Fall Exhibitions Opening
Oct 6 2019
Join us for an opening celebration of the Queens Museum’s new Fall 2019 exhibitions:
Recognize My Sign
During a career that lasted just over a decade, Nicolas Moufarrege (1947–1985) created a unique body of embroidered paintings in Beirut, Paris, and New York City. Mixing references to Classical sculptures and Baroque paintings with comic book heroes, Islamic tilework designs, Pop Art, and Arabic calligraphy, Moufarrege’s unique work has been brought together again for the first time in thirty years.
The Art of Rube Goldberg
The Art of Rube Goldberg celebrates the work of one of the most influential comic illustrators of the twentieth century. Chronicling all aspects of Goldberg’s 72-year career, from his earliest published cartoons to his invention drawings, the exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to trace the progression of his artistic development.
My Blue Window
QM-Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellow American Artist presents My Blue Window, a multimedia installation that continues Artist’s exploration of institutionalized racism. The exhibition focuses on predictive policing software technologies, which send police to patrol purported “high risk” crime zones before incidents are even reported. Though these digital tools appear to be neutral, My Blue Window reveals how they reinforce the racial bias in law enforcement.
Fade Into Black: Sit, chill, look, talk, roll, play, listen, give, take, dance, share
Manufactured in Latin America and South East Asia, cotton t-shirts travel north to be printed, worn, and discarded, then travel south again in bulk to be sold in the second-hand markets of Mexico City. Mexican artist Pia Camil has sewn them together and imported them again as a massive curtain-like artwork. Sit on the carpet or on stuffed jean sculptures and ask yourself: how does a t-shirt’s message change when it travels across borders?
Beverages provided by Mikkeller Brewing NYC
Images in order of appearance:
Nicolas Moufarrege, The Fifth Day, 1980. Thread and pigment on needlepoint canvas. 51 x 64 inches. Collection George Waterman III.
Rube Goldberg, Rube Goldberg Inventions United States Postal Service Stamp (included on sheet of “Comic Classics” stamps), date unknown. Sheet of USPS stamps. Artwork Copyright © Rube Goldberg Inc. All Rights Reserved.
American Artist, still from 2015, 2019, Single-channel HD video, 21:38 minutes.
Pia Camil, Fade into Black, 2018. Courtesy the artist and the Savannah College of Art and Design.
The Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship Program for Emerging Artists in New York City is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation. Carpet for Pia Camil, Fade Into Black: Sit, chill, look, talk, roll, play, listen, give, take, dance, share generously provided by Mohawk Group. Special thanks to Galería OMR, Gensler, Blum & Poe, and Mexican Cultural Institute New York. The Art of Rube Goldberg was conceived by Creighton Michael; developed in cooperation with Heirs of Rube Goldberg, LLC, NY, NY; and curated by Max Weintraub. Tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Sign is organized by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and curated by CAMH Curator Dean Daderko. CAMH’s presentation was generously supported by Nabil and Hanan Moufarrej and Khaled Salem. Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Sign at the Queens Museum is made possible by support from Claudia Audi, the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, and Joumana Rizk. Additional support provided by Nayla Hadchiti and Judi Roaman and Carla Chammas. 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 Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Lambent Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation. The official hotel sponsor of the Queens Museum is Boro New York.