Bringing the World into the World

Opening reception: June 14, 2014, 5-8pm

Bringing the World into the World is an exhibition exploring the physical and intellectual experiences of the act of seeing. The show is inspired by the largest object in the Queens Museum’s collection, the Panorama of the City of New York, a 9,335 square foot scale model of the metropolis commissioned by master builder Robert Moses (1888-1981) for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. At its 50th anniversary, the Panorama remains the world’s largest and most comprehensive model of an urban environment. Throughout its existence, it has continually served as a departing point for many artistic interventions addressing cinema, surveillance, mass media, memory, city planning, and urban spectacle. Recapturing the allure and the wide-eyed amazement triggered by this historical artifact, Bringing the World into the World also revisits the historical panorama—the crowd-pleasing spectacle of a 360-degree circular painting—and its concepts and roles in the development of 19th century visual culture. Taking its title from a series of works by Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994), Mettere al mondo il mondo ("Put the World Into the World”), the exhibition adopts Boetti’s vision that art and the world contain, and are contained by each other.  To that end, Bringing the World into the World showcases a diverse body of works exploring the formal and conceptual principles of panoramas as devices of wonder and the many ways in which we see, imagine, and comprehend worlds both familiar and unfamiliar.

Bringing the World into the World will feature new commissions and existing works by 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.

Click here to download the Bringing the World into the World exhibition checklist.

Download the exhibition brochure here

Related events: 
June 14, 4:30–6:00pm
Solar System Walk, Vol. 1
Meet at Pluto (at Leo’s Latticini, 46-02 104th St. Corona/718-898-6069) for a guided 1.5-hour tour of Chris Burden’s Scale Model of the Solar System by artist Nate Carey, starting from Pluto (off-site) and arriving at the Sun in the QM Panorama. All three tours are organized by Emmy Catedral and the Amateur Astronomers Society of Voorhees (AASV);

City-rama: Looking In/Looking Out 
A guided tour of the Panorama of the City of New York, the largest object in the exhibition, by Blagovesta Momchedjikova, Ph.D. a veteran QM Panorama tour extraordinaire.

June 22, 1:00–3:00pm
Workshop: Unmapping the World at QM Atrium
Clarissa Tossin leads a physically dynamic and intellectually stimulating hands-on art-making experience.  Unmap and remap the world collectively.

September 21, 3:30 – 5:00pm
Solar System Walk, Vol. 2
Guided 1.5 hour kids & family friendly planet hunting tour of Chris Burden’s Scale Model of the Solar System (placed in the Museum to a mile away) led by educator PJ Gubatina Policarpio. Burden’s work is a scale model, both in size and distance, of the solar system where The Sun is represented by a sphere 13 inches in diameter and 40 inches in circumference and is placed just above the Bronx on the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum. Each planet of the solar system is constructed at the correct scale and is placed at the correct distance in relation to The Sun across and beyond Flushing Meadows Corona Park into the neighborhood of Corona.  The tour will start at The Sun situated at the Queens Museum and end at Pluto located at Leo’s Latticini (46-02 104th St., Corona).

3:30 – 5:00pm  I CHING PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY, Workshop by Wong Kit Yi and Manuel Cirauqui
This workshop is a playful experimentation on the topography of New York, using the millenary wisdom of the I Ching (“Book of Change”) as a guide through the city’s five boroughs. Taking place in Robert Moses’s Panorama of the City of New York, the workshop will explore the affective connections and spiritual meanings of specific areas that participants will select according to their biographical experiences, interests, and fantasies. Not a numerical chance operation à la John Cage, but a speculative drift resulting in a fictional reorganization of the cityscape, this work session will also draw on the principles of Feng Shui, specifically when applied to geographic locations, buildings, and rooms. Participants will be given individual paper maps as their own worksheets. These will be signed, collected, and scanned at the end of the session, in order to generate a shared archive of the experiment.

I CHING PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY will be held by artist Wong Kit Yi, whose works are on view at the Bringing the World into the World exhibition, and Manuel Cirauqui, writer and assistant curator at Dia Art Foundation, New York.

4:00 – 5:50pm Solar System Walk,Vol. 3 Astrophysicist Dr. Emily L. Rice, and friends of Astronomy on Tap, guide you from Pluto (at Leo’s Latticini, 46-02 104th St. Corona) to the Sun in the Panorama at the Museum. This is the final Solar System Walk of Burden’s installation organized and navigated by The Amateur Astronomers Society of Voorhees

5:30 – 6:30pm Reanimation Library founder Andrew Beccone will talk about his project RL and perform an ongoing library project entitled An Incomplete Portrait of the Reanimation Library
Reanimation Library founder Andrew Beccone will give an artist talk that will address the development of the library, an overview of its activities, and the particular approach he took in assembling the Corona Branch.  Afterwards, Beccone and a group of other individuals will perform an iteration of an ongoing library project entitled An Incomplete Portrait of the Reanimation Library in which short selections of text from some of the books in Corona Branch will be read in the museum’s atrium.

6:00 – 8:00pm Open Bar, Book Launch for "An Incomplete User’s Guide to Bringing the World into the World”, and The Panorama Inspires, special Panorama tour by the Panorama Wizard Dr. Momchedjikova to conclude the exhibition!
In conclusion of the exhibition and the launching of the exhibition’s publication project, the Panorama Wizard Dr. Momchedjikova takes you to an express tour of the Panorama of the City of New York to highlight on works by Burden, Eames, Rylan, and Kori, and discuss its inspiration for the exhibition and its upcoming publication.

All programs are free and open to public and for some seating is limited. RSVP and more information:

Bringing the World into the World is organized by Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions and Curator at the Queens Museum. Blagovesta Momchedjikova, Ph.D., acts as a consultant for the exhibition and editor for the accompanying publication, An Incomplete Visitor’s Guide to Panoramas, a mini-encyclopedia of ideas, artists and their work, and historical facts that are relevant to visual representation today.

Bringing the World into the World is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation, Japan Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, New York, Delta Air Lines, and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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