The Queens Teens
Overcoming, Adapting, and Resisting

This exhibition presents work by the Queens Teens. These artists have made paintings, drawings, digital works, and sculptures in response to the widespread hardships felt by our communities due to Covid-19. As young, dynamic, and compassionate New Yorkers, they have sought to communicate the physically and emotionally grueling experience of outlasting the pandemic over the past year.

In their own words, “We wish to highlight the courage New Yorkers embodied when going through quarantine and this uncertain period. From first-responders to middle school students, everyone had to adapt to the changing circumstances of the city.”

The Queens Teens exhibiting artists are: Chiara Ahualt, Carissa Blackwell, Jasmin Contreras, Shelly Fatal, Giulia Fontaine, Christopher Guthrie, Zainab Hamid, Prabhjot Kaur, Afroza Keya, Lina Mazioui, Greicy Ramirez, Nadiya Rampersaud, Susan Salgado, Ashley Saldana, Lisbeth Santana, and Ruben Santiago.

Their work is accompanied by a site-specific mural by artist Jaclyn Reyes of the local collective, Little Manila Queens Bayanihan Arts. Reyes’ Flare/Flair conveys the experience of standing on the 7 train platform at golden hour. Offering an uplifting sentiment universally recognizable to Queens residents, the mural is an homage to the shared moments of ignition that instigate change, growth, and illumination.

About Queens Teens: 

Queens Teens offers youth opportunities to gain exposure to a cultural institution while developing their creative interest and passion for the arts and social justice. In addition, the teens become part of a close-knit peer network that fosters personal and professional growth. To learn more about Queens Teens or to participate, visit: www.queensmuseum.org/queens-teens 

The Queens Teens: Overcoming, Adapting, and Resisting is organized by Manha Bulbul and Skyler Chouloute with support from the Queens Museum Education department.

Queens Teens programming is generously supported by the Pinkerton Foundation. Queens Museum programs are also supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image: Giulia Fontaine, The 2020 Exhibition, 2021. Graphite on paper.

 

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