Queens International 2018
Oct 7 2018
Feb 24 2019
The Queens Museum presents the eighth Queens International. Since its inauguration in 2002, this biennial exhibition has highlighted the contemporary cultural production of Queens communities in formats driven by the artists represented, the perspectives of its curators, and current social and cultural issues. QI 2018, titled Volumes, follows in this tradition, and for the first time includes a partnership with the Queens Library. Queens International 2018: Volumes offers a unique opportunity to address the relationship between two closely connected public organizations. While they employ different methods and have inherited different histories, both are ever-evolving in response to the community, emergent technologies, and cultural shifts.
QI 2018: Volumes departs from the notion that whether libraries and museums feel static or active we wander and chart our own paths through them—spatially, temporally, and even virtually. The word volumes encompasses many historical and current meanings in this context. Stemming from the Latin volumenus, in 13th century France, volume referred to a scroll of writing on parchment or something that is rolled or turned. In 16th century England, the word came to mean “quantity” and “a book forming part of a set.” Between the 18th and the 21st centuries, volume acquired its relationship to degrees of sound, physical dimensions, and units of data storage. With QI 2018 we also encourage poetic readings of volumes in relation to plurality, materiality, and space, especially the turns we can take through it.
QI 2018 artists represent a dialog among Queens-connected producers of several generations, including for the first time artists who have exhibited in earlier Internationals. The artists’ works respond to sites throughout the entire museum and select Queens Library branches. They question and expand systems of knowledge production using both analog and digital strategies. They rethink histories and policies through embodied experience, redemptive archives, subjective abstractions, and intangible architectures. Via these methods, they explore the potential for a nonlinear progression of time and correspondingly, a fluid approach to space.
QI 2018: Volumes is organized by QM Assistant Curator Sophia Marisa Lucas, with New York-based performance artist Baseera Khan and additional collaborators at the Queens Museum and Queens Library. An exhibition website and web-based catalog accompany QI 2018, co-edited with QM Curator Larissa Harris, with design concept and development by Queens-based artist Ryan Kuo. Participating artists will be announced with the initial launch of the website in July 2018.
Queens Museum is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the uniquely international residents of Queens. In November 2013, the Queens Museum completed an expansion that doubled its size to 105,000 square feet. The expansion provides an additional 50,000 square feet of space, including a suite of new galleries, artist studios, flexible public and special event spaces, education classrooms, a café, back-of-house facilities and visitor amenities. This light-filled new space, designed by Grimshaw Architects, exemplifies the Museum’s commitment to openness, inclusion, community partnership and the diverse communities of New York City. A second phase of the project will bring a branch of the Queens Library into the Queens Museum.
Queens Library‘s mission is to meet the needs of the community by offering lifelong learning opportunities and ensuring there is a positive impact in the community. Queens Library fulfills its goals by embracing innovation and change. With a history of offering pioneering programs that meet the diverse needs of the most diverse county in the US. The Queens Library serves 2.3 million people from 65 locations. It circulates among the highest numbers of books and other library materials in the country.
QI 2018 is made possible in part by support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Agnes Gund, and the American Chai Trust. Exhibitions at the Queens Museum receive significant support from Ford Foundation. 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 M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Lambent Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.