Fall Exhibitions Opening 2017

Enjoy an opening celebration of the four upcoming fall exhibitions at the Queens Museum. Meet the Queens Museum’s artists-in-residence and see work in progress during Open Studios, and there will be a free shuttle from the Mets-Willets Point 7-train subway station running from 1:30–5:30pm.

• Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake, 2009-2017

The Queens Museum presents the US premiere of a large-scale mixed media installation by performance and video artist Patty Chang, The Wandering Lake (2009-2017). Taking cues from her diverse performative practice over twenty years, the exhibition will present yet another unique form of storytelling through a combination of video projection, photography, sculpture, drawing, an artist’s book, and an audio work. Chang sets up parallels between corporal and environmental symbolism in the space between fiction and nonfiction, realism and abstraction, in order to examine the complex way narratives develop through geography, history, cultural mythology, fiction and personal experience.

• Never Built New York

The Queens Museum invites you to step into an alternate Gotham where the boldest, most daring, and most far-reaching urban designs are realized. Curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, and designed by Christian Wassmann, Never Built New York presents 200 years of visionary architectural and urban designs that never came to be, all brought to life for the first time with original drawings, renderings, newly commissioned models, and 3D visualizations.

• Sable Elyse Smith: Ordinary Violence

Sable Elyse Smith: Ordinary Violence is the first museum solo exhibition by Smith, a conceptual artist working across film, sculpture, and photography. Her practice explores the many ways that trauma and violence is graphed and marked across bodies. For this exhibition, Smith draws from her own experience of visiting her father in each of the six prisons he has inhabited over the past 20 years in order to question the fictions about the systems and structures that govern our lives, and our illusions of order and justice. Smith examines this quotidian violence, and its terrors that can hardly be discerned, asking how it can be visualized, imaged, and grasped.

• 17.(SEPT) [By WeistSiréPC]™

For the project 17.(SEPT) [By WeistSiréPC]™, American artist Julia Weist collaborates with Cuban artist Nestor Siré to explore and intervene in El Paquete Semanal or “the weekly package,” a cultural and economic phenomenon that developed in Cuba in place of internet connectivity, in which a 1 terabyte digital media collection is aggregated weekly and circulated across the country via in-person file sharing. The centerpiece of 17.(SEPT) [By WeistSiréPC]™ is a 64 terabyte server containing 52 weeks of El Paquete Semanal. It is the only comprehensive archive of the Paquete and its construction and deployment was designed around the legal and logistical restrictions of the changing US-Cuba relations over the last year.

Images: Patty Chang, Video still from Invocation For a Wandering Lake, part 1, 2015; Buckminster Fuller, Dome Over Manhattan, 1961; Sable Elyse Smith, Men Who Swallow Themselves in Mirrors (video still), 2017; Julia Weist and Nestor Siré, 1mberto (Santa Clara), 2016. Fujifilm instant film. Courtesy the artists

Exhibitions at the Queens Museum receive significant support from Ford Foundation and the Charina Endowment Fund. Major funding for the Queens Museum is generously provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Lambent Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, The Kupferberg Foundation, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.