Today the folks at JFK Airport unveiled a new sculpture on permanent exhibit inside Terminal 4. The Bulgarian-born artist Dimitar Lukanov created the art piece, which is titled “Outside Time.” The steel and aluminum sculpture is 30 feet wide by 15 feet high and is almost completely airborne. According to a press release, it “serves as a poignant sendoff for the millions of air travelers that pass through the building.”
“Outside Time” is the second of a three-part art installation to be installed by Lukanov at Terminal 4. In 2006 he created “Light to Sky” and was commissioned to create this piece for the Terminal in 2012. His third art piece will be installed by April, 2014. “Outside Time” is located on the 4th floor departures level after the TSA checkpoint. Check out a few more photos of the work after the jump.
There will be movies from around the world — and around the corner. On March 4th, the fourth annual Queens World Film Festival will kick off a six-day moving image rampage of everything from feature films to shorts. Attendees can check out a dazzling selection of foreign flicks from such exotic ports of call as Belgium, Iran, India, Spain, Kosovo, Switzerland and Vietnam and enjoy the work of 18 borough-based auteurs. Like-minded films will be blocked together and will roll at Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image, The Secret Theatre and Nesva Hotel in Long Island City and PS 69 in Jackson Heights. The fun starts with an opening night party featuring the world premiere of the director’s cut of the of 2014 Academy Award-nominated documentary The Act of Killing. Directed by English-born Joshua Oppenheimer, the movie portrays his country’s national guilt potentially exhumed by a love of movies.
Auburndale produced an unlikely innovator in the art world in the mid-20th century: shadow box and collage artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972), who over four decades lived in a small frame house on Utopia Parkway south of Crocheron Avenue. Cornell and his family moved to Bayside from Nyack, NY after the death of his father in 1917, and after a few years, moved again to Utopia Parkway.
Beginning in the mid-1930s, Cornell made wooden boxes about one to two feet high and filled them with found objects: photos of birds, buttons, corks, newspaper clippings, jars, photographs, toys, theatrical poster fragments and other relics he found in junk shops and flea markets. His art was played out, it seems, from a desire to break away from his Queens life. He would create hommages to places he’d never been, movie stars like Jennifer Jones and Lauren Bacall and 19th-Century ballerinas, which were a favorite subject. His pieces were named whimsically: one of his first works, Untitled (Soap Bubble Set) features a lunar map, a doll’s head, a glass holding an egg, and four small cylinders, two of which picture medieval artwork depicting the planet Saturn…but no pictures of soap bubbles. His box lids were often covered with old maps. His work spanned the art movements of surrealism and abstract expressionism, and his whimsical and melancholy pieces have also been considered a precedent to the pop art of the 1960s. His art films initially aroused the jealousy and ire of Salvador Dali, who nonetheless became a friend.
Though he lived a somewhat solitary life with his mother and brother Robert (who had cerebral palsy), and never married, Cornell was no recluse: he kept up a voluminous correspondence with artistic and literary lights such as Marcel Duchamp, Susan Sontag, Yoko Ono, Marianne Moore, and Tony Curtis. His fame built gradually; he was well-respected in the 1930s, well-known by the 1940s, and celebrated by the 1960s, though he always lived modestly. Several Cornell pieces are on permanent exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art.
This week Oakland Gardens’ PS 213 held its annual International Fair, in which students celebrated all the different cultures represented in the school. The Times Ledger attended and took some wonderful pictures of the six different dance performances, which included Korean circle dancing, Latin American bullfighting dancing and Israeli line dancing. The school has hosted the two-day event for seven years now — on the first day the focus is on learning about different societies around the world and the second day is dedicated to the dance performances. Students began preparing for the dances way back in October, and parents volunteered for hundreds of hours to organize, decorate, and provide all the costumes.
Open Engagement, an annual free art conference based in Portland, is heading over to Queens! The conference, which explores different perspectives on art and social practice, will be based at the Queens Museum, with additional programming at the New York Hall of Science, Queens Theater in the Park, Immigrant Movement International, and various other locations in New York. It’ll last three days, from May 16th to May 18th, and feature open houses with NYC organizations supporting social art, keynote speakers, and collaboration between 200 artists and presenters from around the world. Best of all, the whole event will be free and open to the public. Open Engagement will announce details on programming this March.
If you’d like to contribute to the three-day event with proposals for presentations, projects, performances, tours or panel ideas, go here. And if you are interested in hosting an out-of-town artist during the conference, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MoMA PS1 just selected the architect to transform the museum’s outdoor courtyard this summer. And the winner of the 15th annual Young Architects Program in New York: David Benjamin with the firm The Living. The pavilion, dubbed “Hy-Fi,” is made up of a circular tower of organic bricks made from corn stalks and living root structures. According to the Times, the material is “growing from and returning to the earth with almost no waste, energy needs or carbon emissions.” Here’s the architect going into detail about the design:
The organic bricks are produced through an innovative combination of corn stalks (that otherwise have no value) and specially-developed living root structures, a process that was invented by Ecovative, an innovative company that The Living is collaborating with. The reflective bricks are produced through the custom-forming of a new daylighting mirror film invented by 3M. The reflective bricks are used as growing trays for the organic bricks, and then they are incorporated into the final construction before being shipped back to 3M for use in further research. The organic bricks are arranged at the bottom of the structure and the reflective bricks are arranged at the top to bounce light down on the towers and the ground. The structure inverts the logic of load-bearing brick construction and creates a gravity-defying effect—instead of being thick and dense at the bottom, it is thin and porous at the bottom. The structure is calibrated to create a cool micro-climate in the summer by drawing in cool air at the bottom and pushing out hot air at the top.
The piece will also provide shade, seating, and a water feature. It’ll open in conjunction with the PS1 Warm Up Series in late June. Check out more renderings after the jump!
URZUA Queens Performing Arts, based in Jackson Heights, just launched a crowdfunding campaign to support its comprehensive arts program. URZUA offers free training to kids in dance, singing and acting — it is the only program of its kind based in Jackson Heights. The organization hopes to raise $2,500 over the next 12 days for equipment to improve the studio like ballet barres and mats for acrobatics class. If you are interested in donating, check out the fundraising page right here.
Socrates Sculpture Park is hosting its first Manhattan exhibit in over two decades. It’s called Fact of the Matter and features sculpture work from nine different artists; five art pieces were specifically created for this exhibit. According to Socrates, “Fact of the Matter is a special exhibition that explores the intimate and, at times, difficult relationship that is forged between material and artist.”
Because of the recent snow, the opening reception was pushed back to Tuesday, January 28th, 6 to 8 pm at the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery. The gallery is free and open to the public daily from 8 am to 6 pm. This particular exhibition will be on view through May 16th, 2014. Find all the details here.
Thanks to the Court Square Blog for a heads up about an upcoming 5Pointz art show. On January 19th, 5Pointz will host a show at the Gold Coast Art Center in Great Neck featuring the artists Meres One, Zimad, See TF and Kid Lew and John Paul. It’s curated by the director for the Gold Coast Art Center, Jude Amsel. The event is free and also includes a cocktail reception. It’ll be held from 3 pm to 5 pm at 113 Middle Neck Road.
The community group One Flushing posted the above photo of a recent ribbon cutting held at the Main Street-Flushing Long Island Rail Road Station. The 40th Road entrance now boasts the community mural “Flushing’s World Fair.” According to One Flushing, “The mural seeks to beautify Flushing and support the business community’s demand for greater infrastructure investment. Volunteers cleaned up and provided an additional clear coating to protect the mural from vandalism and pollution.” Local businesses and community members raised funds to install the work, designed by the artist Lady Pink. Lady Pink worked with the community for several weeks to put it up — check out tons of photos of the mural progress and the final product right here.