New exhibit at Queens College

A newly opened exhibition at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College is highlighting contemporary artwork while continuing with the museum’s mission of reaching out to the diverse communities of Queens.
“Meditation in Contemporary Chinese Landscape” opened on October 15 and is being curated by Luchia Meihua Lee.
Lee began developing a relationship with museum director Amy Winter about two years ago when she invited Winter to participate in some panel discussions. Eventually Winter asked Lee to curate a show at Godwin-Ternbach and it was decided to relate it to nature.
Pieces by 12 Chinese artists are included in this exhibition. They are from Taiwan, China, Malaysia and the United States.
Winter said that the exhibition relates to the museum in that there was an exhibition of Asian art in 2003 that featured work from their permanent collection. However, she said those pieces were of older artwork and were more traditional than the ones now being featured in “Meditation in Contemporary Chinese Landscape.”
“This is new in that it’s working with contemporary artists but within the mission to speak to diversity and reach out to the community,” Winter said. “It’s very much about contemporary art and the reinterpretation of art by these artists.”
The artists featured in this exhibition are Arnold Chang, Lin Shih Pao, Chin Chih Yang, Huang Guori, Yo Yo Xiao, Cui Fei, Hai Zhang, Marlene Tseng Yu, Chee Wang Ng, Lin Pey Chwen and Yin Mei Critchell.
Winter also said that this exhibition fits into the museum’s mission of serving the diverse communities in the borough.
“This exhibition, at a time of China’s rising global influence, has multifaceted objectives. It will dynamically expose our community to contemporary Chinese art, a vital force in world art,” Winter said. “It will educate diverse audiences about traditional Chinese culture and its transformation by contemporary artists, giving insight into their fundamental reverence for nature and ecological harmony, which is so crucial for global survival.”
Works in the exhibition have been done in a variety forms. They include paintings, installation, digital, video and photography.
“I hope people see how dynamic contemporary Asian art is and how different it is from traditional art,” Winter said of the exhibition.
“Meditation in Contemporary Chinese Landscape” will be on display at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College through December 6. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The museum is located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, 405 Klapper Hall, in Flushing. For more information, call 718-997-4747 or visit https://www.qc.cuny.edu/godwin_ternbach.