Opening Reception: September 16th (Sunday)
Time: 1:00-4:00 pmWhere: Queens Museum Partnership Gallery (2nd floor)
We invite you to join an Art Opening exhibition of works created by the participants in the Queens Museum’s New New Yorkers program. The artists participated in a comprehensive range workshop offered in 2017-2018 including Sun print bookmaking, Korean Painting on Wood, Advanced Sculpture, Mentoring Program, Creative Watercolor, Printmaking, Fun Basic Sculpture, Basic Drawing, ESOL & Art, etc. These works reveal the diversity of visions, cultures, concerns and artistic approaches of our immigrant adult community that proves their tenacity to improve our lives and build a new and better future in spite of the current adversity.
In partnership with the Queens Library, the Queens Museum’s New New Yorkers program offers free multilingual classes to meet the needs of adult immigrant communities in Queens. New New Yorkers provides adult immigrants the opportunity to interact closely with accomplished professional artists and engage with their innovative work, allowing them to broaden their horizons and learn valuable life skills through the arts. The program provides opportunities for personal creative expression through rigorous art courses, exhibitions, and participation in cultural festivals. It also supports student-led initiatives at the Queens Museum. Courses emphasize the arts, technology and English language acquisition, provided at no cost, in a variety of languages, most often Spanish, Mandarin, and Korean.
1:00 PM Opening words. – Partnership Gallery.
1:30 PM New New Yorker Maria Canela will introduce her book MARIAS, a book that talks about struggling women in constant search; where illusions and love play an essential role. Hope and relapse come in waves like life itself. The loss is a constant in all the stories as disappointment, pain and the inability to face challenges, which sometimes are met only by inertia or fatigue. All the women are called Maria in this book, an attempt to be a mirror in which any person can self-identify. – Partnership Gallery.
2:15 PM Taiwanese director Yung-Jen Yang, will screen a 10-minute preview of his first self-funded feature thriller LOCKED ALONE, which is about a woman tries to survive in a locked and haunted apartment. Director Yang will present and answer questions regarding the film. – Theater.
3:00 PM “Star Tracks and Collapsar”, dance and performance by two artists from China, Yahui Lu and Guanglei Hui. This is their brand new work, a combination with new media and dance. They are sharing with the New New Yorkers at the Queens Museum for the first time. This beautiful piece won funding from Queens Council on the Arts for new works grant, as well as residency at the Topaz Arts Center.
We welcome public of all ages to join us and celebrate the diversity of our community.
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