Exhibitions - Nine


04.09.17 – 08.27.17

2017 Queens Museum Studio Program Exhibition

Twelve adults of different genders and racial backgrounds pose for a group portrait in a swanky living room scene. The adults are dressed in suits and formal gowns. The room has black and white striped floors, a number of lounge chairs and sofas, framed art, diamond chandeliers and crown molding.

Image: Tuo Wang, Addicted, 2017, single channel HD video, 20’30". Courtesy the artist

Nine features the artists who took part in the Queens Museum studio program between 2015 and 2017. Although the artists were selected as individuals, certain ideas link the work in this exhibition. In the first gallery, Andrew Beccone, Chris Bogia, Karolina Sobecka, and Alina Tenser each re-envision objects from the realm of learning and display to ask questions about the limitations of the body and of knowledge. In the second gallery, formal issues in artmaking—such as surface, dimension, monumentality, movement, and material—mix with questions of identity in works by ruby onyinyechi amanze, Gloria Maximo, Denniston Mikalson, Tuo Wang, and Bryan Zanisnik. In the case of almost all of the artists, the artworks on view were made while they were part of the Studio Program.


Parallel to the Studio Program exhibition, collaborative presentations and performances will be presented by the current cohort of Social Practice Queens. Students in Social Practice Queens (part of the Queens College/Queens Museum MFA program) share a studio at the Queens Museum. Collaborative presentations and performances arose out of the current cohort and will be presented parallel to Nine.


Social Practice Queens (SPQ) is a unique MFA Concentration and Post-graduate Certificate Program bringing together the resources of an academic research institution, Queens College (City University of New York: CUNY), with the long-standing community-based activism of the Queens Museum. As part of the partnership, students in the program share a studio at the Queens Museum. For this exhibition, Social Practice Queens presents a series of events on reimagining and reformatting social organization. Artists include Alix Camacho Vargas, Floor Grootenhuis, Paula Frisch, Tara Homasi, Zaid Islam, Jeff Kasper, Julian Phillips, Erin Turner, Uno Nam, and Pedro Vintimilla.


June 11, 1-5pm: Art As A Tool For Resistance


• Resistance Theater led by Julian Philips and Zaid Islam. Workshop and activity book on resistance with photos by Islam.
• How To Protest: A Tool Kit with Floor Grootenhuis, Tara Homasi, Zaid Islam: What do you need to bring to a protest? What are follow up actions?
• Debtbank by Alix Camacho Vargas and Jeff Kasper: A surreal bilingual (Spanish/English) resource desk where you can ask question or answer your neighbor’s queries about debt.


June 25, 1-5pm: Building Shared Identities


Mosaic Metaphor led by Paula Frisch and Pedro Vintimilla: Participants piece together a mosaic and social sculpture.
Estructuras Penetrables led by Alix Camacho Vargas and Jiemin Yang: Participants reshape and transform wearable buildings or interiors as more actors join in.
Collecting Gestures Of Empathy performed by Floor Grootenhuis
You Don’t Know performed by Uno Nam: A musical performance with moving images.

Participating Artists

— Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze

— Andrew Beccone

— Chris Bogia

— Gloria Maximo

— Denniston Mikalson

— Karolina Sobecka

— Alina Tenser

— Tuo Wang

— Bryan Zanisnik


Nine: 2017 Queens Museum Studio Program is made possible by The Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. Social Practice Queens programming is supported by Surdna Foundation and The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Special thanks to our collaborators at Queens College.


Exhibitions at the Queens Museum receive significant support from Ford Foundation and the Charina Endowment Fund. 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, Lambent Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, The Kupferberg Foundation, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.