On March 13, 2022, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, join us for an opening celebration of the Queens Museum’s Spring 2022 exhibitions! Brief walkthroughs with exhibiting artists will run from 2:30pm-4pm.
***Masks must be worn in the Museum at all times***
Organized by Stamps Gallery, University of Michigan, this is the first survey of renowned transmedia artist Stephanie Dinkins, who creates platforms for dialogue about artificial intelligence as it intersects race, gender, aging, and our future histories. Dinkins’ practice encourages action towards making artificial intelligence systems more inclusive and transparent via art production and exhibition, community-based workshops, and public speaking. This exhibition debuts three new works that build on her manifesto Afro-now-ism published in June 2020: Binary Calculations Are Inadequate to Assess Us (2021), a neon sculpture that spells out the word “Afro-now-ism”, and #Say It Aloud (2021). These installations will be paired with renowned and critically acclaimed works, such as the interactive video installation, Secret Garden (2020), which for this iteration is site-specifically reconfigured to be presented alongside The Panorama of the City of New York.
This thematic survey is a major presentation of the work of pioneering public performance and social proactive artist, Suzanne Lacy. With works touching on issues such as violence against women, racism, labor rights, poverty, and aging, the exhibition spans four decades, from Lacy’s earliest solo performances to more recent large-scale community-based works that bring together diverse participants to share their stories. The Medium is Not the Only Message takes a critical look at two fundamentals of Lacy’s practice: personal narrative and conversation. Throughout her career, Lacy has explored individual agency and the production of selfhood in relation to collective networks as an approach to subverting oppressive cultural narratives and their attendant conditions. The resulting body of work, rooted in intersectional feminism, reveals a careful innovation of relationality and shared awareness. The works exhibited at the Queens Museum have been selected for their resonance to the local context of Queens, and the Queens Museum’s current commitments and relationships to community organizations, artists, advocates, and other hyperlocal stakeholders.
Christine Sun Kim
Christine Sun Kim uses the medium of sound in various forms including performance and drawing to investigate its relation to spoken language and the aural environment. Kim’s site-responsive project, Time Owes Me Rest Again (2022), is a mural on the monumental 40 x 100-foot wall encasing the 9,000-square foot Panorama of the City of New York. A dynamically choreographed group of drawings represents the hand motions (signs) for the five words in the title (“time,” “owes,” “me,” “rest,” “again”) in American Sign Language (ASL). Reenacting the physical and psychological articulation of ASL, each word involves the signing hand coming in contact with the signer’s body. These drawn notations echo and bounce off each other to render a lethargic feeling drawn from the societal and systemic inequity that persists between Deaf communities and the hearing power structures. Time Owes Me Rest Again also reflects upon the unease and fatigue induced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.
Schedule of Exhibition Walkthroughs
– 2:30pm: walkthrough of The Medium is Not the Only Message with Suzanne Lacy
– 3:15pm: walkthrough of On Love and Data with Stephanie Dinkins
– 4:00pm: walkthrough of Time Owes Me Rest Again with Christine Sun Kim
Beer sponsor: SingleCut Beersmiths.
Food will be available for purchase from Cambodia Now, one of the most popular food vendors of Queens Night Market.
On Love & Data is made possible by lead support from Meta Open Arts.
The Medium is Not the Only Message is made possible in part by lead support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Metabolic Studio. Major support is provided by Shelley Frost Rubin, the Stardust Fund, and Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia.
Time Owes Me Rest Again is presented with support from Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins.
Image: Installation view, Stephanie Dinkins, Secret Garden (2021), three-channel interactive video projection with six-channel audio, depth cameras, computers. Courtesy of Stamps Gallery, University of Michigan.
Major funding for the Queens Museum is generously provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Booth Ferris Foundation, the Lambent Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the TD Charitable Foundation.
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