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.
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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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‘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.


Queens College Ranked Second (Nationally) In “Bang for Buck”


From a recent New York Times article:

Looking out over the quadrangle before him as students dashed from one class to the next, James Muyskens was feeling proud one recent afternoon, and why not?

The college he had led for the past 11 years had just been awarded second place in a new ranking of American higher education — ahead of flagship state universities, ahead of elite liberal arts colleges, even ahead of all eight Ivy League universities.

The college is Queens College, a part of the City University of New York with an annual tuition of $5,730, and a view of the Long Island Expressway.

Catering to working-class students, more than half of whom were born in other countries, Queens does not typically find itself at the top of national rankings. Then again, this was not a typical ranking. It was a list of colleges that offer the “best bang for the buck.”

Continue reading on nytimes.com: Lists That Rank Colleges’ Value Are on the Rise.


SPQ Faculty Greg Sholette Showing at the Queens Museum

Greg Sholette: Fifteen Islands for Robert Moses

On view through May 20, 2012 at the Queens Museum of Art

The other Saadiyat Island as imagined by Hana Shams Ahmed, One of fifteen islands fabricated by Greg Sholette based on ideas proposed by invited collaborators, Mixed media (paper, sand, plastic, wire, resin), 2012
The other Saadiyat Island as imagined by Hana Shams Ahmed, One of fifteen islands fabricated by Greg Sholette based on ideas proposed by invited collaborators, Mixed media (paper, sand, plastic, wire, resin), 2012


Fifteen Islands for Robert Moses is a site-specific art infiltration into the Panorama of the City of New York, which was built for the 1964 World’s Fair by urban planner Robert Moses and is now a centerpiece of the Queens Museum of Art. Artist and theorist Greg Sholette made and placed new islands about the Panorama’s waterways, where they exist as silent, post-9/11 observers of the City’s past, present, and future. Modeled in the same style as the Panorama, each island represents Sholette’s interpretation of a question he posed to a group of other artists and art theorists: “If you could add an island to New York City, what would that new landmass be like?” Touching on issues from environmental and economic justice to the overflowing archives of human memory and immigrant’s rights, the new fantasy islands interrupt the familiar geography of the Panorama, subtly haunting a favorite destination for students, tourists, and urban planners. Surrounding the Panorama is a series of posters about the project’s participating collaborators: Hana Shams AhmedBrett BloomLarry BogadMarc Fischer,Aaron Gach/Center for Tactical MagicLibertad GuerraDara GreenwaldMarisa JahnKarl Lorac/Themm!Ann Messner,Ted PurvesRasha SaltiDread Scott and Jenny Polak,Jeffrey Skollerand Nato Thompson. Special thanks go to Matthew F. Greco for graphic assistance.

Fifteen Islands for Robert Moses is supported in part by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, and The Greenwall Foundation. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.