Event - (POSTONED) Sally Tallant and Tom Finkelpearl Talk

(POSTONED) Sally Tallant and Tom Finkelpearl Talk

06.02.20, 7:00 pm

In light of recent events, the Queens Museum has decided to postpone the talk scheduled for Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020. In this moment of great uncertainty and despair across the city and world, we recognize the ongoing violence affecting Black lives and would like to express solidarity with all communities fighting for justice.

One way to express solidarity is by giving to a local bail fund such as the Emergency Release Fund, Good Call Bail Out Fund and The Liberty Fund.

We would like to highlight a few of the local Queens-based organizations continuing to do important work that you can support. We’d love to hear from you about the groups, organizations, and initiatives that you are supporting in this time.


Caribbean Equality Project

Centro Corona

Chhaya CDC

Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo

CommonPoint Queens

Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)

Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, Inc.

Emerald Isle Immigration Center

La Jornada

Make the Road New York

MinKwon Center for Community Action

Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens CDC, Inc. Adopt a Family

New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)

Queens Community House

Queens Neighborhoods United

Together We Can Community Resource Center Inc.

Voces Latinas

This talk has been programmed in lieu of theQueens Museum’s Annual Gala, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Please join us to celebrate the Queens Museum together with our 2020 honoree Tom Finkelpearl, former New York City Cultural Affairs Commissioner. Even without the in-person event we want to  pay tribute to our 2020 honorees including Peter and Helen Warwick, art supporters, and the Queens Museum Studio Artists. 

Sally Tallant, QM Executive Director and Tom Finkelpearl, former New York City Cultural Affairs Commissioner will be in conversation with invited guests. They will discuss the Queens Museum’s past, present and future. Special guests appearances include Maria Canela, former Queens Museum New New Yorker program participant, Pedro Reyes, artist, and Sable Elyse Smith, artist and Queens Museum Trustee.

Click here to register for this Zoom talk

Sally Tallant is the President and Executive Director of the Queens Museum, New York. She was previously Director of Liverpool Biennial from 2011-2019 and Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London from 2001-2011. She has curated exhibitions in a wide range of contexts including galleries, museums, public spaces and non-arts contexts and is a regular contributor to conferences nationally and internationally. In 2018 she was awarded an OBE for services to the Arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Tom Finkelpearl has worked for three institutions for 12 years each: PS1 Contemporary Art Center in the 1980s and then around the turn of the millennium helping shape their merger with MoMA;  at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in the 1990s as Director of the Percent for Art program and then as Commissioner for six years under Mayor de Blasio, and as the Director of the Queens Museum 2002-2014.