of chemical ingredients, instructional manuals, etc. Students should choose a subject matter that ignites their passion/anger/sense of humor.
New Books by L.M. Bogad:
Check out the new web archive of Queens College public art collection, past and present—including figures like Vito Acconci as well as students and alumni of the university.
Designed by Jocy Meneses, Queens College Graphic Design Student
as part of Sculpture Professor Tyronne Mitchell’s course in Public Art
2016 Queens College MFA exhibition:
Dining with Vultures
May 15–28, 2016
Gallery open Thu – Sun 12 – 6pm
OPENING: Friday, May 20, 6–9pm
319 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, New York
Curated by Sarah Fritchey
Queens College MFA in Studio Art, City University of New York (CUNY), is pleased to announce Dining with Vultures, an ecologically-minded exhibition that contemplates art school as an ecosystem of scavenged thinking, gregarious collaboration, intergenerational slaughter and material transformation. The show features recent work of 21 emerging artists from nine countries, currently enrolled in the MFA and Social Practice Queens programs.
This exhibition is fascinated with the eating habits of urban vultures who remove death and decay from city spaces as they feast. The show highlights five behaviors characteristic of the vulture that the exhibiting artists share, including an ever-present resourcefulness, an ability to transform death into new forms, an openness to working collaboratively, a propensity to look long and work slow, and an attraction to consuming marginalized material.
In addition to works created during their time at Queens College, the artists will present new works produced specifically for the show that scavenge material from the cutting blocks, trash bins, laptops, and floors of each other’s studios. This assignment was conceived by Curator Sarah Fritchey, who will present the results as a Food Web that charts lines of production, consumption, and material concern.
Featured artists: Ghazaleh Abbasnazari, Tabitha St Cyr, Scott Braun, Nancy Bruno, Alejandro Salgado Cendales, Alix Camacho, Amy Cheng, Arber Dabaj, Eliesha Grant, Floor Grootenhuis & Setare S. Arashloo, Effisleeps, Zaid Islam, Jeff Kasper, Maria K. Karlberg-Levin, Alan Lien, Jenna Makuh, Raina Marie Panagiotopoulos, Gina Minielli, Nicole Mouriño, Uno Nam, and Erin Turner
*Image above: Alan Lien (MFA Sculpture ’16), older than Caligula but not quite there, 2016. Found hardware, cement, aluminum pipe, aluminum chain, artificial grapes, dimensions variable. Photo: Gina Minielli. Courtesy of the artist.
The Queens College Department of Art welcomed Tomie Arai for a guest lecture at the Godwin Ternbach Museum Thursday, April 21st, 12 to 2pm.
Arai is public artist who lives and works in NYC. She has designed both temporary and permanent public works of art for Creative Time, the US General Services Administration Art in Architecture Program, the NYC PerCent for Art Program, the Cambridge Arts Council, the MTA Arts for Transit Program, the New York City Board of Education and the San Francisco Arts Commission. She is a 2016 A Blade of Grass Fellow for Socially-Engaged Art. About her process Arai says “Through the use of family stories, shared memories, and archival photographs, I construct pages of ‘living history’ that reflect the layered and complex narratives that give meaning to the places we live in.” Learn more about the artist here: http://tomiearai.com
Event sponsored by Professor Mitchell.
Stay-tuned for a recording of the lecture.
The Queens Museum’s Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program and the Social Practice Queens MFA Concentration at Queens College invite you to join artist Dread Scott for a presentation and discussion of their work.
Location: Queens College, Klapper Hall, Fine Arts Department Room 672 on the 6th floor.
About Dread Scott
Dread Scott is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is exhibited across the US and internationally. For three decades he has made work that encourages viewers to re-examine cohering norms of American society. In 1989, the entire US Senate denounced and outlawed one of his artworks and President Bush declared it “disgraceful” because of its use of the American flag. His art has been exhibited/performed at MoMA/PS1, Pori Art Museum (Finland), BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) and galleries and street corners across the country. He is a recipient of grants form Creative Capital Foundation and the Pollock Krasner Foundation and his work is included in the collection of the Whitney Museum.
About Social Practice Queens
Social Practice Queens (SPQ) is a unique MFA concentration bringing together the resources of an academic research institution, Queens College (City University of New York: CUNY), with the long-standing community-based activism of the Queens Museum. The new MFA concentration in social practice integrates studio work with social, tactical, interventionist and cooperative forms. SPQ’s goal is to initiate interdisciplinary projects with real world outcomes rooted in CUNY’s rigorous departmental offerings (e.g.: urban studies, environmental science, public policy, experimental pedagogy, social theory) in tandem with the Queens Museum’s ongoing community-based activities.
About Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program
Open A.I.R. draws on the Queens Museum’s resources, staff expertise, and networks to provide workshops and lectures that help artists grow their practice, advance their career, and develop sustainable lives as artists. Given the Museum’s commitment to socially-engaged art that crosses sectors, as well as attention to its role in neighboring communities, Open A.I.R. works to expand the notion of who is an artist and, moreover, utilizes a holistic view of how to support their potential to thrive and contribute to the cultural landscape of Queens and New York City more broadly. Tailored to artists in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx, Open A.I.R. prioritizes the needs of artists of color, queer artists, and immigrant artists, facilitating conversations where art meets activism, and organizing experiences that bring together artists and non-artists.
Open A.I.R. is made possible by a generous grant from The Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Image: On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide, Performance still 1, 2014. Pigment print, 22 x 30 in. Project produced by More Art. © Dread Scott. (Photo: Mark Von Holden Photography. © Dread Scott)
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Maureen Connor, Professor Emeritus and co-founder of the social practice program at Queens College, was featured in The New York Times, introducing SPQ and the rise of social practice and collaborative art in academic programs: “We try to teach collaboration,” … “Most artists haven’t had the opportunity to work collaboratively, and many of them find it difficult at first to work that way. For so many years, they have been encouraged to work on their own and in competition with others.”
Read more here: Social Practice Degrees Take Art to the Communal Level
SPQ Alumni Barrie Cline (’14) and the Workers Art Coalition (WAC) traveled to the International Federation of Workers’ Education Associations 22nd General Conference: Solidarity or Precarity? The Role of Workers Education in building the 21st Century global labor movement.
They recieved a grant the Van Arsdale Center and presentated on WAC projects to date proposing collaboration workers public art project in concert with the International Labor Organizations centennial in 2019. Plumbers built a preliminary pvc structure which Jaime Lopez customized and lit up for the purposes of framing a street theatre project that Namrata Bali of the Self Employed Women’s Association in India, collaboratively created with conference participants from all over the world. Stay tuned for updates on future collaborations.
more about Workers Art Coalition.
Sol Aramendi, 2015 A Blade of Grass Fellow, and SPQ alumni, is developing a “Wage Theft app” as a result of a joint effort between artists, day laborers, community organizers and lawyers.
The Spanish-language platform for Android and iPhones came to be after five sessions in which day laborers gave ideas for a digital resource that would accommodate their needs. The app, which will cost $10,000 to design, will be developed by Cornell University and should be out in September.
Read more here.
José Serrano-McClain (SPQ ’15) is now an Adjunct Professor at the New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in the Department of Art and Art Professions teaching a course titled ‘Contemporary Art and Community Partnerships’, one of 3 core courses for the new MA in Art, Education, and Community Practice. In addition Serrano-McClain is teaching in the new MFA in Community Practice at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia.
Learn more about the artist and community organizer here.
SPQ is excited to have Dr. Tello visit SPQ this fall! She is the Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow National Institute for Experimental Arts, at UNSW AUSTRALIA.
Veronica Tello completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2013. Her research broadly focuses on the intersections of contemporary art and politics. Her forthcoming book Counter-Memorial Aesthetics: Contemporary Art and Refugee Histories (Radical Aesthetics Radical Art series, Bloomsbury) analyses how contemporary artists have adopted experimental methods for memorialising recent refugee flows spanning Cuba–America, Middle-East–Australia and Africa–Europe.
Her current research examines contemporary art at the intersection of social practice, public art and institutional critique in the work of artists such as Tania Bruguera, Ahmet Ögüt, Renzo Martens and Jonas Staal. It traces the development of experimenal social institutions led by these artists in diverse regions including the Congo, Syria, Germany and the US amidst global crises including conflict, refugee flows and the uneven distribution of capital.
Veronica’s work has been widely published in national and international journals, most recently in Third Text, Afterall and Contemporaneity. Other publications include essays in Phaidon’s Vitamin D2 and Vitamin P2 monographs, as well as catalogue essays for numerous Australian artists in the areas of performance art, video art, photography and installation