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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:

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

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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

12-4:30pm
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.

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

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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.