We checked up on the Queens Museum at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, just before its opening celebration on Saturday, November 9th. The space is undergoing a $68,000,000 renovation and expansion which includes new galleries, artists studio, event spaces and a grand total of 105,000 square feet. Pictured above, the entryway facing Grand Central Parkway. Grimshaw Architects totally redesigned the facade; once it’s complete it will be illuminated and very glassy. (See a rendering here.) Grimshaw designed a second new entrance, complete with an expanded outdoor space, on the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park side of the structure. This entrance will serve as a direct entry to and from the park, allowing visitors easy access to both the surrounding green space and the museum itself. Both entrances will be connected by a new, skylit atrium. Click through for lots more exterior shots, including the progress on the entrance facing the park.
The Queens Museum announced the date for its reopening celebration: Saturday, November 9th. The museum will unveil its $68,000,000 expansion, which includes new galleries, artists studios and event spaces, as well as kick off a month of special programming. Check out the exciting schedule right here — it includes an inauguration by the New York Bulgarian Women’s A capella Choir, brand new art exhibits, a two and a half-hour guided fishing trip through Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and open studio hours. Can’t wait!
It’s so much fun it stops traffic! On Tuesday, the Louis Armstrong House Museum will close off 107th Street for automobiles and host its annual Jazzmobile summer block party. The event will kick off at 4 pm with a crafts workshop hosted by the Queens Museum of Art, followed by story time with English teacher/author Mick Carlon, who will read excerpts from his book, Travels with Louis, and a hula hoop extravaganza with The Hoop Movement. All the while, gourmet food truck Gorilla Cheese NYC will sell its line of specialty and grilled cheese sandwiches. The live music will start at 7 pm with New York style Latin jazz by Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet, a legendary group that mixes African-Caribbean rhythms with the harmony and improvisation of American jazz.
Details: Jazzmobile Block Party, Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street, Corona, August 20th, 4 pm – 9 pm, free.
Amreeka tells the story of a Palestinian mother who wins a Green Card in a lottery and relocates the family from the West Bank to a Chicago suburb. This funny-but-poignant independent movie debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival before National Geographic Entertainment bought its rights. On April 18, Amreeka will kick off Cinema of Immigration at the Queens Museum of Art. This 10-week series explores the immigrant experience in the U.S. through films that reflect ethnic and cultural diversity. Mark Ethan, an Actors Studio member who has been presenting films at QMA since 1998, will introduce each screening and lead discussions afterward. After opening night, the following films will screen: American, American, April 25; In America, May 2; Anna, May 9; A Better Life, May 16; I Remember Mama, May 23; and The Wedding Banquet, May 30.
The NY Times City Blog spells it out in black and white – the Queens Museum of Art will change its name to simply Queens Museum, as part of their current expansion. They will change their logo, too, which is currently this:
The Queens Museum of Art has recently issued and open call for their Queens International 2013, an annual exhibition (since 2001), “a biennial of artists living and/or working in Queens which brings together the vibrant borough though contemporary cultural production in all media.” The submission deadline is May 12, 2013; the exhibition runs October 2013 – February/March 2014.
Image source: Grimshaw and the Queens Museum of Art
We enjoyed seeing the Grimshaw Architects artist’s renderings of the Queens Museum of Art expansion, over on the Arch Daily site. The Museum expects the expansion, which started in April 2011, to be done by October 2013, and cost $68 million. It will double the Museum’s original size, too. (more…)
Know-it-alls can be very annoying, but in this event, they are essential. Participants test their mastery of NYC geography against the experts during the sixth annual Panorama Challenge at the Queens Museum of Art on February 28. The world’s only geographical trivia-based game involving the world’s largest architectural model, The Panorama of the City of New York, the challenge involves audio clues and laser-pointers highlighting assorted NYC landmarks, bridges, neighborhoods, parks, etc. Teams — divided into New York Novices and Panorama Pros — try to identify all 30 locations as per rules set by the quizmaster, Jonathan Turer from Levys’ Unique New York. The winning teams in both divisions are added to QMA’s Champions Trophy. Though the competition is fierce, this is actually a charity event, and all proceeds go to Williamsburg’s City Reliquary Museum, a nonprofit community museum and civic organization.
Now that we are in the final stretch of 2012, the “best of” lists are starting to come out. Time Out New York has put together their list for the top attractions in Queens, and here are the winners (with our own descriptions):
CitiField – This is a great stadium to see a ballgame, and we prefer it to Yankee Stadium, also a new ballpark. The views from all over the stadium are great and it feels like it was created on a very human scale. Their food is also excellent – Shake Shack and Blue Smoke come to mind immediately. Congrats again to R.A. Dickey of the NY Mets, for his Cy Young Award this past year.
We mentioned yesterday about the unfortunate flooding of works in the Noguchi Museum’s residual collection, and it got us thinking… where do you like to see art? Do you prefer large scale art like you’d see at Socrates Sculpture Park (or the amazing Panorama of the City New York at the Queens Museum of Art – have you seen it?). Are you more interested in classic or contemporary art? Or perhaps public street art? We’d love to know. Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity.