Exhibitions - Queens Art Intervention: Dwelling

Queens Art Intervention: Dwelling

10.28.17 – 11.14.18

Community Partnership Exhibition Program

A photo collage made up of images from community-based art projects. The images include artist and community members ranging in age, gender, and racial background interacting with different installations. Including, tea ceremonies, talks, murals, and interactive sculptures.

Exhibition on View from December 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018 at the Partnership Gallery.


Schedule of Activities:
2-3pm: Meet the artist, interact with each piece, and share your ideas on dwelling from multiple angles.
3-4pm: Be one of the first 50 people to show up for a free sit-down lunch. 
Note: You have to agree to the set of instructions you are given before you are allowed entrance to the lunch. And, of course once we reach 50 no one else will be allowed entrance.

Social practice installation artist Yvonne Shortt has ideas, writes grants, sometimes gets funding, and then implements those ideas, often in public spaces. Four years ago Ms. Shortt had the idea of sharing some of her funding with other artists to create more impact in more places on the streets of Queens, New York. Queens Art Intervention, QAI for short, was born.


QAI consists of artistic interventions that happen between the artist and the community every September over one or two weekends. This December, QAI 2017 is going from the streets of Queens to the Queens Museum.


The interventions are commissioned and based on a research project developed over one year by Ms. Shortt and her social practice studio, RPGA Studio, Inc. This year’s theme is Dwelling. The 2017 research project included a collaborative design and build of a mobile tiny house that upon completion was transformed into a tea and Zen garden catalyzing conversations around feminine dwelling.


The Museum exhibition will highlight the research project and commissioned interventions with interactive installations that extend the work, impact, and longevity beyond the streets of Queens.


Commissioned interventions include:

  • Grace in Dwelling
  • Entristecido
  • hos·pi·tal·i·ty
  • Uprooted II: An Ode to the 1.5 Generation
  •  Blanket
  • Bed as home
  • The Hestia Project
  •  Dwelling with Thousands Windows
  • What’s Up with LIC?
  •  Nepantla
  • Home Is Where the Heart Is

Participating Artists

— Carla Lobmier

— Domenica Garcia Corazón

— Deborah Wasserman

— Keka Marzagao

— Christine Lee Tyler

— Fotis Flevotomos / Vicky Spachou

— Joan Becht Willette

— Niizeki Hiromi

— Priscilla Stadler / Grace Jean

— Lisandra De Fraga

— Michael Kannisto 


This exhibition was made possible by Queens Council on the Arts, Richard West, Elsie Chapman, Carmen Shortt, Awesome Foundation, Nannearl Blackshear, and Culture Push.