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    • Special Exhibitions Tour

    • Schools can book guided tours with or without workshop activities in one or more of these changing exhibitions

      Queens International 2013, November 2013-January 2014

      Queens International 2013 will be the sixth edition of the Museum’s biennial celebration of artists from around the world who live or work in Queens. This year the Queens Museum has invited Meiya Cheng, co-founder of the Taipei Contemporary Art Center, to co-curate the exhibition with Hitomi Iwasaki, Queens Museum Director of Exhibitions/Curator. This marks the beginning of a new tradition for Queens International—one that engages a co-curator from overseas to consider the Queens art community in a fresh perspective. The show will also address globalization in Queens from a variety of angles by facilitating and implementing collaborative projects between Taipei-based and Queens based artists. For the first time, the Queens Museum has invited not just visual artists to exhibit their work, but also an array of individuals from the creative community in Queens to contribute ideas for new work, projects, programming, catalogue design, exhibition design, and more.

      New York City Building Time Lapse, 2009-2013: Photographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, November 2013-January 2014

      Taiwan-born, Queens-based photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao has been commissioned to photograph the Queens Museum during the expansion project, capturing the transformation of the historic New York City Building. A series of Liao’s large-scale photographs will chronicle this most recent metamorphosis, while archival photographs, documentation and blueprints will convey the rich history of the building from its role as the New York City Pavilion in the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, home of the United Nations General Assembly (1946-1950), and site of both the Queens Museum (1972 – today) and the World’s Fair Skating Rink (1952-1962; 1964-2008). In addition to Liao’s commissioned work, the exhibition will feature material from the Museum‘s archives, the United Nations Archive, the Archive of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and Grimshaw Architects, the firm behind the Museum’s current expansion project.

      Citizens of the World: Cuba in Queens, November 2013-March 2014

      Citizens of the World: Cuba in Queens explores how Cuban visual artists, living both on island and in diaspora, grapple with the profound complexities between identity and place. This exhibition focuses on the intangible connections between where one lives and one’s sense of self. Varied expressions of spirituality, humor, isolation, and discovery illuminate varied personal motivations and desires: to explore, to escape, and to find a space of belonging. Though explored here in the context of contemporary Cuban art, Citizens of the World aims to resonate with, and pay homage to, the vast range of experiences within the Queens community.

      Peter Schumann: The Shatterer, November 2013-March 2014

      Peter Schumann: The Shatterer is the first solo museum exhibition of Bread and Puppet Theatre founder and director Peter Schumann. The Queens Museum’s presentation of Schumann’s groundbreaking political performance art is a strong response to today’s urgent questions about the role of the artist in society. The materials used to create Schumann’s large scale puppets and stages—black and white house paint applied to discarded and recycled paper, cardboard, and fabric—reflect the bare essential production values and approach to living that have been central to Schumann’s work for his entire career. The exhibition consists of two large-scale immersive gallery installations combining new paintings, drawings, papier-m"ché sculptures, handmade books, automata, and kinetic machines. A separate 40 x 150-foot mural will energize the Museum’s new atrium.

      Pedro Reyes: The People’s United Nations (pUN), November 2013-March 2014

      Pedro Reyes’s exhibition, The People’s United Nations, or pUN, brings together citizen representatives of the193 member states of the United Nations for mock assemblies and performances that reference the Museum building’s history of hosting the General Assembly of the UN between 1946-1950. Humorously redeploying the format of the UN—caucuses, plenaries, simultaneous translation—pUN will entertain but also inform. The objects and documents produced will be delivered to the UN in a culminating event. pUN will include both private and public performance sessions in the Museum’s skylit sunken living room.

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