Join us in the Queens Museum’s Artist Studio Wing for an afternoon of presentations and participation while you meet several of the new group of Culture Push Fellows 2014-15. This fall, five artists, two of whom are QM Studio Artists from the Social Practice Queens program, were selected to spend a year developing and realizing socially engaged, multidisciplinary, boundary-pushing projects, with the support of Culture Push.
Olaronke Akinmowo: Herstory is an interactive altar and mobile structure that celebrates and honors the voices of Black women. It will serve as an archive, free library and container for books written by Black women. This piece will serve as a catalyst for cultural and analytical discussion as well as thematic events that explore authors and characters through costume and performance.
Barrie Cline & Sol Aramendi: Usa Tu Celular, addressing wage theft among immigrant day laborers. They are working on developing an app which will facilitate the identification of wage theft, and collect data. A series of workshops will be led in order to instruct workers on how to effectively use the app, these workshops will serve as a model for key participants who want to share this knowledge with their peers and coworkers. They are also developing ideas for several creative vehicles that will create dialogue around the app, thereby involving a larger community of workers. They are both graduates of the Social Practice Queens MFA program at Queens College, and have a shared studio at the Queens Museum.
Or Zubalsky: The Ongoing Listenings, a series of participatory performances of conversation and music in the dark. The performances will be built to facilitate discussion about difficult themes and questions. The performances do not only give equal voice to all who wish to share their opinion, but are designed to encourage attentive acts among people with diverse views.
Culture Push launched the Fellowship for Utopian Practice in 2012 to support boundary-pushing, interdisciplinary and socially engaged artwork. Our open call runs twice per year in Spring and Fall. Check the guidelines page for information on the next open call submission dates and application instructions.
In 2013-2014 Fellows are collaborating with community gardeners to create unique solar garden sculpture; riotously dissecting the New York Times through a feminist lens; bringing history to life through video art; bringing out the goddess in queer girls; and crowd-sourcing neighborhood information through public input of sense and experience. Read about their projects below.
In 2012-2013 Fellows engaged with food and empowerment; the choreography of protest; the theater of philosophical inquiry; re-imagining NYC’s waterways; and ideating social space in the Bronx.
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