Event - Queens Museum Reopening: Inauguration Ceremonies from Around the Borough and the Globe

Queens Museum Reopening: Inauguration Ceremonies from Around the Borough and the Globe

11.09.13, 11:00 am

In this first of three consecutive days celebrating the reopening of the Queens Museum, Target Wide Open Weekend (November 9-11) kicks off with the opportunity for diverse communities to tell us how they would open a building and bless our new space. How do you inaugurate a space in India, Bulgaria, Mexico, or Taiwan? In addition join us for the Opening Reception and numerous performances related to Queens International 2013, and the other inaugural season exhibitions featuring solo exhibits of artists Pedro Reyes, Peter Schumann, and Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao as well as a group show of Cuban contemporary works. You’ll also have access to the first open studios of our new Artist Studio Program, and new installations of our permanent exhibitions. See Detailed Schedule of the day below:

Free Shuttlebus from Citifield-Willets Point 7 Train Station to the Museum 12-10:30pm. Please Note – No 7 Trains will be running this weekend between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza. Please take the E/F/M/R Trains to 74th Street-Jackson Heights and transer there for the 7.

11 – 2 pm
QI artist Lynley Bernstein“€˜s Fishing for the Elusive Snakehead, a 2.5-hour guided fishing trip in search of the infamous Snakehead fish identified by the city authority to inhabit waterways in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Once caught, it must be submitted to the city. Gear and Bait provided, meets offsite, and ends at the Museum. For more information and to RSVP, please email: exhibitions@queensmuseum.org

Video screenings of works by QI Taiwanese artists: Chang Chien-Chi, Chen Chieh-jen, Hsu Chia- Wei, Jun Yang and Yu Cheng-Ta in our Theater

2 – 4 pm
Poets in the Galleries: Tan Lin
The Poets in the Galleries series utilizes the Museum’s exhibition space as an invigorating site for exploration, interactive readings and discussions. For four Saturdays in November and December 2013, a different poet will conduct a lively presentation in response to the Museum’s current biennial of Queens-based artists, Queens International 2013. Meet in the cafe.

Today features poet Tan Lin. Tan Lin is the author of Lotion Bullwhip Giraffe, BlipSoak01, Ambience is a Novel with a Logo, Heath (Plagiarism/Outsource), 7 Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004 and The Joy of Cooking (2010). His work has appeared in numerous journals including Conjunctions, Artforum, Cabinet, New York Times Book Review, Art in America, and Purple. His video, theatrical and LCD work have been shown at the Marianne Boesky Gallery, Yale Art Museum, Sophienholm Museum (Copenhagen), Ontological Hysterical Theatre, and as part of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Soundcheck Series. Lin is the recipient of a Getty Distinguished Scholar Grant for 2004-2005 and a Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writing Grant to complete a book-length study of the writings of Andy Warhol. He has taught at the University of Virginia and Cal Arts, and currently teaches creative writing at New Jersey City University.

Poets in the Galleries Schedule and Participating Artists:
November 9: Tan Lin
November 16: Stephen Motika
December 7: Charles Bernstein with Susan Bee
December 14: Patricia Spears Jones


3-5 pm
Multicultural Welcoming & Blessing Ceremonies at our Parkside Entrance and Main Atrium, including: Aztec Blessing by Calpulli Cetilitzi; Andean Ceremony by Estudiantina NY; Taiwanese artist Chin Chih Yang will perform as a master calligrapher, Using a brush specifically designed for the occasion to create innovative calligraphy to render logotypes and lucky words for guests. QI artist Vlada Tomova’s New York Bulgarian Women’s Choir presenting a new piece A!Capella!Blessing!


2 – 4 pm 
Play Ping-Pong with Museum Director Tom Finkelpearl in Queens Museum’s Studio Program


3 – 6 pm
Queens Museum Studio Program – Open Studios


3 – 6 pm
Opening of Community Partnership Exhibition Program in the Werweiss Gallery: An Inclusive World, a group exhibition organized by COPE NYC, a program that examines how art transforms the lives of those with a wide array of needs and abilities, including performance showcase 5-6pm in the Theater.


4 – 5 pm
QI artist Joseph Heathcott offers Brooklyn-Queens Borderlands, a virtual guided walking tour along the Queens-Brooklyn border in the Panorama of the City of New York. While there you are welcome to enjoy the large scale photos of our buildings in various stages of construction, New York City Building Time Lapse, 2009 – 2013: Photographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao


5:30-6 pm
In the Main Atrium – Performance Rosa de los Vientos. Winds Rose. Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Neil Leonard celebrating the reopening of the Museum and the opening of Citizens of the World: Cubans in Queens in the new The Shelley and Donald Rubin Gallery.


6- 630 pm
QI artist Fujui Wang presents Hyper Transmission New York, a site-specific sound performance in the Atrium capturing locally sampled electromagnetic waves rendered in a specially devised directional speaker


6:30 – 8 pm
QI artist Matthew Volz’s Meanwhile Back in Queens…, a live concert in collaboration with the Juan Wauters with Carmelle Safdie near our new Gift Shop.


8- 9pm
QI artist Joro-Boro presents Smuggle Party, a participatory DJ performance mashing up collected tunes from museum visitors’ MP3 players


The Queens Museum Re-Opening Weekend is supported by Target. Reception sponsor Khajuraho Lite Beer.

Queens International 2013 is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, La Guardia Corporation, Ford Foundation, Contemporary Art Foundation, Target, and Holosonic Research Labs, Inc.

Additional funding provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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