Let’s Keep in Touch: Carmen Papalia & Whitney Mashburn | November 12

Let’s Keep in Touch
Youth Workshop with Carmen Papalia and Whitney Mashburn

Nov 12 2017

What could you learn about a piece of art if you were allowed to walk right up to it and touch it?

Find out at Let’s Keep in Touch and discover the world that opens up when you close your eyes! Join artist and disability activist Carmen Papalia, curator Whitney Mashburn, and the students of Social Practice Queens for a workshop that will change the way you look at art in the museum.

You will learn how to use the different parts of the hand to identify tactile detail and interpret different textures found in nature, sculpture, and the city. Participants are asked to bring a few personal items of varying sizes – like mementos, keepsakes, or toys – that
they enjoy holding and which the group can take turns examining with eyes closed. If you are interested, please contribute a small personal item as part of the workshop to be included in a presentation at the CUE Art Foundation in February of 2018. Organizers will arrange the return of your items once the show comes to a close.

Workshop is free, but please RSVP: socialpracticequeens@gmail.com or visit the Queens
Museum website. www.queensmuseum.org


Carmen Papalia is a Vancouver, British Columbia based social practice artist who makes participatory projects on the topic of access as it relates to public space, the Art institution and visual culture. His work has been featured as part of exhibitions and programming at: The Whitney Museum of American Art, the L.A Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Grand Central Art Center, the Canter Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College, the Portland Art Museum, the Columbus Museum of Art and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Papalia holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and a Master of Fine Arts from Portland State University. He has lectured on his work at the University of Sunderland (UK), the California College of the Arts, Portland State University, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, the University of Michigan, York University, and at Emily Carr University. His recent writings can be found in Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook for Youth (AK Press, 2013); Reference Points: Temporary Services (Publication Studio, 2013); and in the “Museum Experience and Blindness” issue of Disability Studies Quarterly.

Whitney Mashburn is a Boston-based curator. She holds an M.A. in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute, an M.A. in Disability Studies and Counselor Education, and a B.A. in History of Art and Studio Art from Vanderbilt University. She has interned at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts as a curatorial research assistant, is a nationally certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC), and has worked both in disability services offices and as a researcher and editor in art history in Vanderbilt’s Special Collections and Archives and in their History of Art department. Her current research investigates tactile aesthetics, accessibility, and the role of conversation in social practice and institutional critique.

Let’s Keep in Touch was organized by Jeff Kasper (2017 Public Programs Fellow, CUE Art Foundation) and Social Practice Queens (SPQ) as part of Access/Points a new series of public programs on disability and the arts organized by CUE Art Foundation. SPQ is supported in part by Queens College CUNY, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Queens Museum, and Vilcek Foundation.

Image: Carmen Papalia. The Touchy Subject , 2013. Perceptual tour,
dimensions variable. Photo courtesy Filip Wolak.



A Reflection of Resistance | Nov. 14

Social Practice Queens:

A Reflection of Resistance

Join Us for a Performance and Conversation around what this year has been, for Resistance, Art, and Communities.

November 14th, 7pm – 9th

Queens Museum

Studio #9

New York City Building, Corona, NY 11368

rsvp: socialpracticequeens@gmail.com


Beacon of Pluralism at Fall Unity Walk


2017 Fall Unity Walk
Sunday, October 15th 1-5pm

The Beacon of Pluralism project led by SPQ / QC MFA alumni Gina Minielli and Nancy Bruno will be exhibited at the Free Synagogue after Saturday October 8th to celebrate its 100 years during Open House New York. The Free Synagogue will be the starting point of the Fall Unity Walk on October 15.

Upcoming: Photographs from the first Beacon of Pluralism event in January 2017 are to be housed and exhibited at the Flushing Quaker Meeting House. Stay tuned for more information.

City of Gods – Book Talk with R. Scott Hanson


Join Social Practice Queens (SPQ) in welcoming R. Scott Hanson to Queens College October 17th, 6:30-8pm. He will be talking about his research on Religious Diversity and Tolerance in Flushing, Queens.

Event co-organized with “Beacon of Pluralism” a collaborative community project led by SPQ/QC MFA Alumni, Gina Minielli Gunkel and Nancy Bruno. Event supported by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and Vilcek Foundation.

Co-sponsored by The Dean of Social Sciences, the QC Art Department, and QC Urban Studies Department. Refreshments provided by office of the Dean of Social Sciences.


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Presence is Required | Thesis catalog by Alix Camacho

‘Presence is Required’ | A SPQ Thesis catalog by Alix Camacho

Presence is Required includes diagrams, instructions, objects, and situations created by Alix Camacho. The exhibition investigates forms and dynamics produced by bodies in the same physical space. Focusing on elements such as time, balance, height, and body proximity, the artist presents a series of reflections about different types of social assemblies. This show aims to work as a space for participants experiencing and reflecting about their physical interactions with other people and the elements conditioning those interactions.

View it here.

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Artist Talks: New Media Art and Social Practice | Sept 23

Artist Talks: New Media Art and Social Practice

September 23 at 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Lefrak Concert Hall
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Queens, NY 11367

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HG Contemporary Art Center has organized a symposium on New Media and Social Practice in art, featuring artist-professors from Queens College and beyond. Registration is free and includes lectures from the featured artists and a panel discussion. Visit the Symposium Page for more information and a full schedule of events. Registration for the event can be found at this link!

HG Contemporary Art Center, together with the Art Department of Queens College, The City University of New York will be holding an academic symposium with an initiative committed to exploring the ways in which new media artists can initiate projects that engage community participants to foster new forms of public engagement. The theme of the symposium is titled 【New Media Arts and Social Practice】.

The speakers were selected based on their in-depth review of their contributions within the field of socially engaged art, as well as their ability to positively connect with members of the public as collaborators and/or co-creators. These artists / scholars are currently undertaking several projects, respectively, that are socially engaged and are rooted from the various issues observed in their respective communities.

The New Media Arts Symposium will present the following speakers:


Professor Gregory Sholette, Ph.D, artist and professor of Queens College, The City University of New York.


Professor Chloe Bass, MFA, artist and public practioner, assistant professor, Queens College, The City University of New York;

Professor Jonah Bucker-Cohen, Ph.D., artist and assistant professor, Lehman College, The City University of New York; and

Professor Bo Zheng, Ph.D., artist and assistant professor, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.



Home of Practice on view August 19-29th

Home of Practice


‘Building Shared Identities’ at Queens Museum | June 25th

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!

Queens Museum
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368

To register for Collective ExplorAction please contact: nung-hsin@queensmuseum.org

Support for these projects provided generously by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Vilcek Foundation, Queens College CUNY, and Queens Museum.

Schedule of Events:

Floor Grootenhuis
Time: 2-4:30 pm
Throughout the museum, Unisphere Gallery Windows

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
Paula Frisch
Duration: 1:00-4:30pm
Unisphere Gallery
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
Pedro Vintimilla

Unisphere Gallery
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.

Collective ExplorAction
Alix Camacho and Jiemin Yang
Time: 2-4:30 pm
Unisphere Gallery
RSVP required

Email: nung-hsin@queensmuseum.org to RSVP
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

Uno Nam
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.


Art As A Tool for Resistance @ Queens Museum June 11th 1-4:30pm

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Art as a Tool for Resistance

with Social Practice Queens (SPQ)

Jun 11 2017

Resistance Theatre 
Artists: Julian Phillips, Zaid Islam, Floor Grootenhuis

Location: Unisphere gallery
Schedule: 1:30-2:30pm, 3:00-4:00pm

To register, please contact: nung-hsin@queensmuseum.org

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
Duration: 1:00-4:30pm

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.)

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‘Presence is Required’ by Alix Camacho | May 16th

“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.)
Queens College
Klapper Hall 4th Floor
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, New York


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May 5th 6-9pm Closing Reception of [intimate distance] new works by Jeff Kasper (MFA 17)

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 Gallery
Klapper Hall 4th Floor
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, New York

Intersectionality, Art & Activism Panel Discussion | Tuesday 28th March, 6 – 8 pm

Intersectionality, Art & Activism Panel Discussion
Tuesday 28th March, 6 – 8 pm
Klapper Gallery, Klapper Hall 4th Fl
Queens College CUNY

Special guests: 
 . 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
RSVP on facebook:

Beacon of Pluralism brings together faith communities across Flushing


“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:



‘Protecting Our Nature and Our Sacred Land at Oak Flat’ at the Peace Table | 01/29

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.

Further Resources:

Apache Stronghold Website

Petition to save Oak Flat



A Curator Talks Social Practice at Queens College

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.


Queens Residents Remind Trump Where He Comes From

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 Homewas 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.”

Watch the video here!

Read the full article on Hyperallergic!

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Launch event of the Jornaler@ App

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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.

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
Press Conference
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.


Workshop & Artist Talk: Ala Plastica — ‘Rivers As Quiet Dialogues’

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.

Free, RSVP required to preddy@queensmuseum.org

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.


Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art Opening Reception


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.


Nonfiction Workshop with Performer L.M. Bogad | Sept. 24th


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 preddy@queensmuseum.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:

Tactical Performance: The Theory and Practice of Serious Play

Electoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements 

Cointelshow: A Patriot Act (a darkly satirical play about Cointelpro)

Food Chain

‘Dining with Vultures’ On View Until May 28th


2016 Queens College MFA exhibition:
Dining with Vultures
May 15–28, 2016
Gallery open Thu – Sun 12 – 6pm

OPENING: Friday, May 20, 6–9pm

Sideshow Gallery
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.