Queens Museum Re-Opening Celebrations

Help us #LaunchQM with a weekend-long celebration! Join us for artist performances, workshops, music, and more. We look forward to welcoming you into our new home.

Peter Schumann: The Shatterer
Pedro Reyes: The People's United Nations (pUN)
Queens International 2013
New York City Building Time Lapse, 2009 "€“ 2013: Photographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao
Citizens of the World: Cuba in Queens

And on long term view
The Panorama of the City of New York
Shade Garden: Floral Lamps from the Tiffany Studios
World's Fair Visible Storage and Gallery
From Watersheds to Faucets: The Marvel of the New York City Water Supply System


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Inauguration Ceremonies from Around the Borough and the Globe

Target Wide Open Weekend at the Queens Museum begins with inauguration ceremonies from around the borough and the globe. This will be the opportunity for communities to tell us how they would open a building and bless our new space. How do you inaugurate a space in India, Bulgaria, Mexico, or Taiwan? Inauguration by Queens International 2013 (QI) artist Vlada Tomova"€˜s Bulgarian Women's Choir Greetings and Blessings will start the ceremonies.

11 "€“ 2 pm
QI artist Lynley Bernstein"€˜s Fishing for the Elusive Snakehead, a 2.5-hour guided fishing trip in search of the infamous Snakehead fish identified by the city authority to inhabit waterways in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Once caught, it must be submitted to the city. Gears and Baits provided.

2 "€“ 4 pm
Poets in the Galleries: Tan Lin
The Poets in the Galleries series utilizes the Museum's exhibition space as an invigorating site for exploration, interactive readings and discussions. For four Saturdays in November and December 2013, a different poet will conduct a lively presentation in response to the Museum's current biennial of Queens-based artists, Queens International 2013.

Today features poet Tan Lin. Tan Lin is the author of Lotion Bullwhip Giraffe, BlipSoak01, Ambience is a Novel with a Logo, Heath (Plagiarism/Outsource), 7 Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004 and The Joy of Cooking (2010). His work has appeared in numerous journals including Conjunctions, Artforum, Cabinet, New York Times Book Review, Art in America, and Purple. His video, theatrical and LCD work have been shown at the Marianne Boesky Gallery, Yale Art Museum, Sophienholm Museum (Copenhagen), Ontological Hysterical Theatre, and as part of the Whitney Museum of American Art's Soundcheck Series. Lin is the recipient of a Getty Distinguished Scholar Grant for 2004-2005 and a Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writing Grant to complete a book-length study of the writings of Andy Warhol. He has taught at the University of Virginia and Cal Arts, and currently teaches creative writing at New Jersey City University.

Schedule and participating artists:
November 9: Tan Lin
November 16: Stephen Motika
December 7: Charles Bernstein with Susan Bee
December 14: Patricia Spears Jones

3 "€“ 6 pm
Opening in the Museum's Community Partnership Gallery: An Inclusive World, a group exhibition organized by COPE NYC, a program that examines how art transforms the lives of those with a wide array of needs and abilities, including those deemed "€œOutsider Artists."€

3 "€“ 6 pm
Queens Museum Studio Program "€“ Open Studios

4 "€“ 5 pm
QI artist Joseph Heathcott"€˜s Brooklyn-Queens Borderlands Virtual Walking Tour on the Panorama

4pm onwards 
QI artist Matthew Volz"€˜s Meanwhile Back in Queens"€¦, a live concert in collaboration with the Juan Wauters with Carmelle Safdie

5:30 "€“ 6:30pm
Rosa de los Vientos, Winds Rose. A performance by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Neil Leonard in celebrating the reopening of the Museum and the opening of Citizens of the World: Cuba in Queens.

6 "€“ 6:30 pm
QI artist Fujui Wang Hyper Transmission New York, a site-specific sound performance capturing locally sampled electromagnetic waves rendered in a specially devised directional speaker

8 "€“ 9 pm
QI artist Joro-Boro"€˜s Smuggle Party, a participatory DJ performance mashing up collected tunes from museum visitors' MP3 players

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Community Pilgrimage

Community members and collaborators are invited to assemble in Corona Plaza, a new DOT Pedestrian Plaza the Museum has been programming and designing, and then process to the Queens Museum accompanied by marching bands. Neighborhood folkloric dance groups and musicians reflecting the diverse immigrant communities in the neighborhoods near the Museum will perform throughout the day, complementing an array of performances, screenings, and workshops by various participating artists in Queens International 2013.

12 "€“ 3 pm
Video screening of works by Chang Chien-Cehi, Chen Chieh-jen, Hsu Chia-Wei, Jun Yang, and Yu Cheng-Ta followed by a panel discussion (panelists TBD)

1 "€“ 4 pm
QI artists Tushevs Aerials"€˜ (Georgi and Nina Tushev) Build Your Own Drone, building of a miniature remote-control airplane followed by aerial video demonstration in Flushing Meadows Corona Park right outside the Museum

3 "€“ 6 pm
Queens Museum Studio Program "€“ Open Studios

Monday, November 11, 2013

As the Grand Finale of our three day re-opening celebration, Target Wide Open Weekend, the Queens Museum is offering families with children ages 5 "€“ 12 free admission to explore our newly expanded space! Guests are invited to drop in and participate in a variety of fun and educational hands-on art making activities and one-of -a-kind artist projects. In addition, there will be a Museum-wide scavenger hunt to help guide visitors through the Museum's permanent and feature exhibitions.

12-6 pm
Video Screenings (looped) in the Theater of works by QI artists Tushevs Aerials (Georgi and Nina Tushev), Michelle Marie, Charles, Deville Cohen, Anna K.E. and Nitin Mukul.

12-5 pm
Win prizes as you tackle Museum Wide Scavenger Hunt challenges that lead you on an exploration of the Museum's different galleries and exhibitions. Get your materials from the Front Desk.

12- 5pm
The World of Tomorrow Photo Booth in the Worlds Fair Gallery
Participants from the Museum's New New Yorker program invite you to take a photograph in a photo booth inspired by the Futurama Exhibition at the 1939 and 1964 New York World's Fairs.

12-5 pm
A Bird's Eye View of NYC, in the Panorama of the City of New York
Explore the Museum's giant scale model of New York City with the help of Panorama experts from the Museum's Queens Teens program.

12-5 pm
Puppet-Making Station in the Atrium
Participants from the Museum's Queens Teens program invite you to create your own puppet inspired by the Unisphere, the iconic symbol of the 1964 World's Fair and the exhibition Peter Schumann: The Shatterer.

The Collaborative Art Making Experiment, Unisphere, Entrance, and Outdoors
Freestyle Arts welcome all to participate in the Great Collaborative Art Making Experiment.

1-3 pm
QI artist artist Vlada Tomova from the Bulgarian Collaborative will be offering Pickling/Storytelling/Singing, a workshop that combines storytelling, music, and pickle-making

Museum Explorer's Club
ArtAccess staff will be available to assist your child with special needs, providing visual supports and activities for engagement. Should you require special assistance or preparation for your visit please email Michelle Lopez: mlopez@queensmuseum.org

1-4 pm
Circuit Bending Workshop in the Unisphere Gallery with Drew Blanke
Build, destroy and rebuild basic circuitry and come up with your own electronic configurations. In this workshop you will learn the basics of conductivity and gadgetry using basic electronic components. LEDs, diodes, sensors, all this words will make sense after you finish this activity.

Korean Brush Painting, Studio A with Seongmin Ahn
Make magnetic decorations out of traditional Korean Brush painting techniques. In this workshop you will be working with traditional ink, colors and paper to make all kinds of decorative objects.

3-5 pm
QI artist from the Bulgarian Collaborative , Meglena Zapreva, will be at the Flip-House, a special installation that also functions as a space for artmaking and exhibition. Join her for Smuggle Tactics: Imaginary International Community Garden, an art making workshop.

7 "€“ 9 pm
Opening celebration for Peter Schumann: The Shatterer
Featuring a "€œFiddle Sermon"€ performance by Peter Schumann
Sourdough rye bread and beer will be served

Wide Open Weekend at the Queens Museum is generously supported by Target.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

6:30 "€“ 8:30 pm
Rethinking the 14th Day of November 1947
Artist Heng-Gil Han invited Korean Americans in Queens and metropolitan areas of New York City to submit their ideas and visions about their home country's future. This event is a symbolic response to the fact that Koreans were not invited to speak to the UN General Assembly when this international body met in the Queens Museum's very building to make this monumental decision about Korea's future on November 14, 1947.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

QI Artist Lynley Bernstein's Come Fish for Snakehead a 2.5-hour guided fishing trip in search for the infamous Snakehead fish identified by the City authority to inhabit in waterways in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Once caught, it must be submitted to the City. Gears and Baits provided.

2 "€“ 2:15pm
QI Artist from the Bulgarian Collaborative: Milena Deleva"€˜s Smuggle Gobbledycook (Book Crossing & Literary Flash Mob), a multilingual book exchange and public reading event.

2 "€“ 4 pm
Poets in the Galleries: Stephen Motika. Stephen Motika is the editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman (2009) and the author of the poetry chapbooks Arrival and At Mono (2007) and In the Madrones (2011). His first book, Western Practice, will be published by Alice James Books in April 2012. Recent work has appeared in At Length, The Brooklyn Review, Eleven Eleven, The Boog City Reader 4, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A 2010-2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Resident, he is the program director at Poets House and the publisher of Nightboat Books.

3 "€“ 4 pm

Nitin Mukul"€˜s video screening of Crater withcore and live performance by Leyna Marika Papach

4 "€“ 5 pm
QI artist Richard Garet"€˜s Mnemonics: for Space Invaders, a live performance to create 8.1-channel surround-audio environment in the museum's new wing's 50,000 sq. ft. space

7 "€“ 10 pm
Queens Multimedia Poetry Event & Book Launch curated by Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier with: Poet Gabriele Tinti presents his new book of epic poetry All Over, an ode to boxing as read by him and celebrated Queens actor and boxer, Burt Young, and screening of a new poetry film by Michele Civetta of Quintessence Film. Musician and Writer Franklin Bruno and surprise guests will read and perform from his new book The Accordion Repertoire. Followed by book-signing and light refreshments.

Sunday, November, 17, 2013

5 "€“ 6 pm
QI artist Kevin Beasley From Ashy to Classy Mix I (Valley of Ashes), an aural work created in the fields of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, incorporating field recordings and sound from archival films of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs

Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24

12:30 "€“ 4:30pm
Pedro Reyes: The People's United Nations (pUN)

Tours every half hour from 12:30 to 4:30pm. Online sign-up starts November 1.

pUN brings together 193 citizen representatives of the 193 members of the (real) United Nations for games and discussion over the course of two days. Guided tours offer an exciting opportunity to discover pUN Headquarters and include a behind-the-scenes view of the Organization at work. Exhibitions feature sculptural displays on important topics on the pUN agenda, such as peace, dialogue, disarmament and sustainability. Tours will be conducted by trained pUN volunteers.

Visitors may also view pUN proceedings from designated areas on the Museum's first and second floors. No sign-up necessary.

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