Queens College Art Center
Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, 6th Floor

2000-2001 Art Center Exhibitions
1999-2000 Art Center Exhibitions
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2001-2002 Art Center Exhibitions
Cuba in Black & White, Photographs

Curated by Jerald R. Green
Spanish and Latin American Art

September 5 - October 25, 2001
Reception: Tuesday, September 25, 2001 5:00-7:00 pm

The Queens College Art Center and Spanish and Latin American Art at Queens College is pleased to present the exhibition Cuba in Black & White. Photographs by Deborah Harse. The exhibit opens to the public on September 5, 2001 and it may be visited until October 26, 2001. A reception for the photographer is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the Art Center (sixth floor of the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library). Ms. Harse will give an informal gallery talk on her Cuban black-and-white images at :00 pm. The exhibit is curated by Jerald R. Green.

Deborah Harse is a graduate (Music, 1979) of Queens College. She has studied photography at New York’s International Center of Photography. In the summer of 1991 she was a participant at the famed Maine Photographic Workshop where she studied with National Geographic staff photographer Steve Raymer.

Deborah Harse has made five photographic expeditions to Cuba since 1991 and she exhibited her photographs for the first time in 1999. In June 2000 she exhibited her Cuban images in a group show at New York’s respected—but little-known—Center for Cuban Studies. Most recently, she exhibited her Cuban photographs at the Miami-Dade Public Library.

Ms. Harse’s photographs have appeared in numerous publications and she has been interviewed frequently. The photographer has traveled by bicycle in 35 countries throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North Africa from 1981 – 1995.

Works on paper

November 1- December 21, 2001
Reception: Thursday, November 1, 2001 5:00-7:00 pm


The Queens College Art Center, located on the 6th floor of the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, is pleased to present the artwork of Italian artist and poet Fulvio Testa. Entitled, “Fulvio Testa: Works on Paper,” the exhibit will run from November 1st to December 21st, 2001. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the European Languages and Literatures Department at Queens College.

The exhibit will feature Fulvio Testa’s works on paper, mainly landscape watercolors and drawings, executed over a period of several years.

Gerrit Henry of ARTNews describes Testa’s small, brushy watercolors as “sharing something in sensibility with Asian calligraphy and its simultaneous breadth and brevity of statement, yet …(their)… truest influence would seem to be early 20th-centry modernism.”

Valerie Gladstone of ARTNews has said of his work: “With muted earth shades, watercolorist Fulvio Testa conjures up subtle but complicated landscapes. Here hills become a tenuous point of demarcation between sky and endless plains. The single dark line sweeping across most of these canvases, grounds the paintings and announces the hand of the artist in the midst of what appears an eternity of shade and light.”

Fulvio Testa was born in Verona Italy, in 1947. He studied architecture in Florence and Venice and started his artistic career in 1971 illustrating and writing children’s books. Many of these have been published in the United States.

The artist, who shares his time between New York City and Verona, has, since 1976, exhibited in many galleries and museums in Europe and America, including those in Paris, Rome, Berlin, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Mexico City.

Testa’s artworks are part of several major public collections, including those of The Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library.

Art Center hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 10am to 8 pm, and Fridays, 12 noon to 5 pm. The Center will be closed on November 22nd and 23d. There will be an artist’s reception on Thursday, November 1st, from 5 to 7 pm. The public is cordially invited.

For more information, please call 997-3770 or the ARTS hotline at 997-ARTS.

Artists of Chinese Descent and New York (group show)


Curated by Jennifer Keane, Creatures for Culture, New York

February 4 - March 22, 2002
Reception: Thursday, February 7, 2002 
5:00-8:00 pm
Gallery talk: Thursday, February 7,2002 
7:00 pm

As part of the 2001-2002 season, the Queens College Art Center will host a group exhibition titled Perspectives: Artists of Chinese Descent and New York from February 4 to March 22, 2002 curated by Jennifer Keane of Creatures for Culture. This exhibition includes thirteen artists of Chinese descent who live and work in New York. The artists included are: China Blue, Patty Chang, Ken Chu, Ming Fay, Arlan Huang, Wennie Huang, Su-Li Hung, Alexander Ku, Nina Kuo, Corky Lee, Carol Sun, Mary Ting, and Tai Lam Wong. These artists create a visual language exploring culture, heritage, and a multiplicity of identities and perspectives through a variety of media ranging from painting to sculpture to mixed media installation. Complex issues of identity and inclusion and exclusion, as well as many other issues of what it means to be a Chinese American will come to the forefront and allow for dialogue among people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Creatures for Culture is a non-profit arts organization with a mission to bring contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds, various genres, and media to the foreground. Through the use of exhibitions, exhibition catalogs, forums, and other educational programs, Creatures for Culture seeks to create more accessibility among the public, students, artists, and arts professionals in order to provide a greater understanding of and appreciation for contemporary art and artists. Thus, an exhibition like Perspectives works towards new understandings and new conceptions of multicultural identities and allows artists who are often overlooked to become more widely known.

There will be an opening reception on February 7, 2002 from 5 to 8pm and Jennifer Keane will give a gallery talk at 7pm.

Gardens of Peace. Photographs

April 4 - June 6, 2002


The Queens College Art Center is pleased to present an exhibition by Czech born artist Eva Fuka. The exhibit will consist of approximately forty black-and-white and color photographs taken in the cemeteries of Paris, Prague, New England, etc.

The artist writes: “Cemeteries are my first interest wherever I travel. Here the history is condensed: the culture, the art, and the customs…” She continues, “I am fascinated by strange names, which are the last visible point in the fate of one’s life. The roots of wild roses spreading over the old stones may extend a century back. The sculptures of angels, of faces, of hands, the photographs and carvings are telling the whole story of the human chronicle and culture. … In the vast Parisian Pčre Lachaise lie many that brought new ideas into our civilization. … One feels astonished when walking through the eternal world of life-size angels in the cemeteries of Prague.”

When she moved to Connecticut, the fascination of rural cemeteries, hidden in the woods and behind ancient walls never left her. “The first settlers were examining the likeness of the human soul. In the interpretations of the local carvers one can find a wide array of images, from the human skull to faces reminiscent of primitive cultures and embodiments of sweet angels.”

In Prague, Eva Fuka’s birthplace, the oldest Jewish cemetery dates back to the fourteenth century. The artist wrote, “Due to extreme overcrowding, the graves were layered on top of one another, the stones always lifted to the ground surface. Stones from different centuries packed closely together create a haunting image.” And, “These places talk to me and touch me more than most of the world’s galleries.”

Eva Fuka has had numerous one-woman shows here and abroad. Her last exhibition took place in 2001 in the Prague House of Photography. Important recent group exhibitions in which she has participated include A History of Women Photographers (1850-1975), a traveling exhibition that originated in the Akron Art Museum in 1996, and One Hundred years of Photography, in the Discovery Museum in Connecticut in 2000.

Her work is included in the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Akron Museum; in the International Center of Photography and the Museum of Modern Art, in New York, among others. Her photographs appear in numerous books and encyclopedias. The artist lived briefly in Switzerland and German, before coming to the United States in the early 1970’s, and has been an American citizen since 1973.

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