Queens International 4

“In 2000, the US census revealed the borough of Queens to be the most diverse county in the nation. Two years later, the Queens Museum of Art inaugurated Queens International, a biennial exhibition of artists from around he world who live and/or work in Queens. Celebrating the most recent artistic achievements of Queens with 42 artists, collaborations and collectives from 18 countries working in a broad range of traditional and unorthodox media, the exhibition examines the boundaries of culture, tradition, heritage and nationality.

Like its predecessors, Queens International 4 addresses the relationship between “internationalism” and “multiculturalism” from a local standpoint. Culture is the logic by which we give order to the world. No one stands outside of it. In Queens, one comes to recognize that nations are not walled fortresses but rather permeable containers for the fluid shifts of culture. Here, multiculturalism does not imply a static representation of international identities but rather an ever-changing shift amongst multiple cultures that blurs ethnic, racial, gendered and ideological boundaries. Circumventing conventional art discourse to engage with their immediate surroundings, the artists of Queens ignite a critical dialogue through lived experience, often in the form of collaborative, site-specific and public practices.

Queens International 4 is co-curated by José Ruiz and Erin Sickler.

List of Artists

Cara Judea Alhadeff
Heidi Boisvert
Omar Chacón
Corey D’Augustine
Gregory de la Haba
Domenick Di Pietrantonio
Alejandro Diaz
eteam
Lars Fisk
Future Shock
(Nicholas Ragbir, Veronica Ragbir, Travis Bhimraj, Anil Bhimraj, Jessica Ragbir and Rattan Bhimraj)
Tommy Hartung
Karolyn Hatton
Daina Higgins
Oded Hirsch
Sin-ying Ho
Ryan Humphrey
Janelle Iglesias
Lisa Iglesias
Darren Jones
Cecilia Jurado
Jayson Keeling
Las Hermanas Iglesias
Ha Na Lee
Jia-Jen Lin
Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow
Yasue Maetake
Derick Melander
Brendan Mulcahy
Kirsten Nash
Kymia Nawabi
SP Weather Station website
(Natalie Campbell and Heidi Neilson with Leah Beeferman, Susan Goethel Campbell, Carrie Dashow, Mike Estabrook, Neil Freeman, Richard Garrison, Michael Geminder, Isaac Gertman, Kenneth Goldsmith, Vandana Jain, Katarina Jerinic, Daniel Larson, Bridget Lewis, Jane Marsching, Nathalie Miebach, Lize Mogel, Chris Petrone, Sarah Nicole Phillips, Andrea Polli, Chuck Varga, Jing Yu and Liz Zanis)
OKAMOTO STUDIO
(Shintaro Okamoto, Takeo Okamoto, Jeremy Mangan, Ben Grasso, Timothy Colla, Kaz Adachi, Thomas Brown, Gerard Greco, Meghan McKee and Daniel Guzman)
Jonas Olson and Carol Pereira
Douglas Paulson and the Anti-Fascist Culture Club
(Chris Domenick, Christopher Robbins, Chuck Yatsuk, Elizabeth Tubergen, Emcee C. M., Master of None, Eva la Cour, Jacob Goble, John Baca and Rachelle Beaudoin)
Justine Reyes
Jaye Rhee
Dario Solman
Tim Thyzel
Nicole Tschampel
Jovan Villalba
Chin Chih Yang
Amy Yoes

QI4 Public Events
As in years past, the Queens Museum of Art is presenting a full slate of exhibition-related events to further contextualize Queens International 4’s artists, their work, and the borough in which they live and/or work. The public programs include performances by featured QI4 artists, family-oriented programs delving deeper into the exhibitions, screenings of short films using Queens as their backdrop, and an array of in-depth events with the artists ranging from studio visits to artist-led workshops. A full schedule is below.

January 24, 6 pm – midnight
Opening Reception of Queens International 4
Gallery walk-through, film screenings, and music by Flushing-born indie-rock band The Unstoppable Death Machines, DJ Witnes (playing a special Queens hip hop set), and DJ Juan Mapu (representing Queens’ Latin flavor). Performances by QI4 artists Chin Chih Yang, Ryan Humphrey and Carol Pereira with Jonas Olson. Food provided by Queens-based Vendy Award-winning street venders.

February 1, 1 – 4:30 pm
MetLife First Sundays for Families: Queens International 4 – A Closer Look
Exhibition tour with QI4 artists. Join artist Derick Melander in his participatory project Into the Fold (2009). Throughout the exhibition, he will be creating a site-specific work made from sculptural stacks out of second-hand clothing with the help of museum guests. Bring unwanted and lightly worn clothes to participate.

February 7
* 12 – 2 pm: Join artist Derick Melander once again in his participatory project Into the Fold (2009).
* 2 – 3 pm: SP Weather Station collaborator Nathalie Miebach will deliver a presentation on her practice of translating scientific data such as that from the artist-run weather station at the Queens Museum of Art into three-dimensional installations and sculptures.
* 3 – 6 pm: Join us for a screening of A Frame Apart: Short Films on Queens followed by Q&A with directors.
MADE IN QUEENS (Nicolas Randall and Joe Stevens, 2008,10 min)
Profiles “America’s first stereobike crew,” a group of IndoCaribbean kids from Richmond Hill who modified their BMX bikes with banging sound systems.

TWO DOLLAR DANCE (Yolanda Pividal, 2008, 17 min)
Every weekend, hundreds of Latino immigrants pack the dance clubs of Jackson Heights, where they meet the “”two-dollars ballerinas,”” women who will be their dance floor partners for two dollars a song. Through their eyes, this film dives into the stories of men and women who leave their families and countries behind to work in the United States.

AROUND THE WAY (Ruby Flores, 2008, 11 min) A slice-of-life tale about a girl, a love-struck boy, a very special Filipino dish and how they all come together on a summer day in Jamaica, Queens.

THE IRISH ROPES (Robert Sarnoff, 2006, 30 min)
The Irish Ropes charts the rise and fall of a champion-producing gym on a dead end street in Far Rockaway, while simultaneously following ten Golden Glove aspirants on their quest for glory at Madison Square Garden.

MODERN DAY ARRANGED MARRIAGE (Rehana Mirza, 2006, 6 min)
When two young Indian-Americans, Rajesh and Suna, meet in a local restaurant to “”interview one another,”” is marriage on the menu or just coffee?

ARIS AND THE ART OF PARKOUR BHANGRA-FU (Chrysovalantis Stamelos & Paras H. Chaudharti, 2007,12 min)
A stolen bag leads our hero Aris on a chase through the streets of Astoria. Shot entirely on location in Astoria, Queens, Aris is a mix of Parkour (French style free-running), and Hong Kong-style choreography, combined with the sounds of Greek, Arabic, and Indian music.

* 6 – 7 pm: Face the Music Concert
Face the Music is made up of twenty students, ages 11 to 16, who love new classical music with a “”rock edge.””

March 1, 1 – 4:30 pm
MetLife First Sundays for Families: Queens International 4 – Artists Explore Nature
QI4 artist Chin Chih Yang incites passersby to decorate his body with trash. With Bash the Trash, build and perform on instruments made from discarded items. Join SP Weather Station for three entertaining weather-related presentations throughout the day in the Panorama of the City of New York.

March 3, 6 pm
Dinner Date with QI4 Artist Nicole Tschampel at Sunnyside’s Turkish Grill
For those who love good food and intimate conversation, QMA’s Dinner Date offers up generous helpings of both. Explore the celebrated cuisine of Queens, as you, a handful of art lovers and a QMA curator share one small table with a QI4 artist at a local restaurant of the artist’s choice. Space is extremely limited, so advance payment and reservations are required. $60 per person registration fee includes a prix fixe dinner with two drinks. To reserve: dinnerdate@queensmuseum.org or 718.592.9700 x304.

March 7, 3 – 6 pm
Queens International 4 Field Trip
Long Island City Studio Tour of Queens International 4 Artists with co-curators Jose Ruiz and Erin Sickler. Artists: Domenick Di Pietrantonio, Karolyn Hatton, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Tim Thyzel, Nicole Tschampel, SP Weather Station and Amy Yoes. A light snack will be provided. Space is limited. For more information and to RSVP, email: QI4rsvp@queensmuseum.org. Please reference “”Field Trip”” in the subject line.

6 pm – late: For the adventurous, finish the evening with an Opening/Performance at QI4 artist Gregory de la Haba’s LIC studio. Space is limited. For more information and to RSVP, email: QI4rsvp@queensmuseum.org. Please reference “Gregory de la Haba” in the subject line.

March 25, 6:30 pm
Dinner Date with QI4 Artist Omar Chacon at Flushing’s Hahm Ji Bach Korean BBQ
See March 3 Dinner Date for full description. Space is extremely limited, so advance payment and reservations are required. $60 per person registration fee includes a prix fixe dinner with two drinks. To reserve: dinnerdate@queensmuseum.org or 718.592.9700 x304.

April 4, 2 – 6 pm
Queens International 4 Sets Sail!
2 – 3 pm: Digital media artist Jane Marsching delivers the last in a series of three presentations around the data collected by SP Weather Station from their weather station atop QMA. Marsching’s current project, Arctic Listening Post, explores our past, present and future human impact on the Arctic environment through interdisciplinary and collaborative practices, including video installations, virtual landscapes, dynamic websites, and data visualizations.
3 – 6 pm: Hop on the trolley at the Queens Museum of Art and head to the boathouse at Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Part for the launch of two artists projects Douglas Paulson and The Anti-Fascist Culture Club casts off The Undiscovered Atoll of Flushtopia, a series of islands and Tim Thyzel launches his Packing Tape Boat. Followed by a celebratory BBQ. In case of rain, call 718-592-9700 at 12 pm. Rain Date: April 26.

April 23, 7 pm
Dinner Date with QI4 Artist Darren Jones at Jackson Heights’ La Porteña Argentine Steakhouse
See March 3 Dinner Date for full description. Space is extremely limited, so advance payment and reservations are required. $60 per person registration fee includes a prix fixe dinner with two drinks. To reserve: dinnerdate@queensmuseum.org or 718.592.9700 x304.

April 26
QI4 Closing Celebration & NYC Bike Month Kick Off

Headlined by Future Shock, an Indo-Caribbean crew with thumping sound system bikes, QMA and Transportation Alternatives invite bike gangs, art bikes, bike advocacy groups, modders, bike clubs and bike crews (including Lightwheels, Mexican Pride, Transalt, Bike NY, C.L.I.M.B., City Reliquary Bike Club and others) for an outdoor celebration to close out Queens International 4 (QI4) with a bang! There will be bike riding lessons and free helmet giveaways in the afternoon and BMX bike demos taking place inside the museum utilizing QI4 artist Ryan Humphrey’s 100-ft series of ramps. Then, hop on the trolley at the Queens Museum of Art and follow the Anti-Fascist Culture Club to Meadow Lake for a tour of the Undiscovered Atoll of Flushtiopia and watch Tim Thyzel attempt to navigate the atoll in his boat made entirely out of packing tape. Also see the Human Sculpture performance by Chin Chih Yang, hear SP Weather Station talks in the Panorama, take part in Derick Melander’s interactive clothing sculpture Into the Fold and ride art bikes created by artists Colin McMullan, Mary Mattingly and Jonathan Brand. Listen to live music by bands Elextra, Karahatu, Shining Mantis, Tough Slutting, and Unstoppable Death Machines next to the Unisphere. And if you want company riding to QMA, you can do the museum to museum ride with the City Reliquary Bike Club, departing CR (370 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg) at 2pm.. In case of rain, call 718-592-9700 at 12 pm. Rain Date: May 2.

Schedule:

12-4pm: NYC DOT Helmet giveaway
1-3pm: Learn to Ride – Kids 5+ class with Bike NY
1-3pm: Take part in Derick Melander’s Into the Fold project in QMA galleries
2-3pm: SP Weather Station talk in Panorama
2-3pm: Whitney ISP alum Ryan Humphrey talk in Large. Theater
3-5pm: BMX pros ride Ryan Humphrey’s installation Fast Forward
3-6pm: Tabling in Tents Outside Museum: Lightwheels, Transalt, Bike NY, C.L.I.M.B.(Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists), Green Map System, Mexican Pride, The Undiscovered Atoll of Flushtopia Tourist Bureau, and Okamoto Studio ice carving
4 & 5:30pm: City Reliquary Bike Club gives free bike tours of World’s Fair Architecture in FCMP, meet at gazebo
4:30-6: Bands Play: Shining Mantis, Tough Slutting, Unstoppable Death Machines, Elextra, Karahatu
2:30-3:30: Future Shock leads a bike rally around the park
3-6: Tim Thyzel boat launch and discovery of The Undiscovered Atoll of Flushtopia
3-6pm: happy hour (while supplies last)
Ongoing: Chin Chih Yang Trash Sculpture

Exhibition Credits
Queens International 4 and related programming are made possible with the generous support of the Blumenfeld Development Group, Ltd., Build it Green! NYC, JetBlue Airlines, the QMA’s Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee, our corporate and foundation supporters, members and friends.

The Queens Museum of Art is housed in the New York City Building, which is owned by the City of New York. With the assistance of the Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and the New York City Council, the Museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Department for the Aging and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Legislature, the New York State Council on the Arts, New York Council on the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, generous corporate and foundation supporters, members and friends.

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Exhibition Catalogue
An extensive 120 page full-color catalogue includes a foreword by Tom Finkelpearl (PDF), Executive Director of Queens Museum of Art and critical essays from Co-curators José Ruiz (PDF) and Erin Sickler (PDF). Additional contributors include Prerana Reddy, QMA Director of Public Events; writer Jeanne Su (PDF); and former Queens International participants Michael Rakowitz (’02), (PDF) Isidro Blasco (’04) (PDF) and Mary Valverde (’06) (PDF); artists’ biographies, and a full exhibition checklist.