“Too close to sun, wings melting in the heat
our fathers dive-bombed here, no small feat
like Junot said – he’s el Jefe at home,
a janitor in Queens – epic, unsung poems
of immigrants, dethroned: no laurel wreaths
to crown their humbled heads, no time to rest weary feet.
And I’d wonder: how many fish were sold to buy my clothes?
Do fish have dreams…do fish have souls?
In Jamaica, Hollis, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights,
apas sweat all day & umas pray in lonely nights
to countless Gods above the littered street,
who murmur in many tongues against defeat.
Ishle Yi Park, Poet Laureate of Queens
Excerpt from Queens Crown Sonnet
Queens International 2006: Everything All at Once
Queens International 2006 is the third installment of the Queens Museum of Art’s biennial survey of Queens-based artists. This year, 52 artists and two collaboratives weigh in on American culture, the politics of war, contemporary feminist issues, spirituality, the environment and a host of other subjects close to the hearts of many local residents. The multiplicity of experiences and ethnicities that coexist side by side in this borough is matched by the myriad approaches employed by the artists in Queens International 2006. Narrative, documentary, performative and conceptual strategies are explored with materials as broad ranging as mountaineering rope and incense sticks to cake frosting and motel towels.
Driven by the local/international flavor of the museum and given the astonishing cultural diversity of the borough, a conscious effort has been made to avoid arranging this exhibition by theme, national origin, or aesthetic affinity. What results is an incarnation of the biennial befitting of a subtitle that could just as easily describe the borough from which it was born – Everything All at Once.
Additionally, for the first time, Queens International incorporates an exhibition within the exhibition. An exploration of everyday life in the borough as seen through the eyes of 38 local photographers who have focused on the rich complexity of life in Queens, The World in a Picture/The World in a Borough brings the exceptional, the familiar and the exotic, together in a singular tapestry of the chaotic but incomparably rich worlds that exist here.
The exhibition catalog will be available in the Museum Shop in October.
Participating artists: Queens International 2006: Manuel Acevedo, Elia Alba, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Blanka Amezkua, ichael Antkowiak, Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock, Judith Barry, Cayetana Carrión and Camila Valdeavellano, Gigi Chen, Shen Chen, Anne Chu, Martha Colburn, David Dempewolf, Sjoerd Doting, Anindita Dutta, Yukari Edamitsu, Paul Galloway, Linda Ganjian, Orly Genger, Jesus Gonzalez Gutierrez, Debra Hampton, Joshua Abram Howard, Andrew Hur, Ran Hwang, Taeseong Kim, Fawn Krieger, Gwenessa Lam, Miyeon Lee, T. Charnan Lewis, Norma Markley, William McMillin, Yin Mei, Wardell Milan, Jason Mones, Ivan Monforte, Natalia Nakazawa, Renzo Ortega, Jihyun Park, Sophia Peer, Antonia Perez, Lucia Pizzani, Helen Quinn, Anita Ragusa, Sara Rahbar, José Emilio Rodríguez, Nola Romano, Gina Ruggeri, Judith Sloan, Amanda Sparks, Still Present Pasts (Injoo Whang, Ji-Young Yoo, Yul-san Liem, Grace M. Cho, Hosu Kim, Hyun Lee, Carolina McNeely), Jaret Vadera, Mary A. Valverde, Alejandra Villasmil, Anahita Vossoughi
The World in a Picture/The World in a Borough: Paul Anthony Melhado, Marga Carmona-Carriedo, Michelle Cheikin, Mark Chesnut, Jason A. Cina, Stephanie Diamond, Carlos L. Esguerra, Elizabeth Felicella, Rosalie Frost, Mary Teresa Giancoli, Anders Goldfarb, Enrique González Ibarra, Irv Gordon, Audrey Gottlieb, Edward Grazda, Tamara Gubernat, Tony Hamboussi, Belenna M. Lauto, Corky Lee, Barbara E. Leven, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Gary Matson, Evie McKenna, Pierre Obando, Lina Pallotta, Carolina Peñafiel, Carol Pereira, Paulina Perera-Riveroll, Lourenso Ramautar, Susannah Ray, Sandra C. Roa, Rebecca Robertson, Orville Robertson, Sara Rychtarik, Greg M. Stowell, Deborah Straussman, Sookjin Suh, Tom Warren
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, the New York City Council, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Department for the Aging and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Legislature, the New York State Council on the Arts, New York Council on the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Blumenfeld Development Group, Ltd., the QMA’s Board of Trustees, Art Asia Pacific and Arte al Dia International
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