April showers bring … mind-expanding art, and a dazzling opening ceremony.
Queens Museum will unveil its spring shows with everything from poems to symphonic music during a jam-packed launch party on Sunday, April 9, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Attendees will also get the opportunity to meet the exhibiting artists and check out the studios occupied by this season’s artists-in-residence.
Italian visual specialist Marinella Senatore, who has presented large-scale performances around the world, will get things going with Protest Forms: Memory and Celebration Part II at 4 p.m. This production, Senatore’s first in the United States, will begin inside the museum and then flow outside into Flushing Meadows Corona Park. More than 300 artists – including spoken word reciters, an Afro-Colombian bullerengue group, an LGBTQ symphonic band, and a chorus consisting of members of unions and activist groups – will do their things.
The extravaganza is actually part of Senatore’s exhibition Piazza Universale/Social Stages, which will open on this day, too. In it, she uses various genres to look at projects created in Spain, France, Italy and the U.S. between 2009 and today.
The museum will also unveil works by nine resident artists — ruby onyinyechi amanze, Andrew Beccone, Chris Bogia, Gloria Maximo, Ander Mikalson, Karolina Sobecka, Alina Tenser, Tuo Wang, and Bryan Zanisnik — who have occupied studios there from 2015 to 2017. Mary Ellen Bartley will introduce Library Copies, large-scale images generated with the books and copy machine from Beccone’s Reanimation Library, in Studio 5. (Housed in the museum, the Reanimation Library contains books culled from flea markets, give-away piles, library sales, municipal dumps, rummage sales, thrift stores, and used bookstores across the country. Visits are by appointment only.)
Other pieces that will go public on this day include the following:
Anna K.E.: Profound Approach and Easy Outcome, a series of site-specific commissions by female artists on the museum’s Large Wall.
Ronny Quevedo: no hay medio tiempo/there is no halftime, which features large-scale and cross-disciplinary works that visualize the ethos of global migration and displacement of peoples and cultures.
Commonwealth: Water For All, which displays prints developed by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, We Are the Storm (2015) and Wellspring (2016). They are presented with materials from the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.
For this special event, a free shuttle will run between the CitiField stop on the 7 train line and the museum.
Images: Queens Museum