Opening Reception: Bringing the World into the World

Bringing the World into the World is an exhibition of international contemporary art about the experience of the act of seeing, and is inspired by the largest object in the Museum's collection, the Panorama of the City of New York, a 9,335 sq.ft. scale model of the New York City’s five boroughs. Recapturing the lure and the wide-eyed amazement triggered by this historical artifact, Bringing the World revisits the panoramas"€”the 18th Century crowd-pleasing spectacle of 360-degree circular paintings"€”and their concepts and roles in the development of visual culture. The exhibition features a diverse body of works exploring the formal, conceptual, and psychological principles of panoramas as devices of wonder and the many ways in which we see, imagine, and comprehend worlds both familiar and unfamiliar.

Participating artists: Alighiero Boetti, Chris Burden, Ray and Charles Eames, Harun Farocki, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Hikaru Hayakawa, Yumi Kori, L+ [PAK Sheung Chuen, WO Man Yee, LEE Soen Long], Liu Wei, Robert Moses and Raymond Lester & Associates, Reanimation Library, Jessica Rylan, Tavares Strachan, Clarissa Tossin, Lawrence Weiner, and Wong Kit Yi.

 

Clarissa Tossin, Unmapping the World, 2011. Ink on tracing paper. Courtesy of the artist.

On View: June 14 – October 12, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION PROGRAMS Saturday, June 14

4:30-6:00 pm
Solar System Walk, Vol. 1
Guided 1.5 hour tour of Chris Burden's Scale Model of the Solar System (placed in the Museum to a mile away) led by artist Nate Carey. Meet at Pluto (Leo’s Latticini, 46-02 104th St/718.898.6069) and track other planets in various off-site locations to the Sun situated at the Queens Museum. This is the first of three tours organized by Amateur Astronomers Society of Voorhees which will take place throughout the run of the exhibition. The second and third tour will be led by educator, PJ Gubatina Policarpio, Astrophysicist, Dr. Emily L. Rice, and friends of Astronomy on Tap, dates TBA. For more information and to RSVP (free, but spots are limited) please email: exhibitions@queensmuseum.org.

6:30 "€“ 7:00 pm
City-rama: Looking In/Looking Out
Special guided tour of the Panorama of the City of New York, the largest object in the exhibition. Blagovesta Momchedjikova, Ph. D. and a veteran Queens Museum Panorama tour specialist, will take you through the world of the “gigantic miniature” with special focus on the significance of scale and illusion, as addressed also by the works of Chris Burden, Ray and Charles Eames, Yumi Kori and Jessica Rylan on view in the Panorama.