Quick Links2011-2012 Season
THIS IS PERSONAL | Michael Ragsdale's 9/11
Tuesday, September 6 - Friday, October 14, 2011In the chaotic weeks after 9/11, as New Yorkers struggled to make sense of this horrific tragedy, Michael Ragsdale roamed the city gathering ephemera from vigils, lectures, and debates—more than 220 events. For the next seven years, his life revolved around amassing and cataloguing the material. THIS IS PERSONAL, an exhibition of that memorabilia, presents one individual’s response to a day that forever changed the world. PRESS RELEASE
UTOPIA (in perpetuum | forever)
October 20 - January 13, 2012How do artists learn if not by learning directly from other artists? Nine artists, writers, musicians, and curator will be exposed to the research of artist Will Corwin. As a senior guide, Corwin leads the fall project UTOPIA, acting as an art catalyst for in perpetuum | forever. featuring Ellis Avery, Will Corwin, G Lucas Crane, Sean Cunningham, Ben Gottlieb, Tara Mathison, Tommy Mintz, Shervone Neckles, Anne Sherwood Pundyk and Carin Riley. PRESS RELEASE | ESSAY BY CHARLES SCHULTZ
EDEN | Ceramics by Sin-ying Ho
September 8 - October 26, 2010 | Reception + Artist’s Talk: Wednesday, September 15, 5-8 pmUsing porcelain vessels as her canvas, Ceramist Sin-ying Ho blurs the possessive accoutrement of daily life with the elements of nature. Creating a garden of cultures that hints at collision, symbiosis + fusion. Sin-ying Ho is an assistant professor of art at Queens College. This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Queens College Art Department, PSC-CUNY Research Foundation, Queens Council on the Arts, and Coptor Productions and is part of the Year of China programming for Queens College. PRESS RELEASE
Voices Envisioned: Memories Made in Northern Ireland
Curated by Jill Strauss, Adjunct Professor, Dispute Resolution Program, Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
November 4 – December 23, 2010 | Reception + Curator’s Talk: Thursday, November 4, 5-8 pmAfter decades of violent conflict, an intergenerational group of Protestants and Catholics undertook a storytelling and visual art project in Portadown, Northern Ireland, in 2008. The older generation reflected on their past experiences, and the younger generation explored ways of interpreting the elders' memories and feelings creatively in visual form.
The exhibition also documents the workshop process leading to creation of the artworks, which include three textiles and two mixed-media installations. Curator Jill Strauss is an Adjunct Professor in the department of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Queens College Irish Studies Program. PRESS RELEASE
Cheap Shots: Beijing Bicyclists and Pedestrians | Photograph Installation by Tommy Mintz (Project Room)
January 28 – June 30, 2011 | Reception + Artists' Talk: Thursday, May 5, 5-8 pmDuring a trip to Beijing in April 2009, Tommy Mintz shot a surreptitious series of photographs of bicyclists and pedestrians passing by a construction site while he was hidden from view by reflective walls. As a native New Yorker and avid bicyclist, he became fascinated by the way pedestrians and bicyclists alike navigated Beijing, the fourth most densely populated city in China. A New York-based photographer and performance artist, Mintz has shown work in numerous galleries in New York, around the country and in China. He received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and MFA from Queens College and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Queens College. PRESS RELEASE
Express + Local | NYC Aesthetics
January 28 – June 30, 2011 | Reception + Artists' Talks: Thursday, May 5, 5-8 pmFor many New Yorkers, one's borough is the deciding factor for the pizza they eat, the baseball team they cheer and their general attitude about life, but can it influence what kind of art they make? Transplant 15 artists from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island to Queens College Art Center for a five-month residency, as we explore the possible effect of the gallery geography of the Art Center on their work. PRESS RELEASE | ESSAY BY NATALIE HEGERT
How often you feel your breath... | Drawing Installation by Filomena Borecka (Project Room)
May 18 to December 31, 2011Borecka’s oeuvre is predominantly focused on intricate, large-scale drawings, and installations that are often linked with performances. In this installation, artist creates a reality-based Bank of Breath of different people to investigate the rhythm of life, in collaboration with a French Eranos research laboratory, mapping social mind with drawing + performance.Filomena Borecka was born in Prague and has been living in Paris since 1998. She graduated in 2004 from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. Borecka had a solo exhibition at Fugacidad in Circulo de Bellas Artes in 2005, and in 2007 she was a resident of the Nouaison artists residency in France. She has participated in exhibitions in France, Germany, Bosnia, Spain + NYC. POSTER(PDF) | Related Exhibition Survey
ILLUSION|ALLUSION : Sculpture by Susan Sills
May 6 - June 30, 2010Susan Sills’ whimsical, free-standing sculptures reconstruct the timelines of modern art history, making way for this playful narrative. When these life-sized cutouts are released from the confinements of their frames and thrust into real space and time, familiar images take on new dimensions for the viewer that invariably provoke not only whimsy, but fresh insights into art’s potential future. Susan Sills, a native New Yorker and Queens College alumna, is affiliated with Viridian Artists. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Crystal Clear | Sculpture + Prints by Claire Lieberman
March 11, 2010—April 30, 2010Can balance between use and consumption be achieved? What constructions are placed on nature and how do interpretations of nature foster better understanding of preservation needs? Claire Lieberman’s sculptures, prints, videos, and installations propose a critical dialogue on the future of nature and transmit narratives linked to contemporary ideas of survival.
Writing the Body | New Work by Naomi Grossman
November 5, 2009 - February 19, 2010Focusing on elements of drawing while using a range of materials such as wire, wax, charcoal and photography, Naomi Grossman’s work sensitively portrays the push and pull of power within the tangles of human relationships. Naomi Grossman, New York native and alumna of Queens College, is a mixed media artist whose work frequently deals with issues of power, control, relationships, silenced voices and finding an authentic voice
The Poetics of Transculture
September 9 - October 30, 2009The Poetics of Transculture is two site-specific installations:
Universal Language: Installation by Franca Marini
A site-specific installation, Universal Language is inspired by the shape of the Queens College Art Center gallery, the importance of written language for human knowledge, and the metaphor of space in libraries. Franca Marini, from Siena, Italy, is a multimedia artist whose work plays with the dimensions of urban lines, landscapes, and transculture. Marini has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally, and her work is in many collections around the world.
ASTORIA in Poetry and Images: Exile/People/Places: Installation by Nicos Alexiou
Since the 1960s Astoria, Queens, has been home to the largest Greek community outside of Greece. Alexiou’s work speaks to the poetics of Astoria and its influences on Greek American identity. Photographer Sophia Vourdoukis and other Greek American artists parallel Alexiou’s poetry through their own personal documentation of Astoria’s people and places. Nicos Alexiou teaches in the Department of Sociology and The Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at Queens College. This exhibition is cosponsored by The Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies.