Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle
February 04 - May 20, 2012
Opening party February 4, 6 10 pm
Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle is the fifth edition of the Queens Museum of Arts biennial of artists living and working in Queens. The 31 artists included were selected from 650 online applications and hundreds of recommendations from participants in previous editions. They live or work in the Queens neighborhoods of Astoria, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, and Ridgewood. Typically for the borough, many of the participating artists or their parents hail from around the world-from Taiwan, Israel, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Russia, Lithuania, Japan, Tibet, and Uruguay, plus exotic locales like upstate New York, Kentucky, and Los Angeles. Some artists families have been living in Queens for generations. The show is also inter-generational, with participants ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s.
This year, themes the curators noticed while conducting studio visits became a significant part of the exhibition. Many artists across the age spectrum and from different national origins were working in forms of abstraction, both painting and sculpture. Many others were telling fantastical stories of other places and times through painting, video, and performance. Together, they seemed to be combining the rational and the emotional in a search for worlds beyond our own, while living daily lives saturated by technology.
The exhibition will be installed in three first-floor galleries at the Queens Museum. Three points can also represent the three curators (who together explored the geographical area that is Queens). But in fact, the subtitle originates with French Surrealist René Daumals unfinished novel Mount Analogue (1944), in which in close correlation with the thematics of the exhibition eight explorers use scientific knowledge and metaphysical powers to search for a magical mountain invisible to the human eye.
Karen Y. Chan
Jesse A. Greenberg
Claudia Peña Salinas
This exhibition was organized by Jamillah James (2010-11 Van Lier Fund Fellow), Larissa Harris (Curator, Queens Museum of Art) and Manuela Moscoso (2011-12 Van Lier Fund Fellow), and will be accompanied by a publication designed by Common Name.
Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle has been supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust, The Greenwall Foundation, and Target.
The Queens Museum of Art is housed in the New York City Building, which is owned by the City of New York. With the assistance of the Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and the New York City Council, the Museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, generous foundation and corporate supporters, Queens Museum of Art Board of Trustees, Advisory Committee, Members and friends.