Event - Queens Art Intervention: Dwelling

Queens Art Intervention: Dwelling

12.16.17, 2:00 pm

Exhibition on View from December 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018 at the Partnership Gallery

Schedule of Activities:
2-3pm: Meet the artist, interact with each piece, and share your ideas on dwelling from multiple angles.
3-4pm: Be one of the first 50 people to show up for a free sit-down lunch. 
Note: You have to agree to the set of instructions you are given before you are allowed entrance to the lunch. And, of course once we reach 50 no one else will be allowed entrance.

Social practice installation artist Yvonne Shortt has ideas, writes grants, sometimes gets funding, and then implements those ideas, often in public spaces. Four years ago Ms. Shortt had the idea of sharing some of her funding with other artists to create more impact in more places on the streets of Queens, New York. Queens Art Intervention, QAI for short, was born.

QAI consists of artistic interventions that happen between the artist and the community every September over one or two weekends. This December, QAI 2017 is going from the streets of Queens to the Queens Museum.

The interventions are commissioned and based on a research project developed over one year by Ms. Shortt and her social practice studio, RPGA Studio, Inc. This year’s theme is Dwelling. The 2017 research project included a collaborative design and build of a mobile tiny house that upon completion was transformed into a tea and Zen garden catalyzing conversations around feminine dwelling.

The Museum exhibition will highlight the research project and commissioned interventions with interactive installations that extend the work, impact, and longevity beyond the streets of Queens.

Commissioned interventions include:

Carla Lobmier Grace in Dwelling
Domenica Garcia Corazón Entristecido
Deborah Wasserman hos·pi·tal·i·ty
Keka Marzagao Uprooted II: An Ode to the 1.5 Generation
Christine Lee Tyler Blanket
Fotis Flevotomos / Vicky Spachou Bed as home
Joan Becht Willette The Hestia Project
Niizeki Hiromi Dwelling with Thousands Windows
Priscilla Stadler / Grace Jean What’s Up with LIC?
Lisandra De Fraga Nepantla
Michael Kannisto Home Is Where the Heart Is

This exhibition was made possible by Queens Council on the Arts, Richard West, Elsie Chapman, Carmen Shortt, Awesome Foundation, Nannearl Blackshear, and Culture Push.