Event - Building Shared Identities

Building Shared Identities

06.25.17, 1:30 pm

Patches for a Safe Community
Paula Frisch | Unisphere Gallery | 1-4:30pm

The artist will be facilitating a hands-on activity focused on making patches—like the kind someone would attach to a backpack or jacket. This activity stems from her ongoing project titled A Quilt for Now, which includes a patchwork quilt comprised of text responses to surveys. The questions at the core of this project are: What makes you feel safe? What makes you feel threatened? How do these things impact the everyday decisions you make? The patch making activity will explore these questions, with a particular focus on safety. Participants will be prompted to think about what makes them feel safe and to create a personalized patch that speaks to that. Each will receive a blank square patch and access to fabric scraps, glue and fabric markers to create their motif of safety. They may choose to keep their work or contribute it to be sewn into the quilt.

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park’s Sunday Menu
Pedro Vintimilla | Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the Queens Museum | 1-4:30pm

The artist will be walking around the park between 12:00-2:00pm. He will be inviting families throughout the park to participate in Sunday Menu by coloring a paper plate with the names of the food they will be preparing that day. From 3:00-4:30 the plates will be exhibited at the Unisphere Gallery showcasing the many recipes enjoyed by our neighbors, encouraging the public to try new foods at home from a variety of cultures found here in Queens.

Collective ExplorAction
Alix Camacho and Jiemin Yang | Unisphere Gallery | 2-4:30 pm

To register, please contact: lberfond@queensmuseum.org

This is an exploratory and collaborative workshop created to encourage people to use different games to communicate and work together to accomplish a common goal. The workshop involves ideas coming from choreography, theater, and community organization. (Comfortable clothing is highly recommended.)

Floor Grootenhuis | Throughout the Museum and Unisphere Gallery | 2-4:30 pm

heart2heart, 2017 is an invitation to investigate the gestures we perform naturally when we seek connection. How do we present our bodies to each other to create a space for our differences, express our empathy and mirror our affect? The performance consists of exchanges of gestures in one-to-one conversations with the public. As they are collected by the artist, the gestures will be redrawn on the windows of the Unisphere Gallery forming a temporary archive of connection.

You Don’t Know
Uno Nam | Studio Program Triangle | 2pm, 3pm

You Don’t Know is a sound and visual performance. In this work, Uno Nam considers how collective events reach individuals through personal experiences, provoking the possibility for art to enable encounters with these intimate moments. Through sound and visual devices, the approximately ten minute long performance recreates an immigrant’s experience of the January 2017 Executive Order 13769, titled: ‘Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.’ The performance will amplify the impact of the executive order on the individual, attempting to translate the experience of one to a collective event.

Social Practice Queens is made possible by Surdna Foundation and The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Additional support is 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.