The Queens Museum
The Queens Museum is pleased to welcome Jeannine Han, Woomin Kim, Xin Liu, Iman Raad, Jennifer May Reiland, Lachell Workman and The Room of Spirit and Time for two-year-long residencies as part of the Queens Museum studio program. The new cohort was selected by guest jurors Sohrab Mohebbi, Curator at SculptureCenter, and Laurel Ptak, Executive Director & Curator of Art in General, along with the Queens Museum Studio Program staff. Learn more about the artists below.
Queens Museum Studio Program is one of very few artist residencies to be embedded within a US museum. In the Fall of 2013, an expansion doubling the Museum’s size included the construction of eight artist studios in the north wing. In designating permanent real estate to the long-term development of new artwork onsite, the Queens Museum aims to support artists’ creative processes and professional development. Students in Social Practice Queens (part of Queens College MFA Program) also share a collaborative studio space in the Queens Museum’s studio wing.
Previous participants in the Studio Program include Nobutaka Aozaki, Juan Betancurth, Chris Bogia, Onyedika Chuke, Shahab Fotouhi, Galería Perdida, Dakota Gearhart, Mike Kenney, Caitlin Keogh, Ryan Kuo, Gloria Maximo, Ander Mikalson, Filip Olzewski and Bunny Rogers, Jewyo Rhii, Farideh Sakhaeifar, Karolina Sobecka, Alina Tenser, Caroline Woolard and Lika Volkova, Bryan Zanisnik, and Brian Zegeer.
Photo credit: William Jess Laird
Meet our Artists in Residence:
Jeannine Han (b. 1979, Oakland, CA) is a filmmaker and sculptor living in Queens, New York. Her film work deconstructs traditional narratives and genres, often physically inverting them into full installations or living sets. Featured prominently in these interiors are Jeannine’s textile works which tend to both feature and subvert the complex technical processes used to create them while always leaving space for an ever-present but elusive body. This corporeality presents itself as an extension of the machine, as a performer, as a model, as a character and ultimately as a creator and subject of the work itself. Jeannine studied at UCLA, The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm and holds a Masters from The Swedish School of Textiles. She has exhibited at Entrée Gallery, Norway; Sculpture Center, New York; Bard Graduate Center of Material Studies, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art in London with Tamara Henderson; and Performa 13, New York. Jeannine is currently an Associate Professor at FIT, Pratt and Parsons, The New School.
Woomin Kim (b. 1986, Seoul, South Korea) is a South Korean artist currently based in the USA. Kim works with sculpture and installation to reveal the gap between how she knows objects linguistically or conceptually and what they really are, between a subjective understanding of the individual and the unknown truth of the materials. Kim’s works have been shown in the US and South Korea, including her solo shows at Roy G Biv Gallery (Columbus, OH) and Maud Morgan Arts Center (Cambridge, MA). She has participated in several residency programs including The Studio at MASS MoCA and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Kim has received fellowships and awards from Joan Mitchell Foundation, Cambridge Art Association and Korean Cultural Center among others. Kim holds a B.F.A from Seoul National University and received an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Xin Liu (b. 1991, Xinjiang/China) is an artist and engineer whose research-based projects range from performances, apparatus, and installations to scientific experiments and academic papers. She is enchanted by the enigma of technology and its role in human experience. In her practice, Xin creates experiences and artifacts to measure, modify and make sense of these (re)organizations of everyday materials and events and their impact on our shared psychological, emotional, cultural, and perceptual approaches to the world. Xin is the recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship from Museum of Arts and Design and is Arts Curator in Space Exploration Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. She has shown her work at events and venues including Ars Electronica, Boston MFA, Sundance Film Festival, The Walker Art Center and OCAT Shanghai. As a researcher, Xin has worked in institutions including Microsoft Research NYC & Asia and Google ATAP.
Iman Raad (b. 1979, Mashhad, Iran) received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University (2017), and was a Shandaken Projects’ Paint School fellow (2017-18). He is currently living and working in Brooklyn. Iman's work presents a contradictory combination of beauty and fear. His work addresses humankind’s anxieties by staging a traumatic scene of a disturbance in reality. He foregrounds ornamental elements, which invert the art historical narrative of ornamentation. His work presents subjects like birds and fruit that are extracted from traditionally decorative and neutral contexts and juxtaposed with present concerns and future plans. His recent solo exhibitions include Tongue Tied, Sargent's Daughters Gallery, New York (2017) and Forty Drawings and So, Dastan Gallery, Tehran (2016). His exhibitions in 2018 include the "9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art" in Brisbane (Australia), "Standing Still", "Lying Down", "As If" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and "Paint School" exhibition at The Flag Art Foundation.
Jennifer May Reiland
Jennifer May Reiland (b. 1989, Houston, TX) is a New York-based artist from Texas. She primarily makes watercolor and pen drawings and hand-drawn animated videos. She creates two-dimensional compositions which sometimes include hundreds of figures using imagery from childhood and from historical research. The world of her art is informed by a religious childhood; themes of religiosity and human and animal suffering are important to her work. Most of all, her work examines the relationship between the figurative, the miniature, and the devotional, with reference to medieval and early renaissance art. She is a graduate of Cooper Union and a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, as well as a former resident at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program and the Open Sessions program at The Drawing Center.
Lachell Workman (b. 1989, Bridgeport, CT) is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York. She received a BFA in Photography from the University of Connecticut in 2011, and an MFA from SUNY Purchase College in 2015. Her interdisciplinary practice investigates the cultural iconography of the R.I.P. T-shirt and ritualistic practices of mourning within inner-city landscapes as sites for theorizing the visualization of the black ineffable body. Workman’s recent exhibitions include the 10th Berlin Biennale, Dineo Seshee Bopape, “Untitled (of the occult instability) [Feelings]” at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art (2018) and In Practice: Another Echo at Sculpture Center (2018). She has exhibited work at The Knockdown Center (2018), We Buy Gold (2017), The Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE (2017) and has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Lighthouse Works, The Shandaken Project at Storm King Art Center, Ox-Bow School of Art, and the Vermont Studio Center.
The Room of Spirit and Time
The Room of Spirit and Time (TRST) is initiated by Taro Masushio, Xiaofei Mo, Wang Xu and Cici Wu, as an offshoot project of PRACTICE. Taking the form of collaborative works and events, the first iteration at Queens Museum begins with readings of ancient and medieval Asian texts as a possible means of reimagining and cultivating an epistemology. In this room, both learning and unlearning take place; we invite temporary amnesia, a kind of forgetting and drifting via exercises, recitations, meditations, improvisations...fluid and ephemeral activations. Alongside these activities are the non-activities, as TRST functions as a hub for leisurely gatherings for artists, where one feels a slower flow of time set against the fast-paced urban backdrop in New York City.
The Studio Program at the Queens Museum is made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Major funding for the Queens Museum is generously provided 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.