08/29/13 2:00pm

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Polish-born painter Janice Biala (1903-2000) was known for her intimate interiors, powerful landscapes and personal portraits of famous artists she befriended, such as Willem de Kooning. Living in New York City and Paris, she was part of the abstract expressionism and modernism movements that transformed 20th century art. On September 12th, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum will open Biala: Vision and Memory, the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s seven-decade career. The exhibit will feature 50 paintings, collages and drawings as well as books by English author Ford Madox Ford for which Biala provided illustrations and photographs. Plus, a biographical documentary, which was filmed in Biala’s studio in 1994, will continuously screen. On opening night, guest curator Diane Kelder, a professor emerita of art history at CUNY Graduate Center, will lead a walk-through. Then, Kelder, art critic Mary Maxwell, Biala’s estate curator Jason Andrew and Godwin-Ternbach Director Amy Winter will lecture on Biala and related topics before the exhibit closes on October 27th.

Details: Biala: Vision and Memory, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College’s Klapper Hall, Room 405, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, September 12th through October 27th, 11 am to 7 pm (Monday through Thursday) and 11 am to 5 pm (Saturday), free. Click here then scroll down for information on lecture dates and times.

Photo courtesy of Godwin-Ternbach Museum

08/27/12 3:00pm

Image source: 1940s New York

Have you ever heard of Nassau Heights in Queens? Today, it’s known as Middle Village. Did you know that Woodside was once called Woodside-Winfield? Welcome to 1940s New York, when the Queensbridge Houses were a new development, and Astoria was a predominately Italian and German neighborhood (the Greek population didn’t peak until the 1970s). (more…)