Event - Four Fall Openings

Four Fall Openings

11.01.14, 4:00 pm

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Join us for the opening of four new exhibitions and accompanying screenings, artist walkthroughs, and performances. Plus open studio hours.

    • Polit-Sheer-Form!  China-based art collective Polit-Sheer-Form-Office (artists Hong Hao, Xiao Yu, Song Dong, Liu Jianhua and curator/critic Leng Lin) tackle the question of "€œwe"€ in a "€œme"€ world.
    • Commonly Newcomer: Jewyo Rhii  Having occupied a studio space at the Queens Museum since November 2013, Rhii developed this sprawling sculptural installation, with its multiple components, to materialize her transplantation to the borough of Queens.
    • Kora: A Meditation on Pilgrimage a companion exhibition to Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art, which reflects upon changing attitudes toward self-expression, attribution, and identity.
    • That Kodak Moment: Picturing the New York Fairs Inspired by the donation of 1,200 Ektachrome slides taken by photographers Jerry Kean and Van Williams at the 1964-54 Fair, this exhibition will reveal materials from the museum's permanent collection never seen before by the public as well as artifacts from local and national collections.
    • Open studio hours The 2014-15 Studio Program hosts 9 studios and 18 artists in the Queens Museum's north wing. During open studios, the participating artists will open their doors to the public. Get a glimpse of their current projects across a range of media.

Schedule of Activities

4-5:45pm: Screening of Bringing Tibet Home (Tenzin Tsetan Choklay, 82min, 2013)

When a Tibetan refugee dies from a terminal illness, his last wish to set foot on his native soil remains unfulfilled… until his son, Tenzing Rigdol, a New York-based artist, embarks on an unthinkable journey to reunite Tibetans in exile with their land literally through an art project. Introduction by featured artist Tenzing Rigdol. In the Theater, 2nd Floor.

4-6pm:  BikeART Party is a photography event organized in collaboration with Recycle-A-Bicycle, supported by architecture, landscape design and urban planning organizations. Participants pose in front of a curated selection of landscapes of New York City from the past, the present and the future. On the occasion of the opening of That Kodak Moment, it will include landscapes from the World’s Fairs drawn from images in the Queens Museum archives. In the same spirit as the Kodak Pavilions at the New York fairs, the BikeART Party encourages participants to imagine themselves in an idealized world. In the Unisphere Gallery, 2nd Floor.

5-8pm: Open Bar. In the Atrium.

5-5:45pm: Gallery walkthrough of Commonly Newcomer: Jewyo Rhii.

Jewyo Rhii and QM curator Hitomi Iwasaki will conduct an informal dialogue as they tour the show.

5:45-6:30pm: Walkthrough of Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art and the complementary exhibit Kora: A Meditation on Pilgrimage with participating artists Marie-Dolma Chophel, Tenzing Rigdol, Chungpo Tsering, Tashi Norbu, Tulku Jamyang. Meet in The Shelley and Donald Rubin Gallery.

6:00-6:45pm: Polit-Sheer-Form Office makes a “Tofu Wall”

Introduced by curator Larissa Harris and exhibition guest curator Ruijun Shen (Guangdong Times Museum). In the Atrium.

6:30-7.30pm: Exiled Tibetan poet and writer Bhuchung D. Sonam will read from his new book Yak Horns, which covers topics such as, contemporary Tibetan writing, music, film and politics.

Followed by a conversation with Tenzing Rigdol. In the Theater, 2nd Floor.

7:30-8pm: Finale Performance by Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts musicians Sonam Phuntsok and Tenzin Norbu. In the Atrium.