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Two exhibits at Queens Museum of Art
« on: December 08, 2007, 11:56:15 PM »
QMA presents New York States of Mind and Jaishri Abichandani: Reconciliations - Opening Reception, Sunday, December 16, 3 - 6 pm  http://www.queensmuseum.org/exhibitions/future.htm

New York States of Mind "...The exhibition and film program NEW YORK STATES OF MIND becomes an invaluable space through which to understand cultural mediation in the form of objects and moving images that stand as unique, intertwined testimonies of cultural transformations, produced by a set of gifted and trained observers. "

Jaishri Abichandani: Reconciliations  "Having left her home country of India when she was 14 to come to Queens, New York, Jaishri Abichandani knows what it means to reconcile different worlds. She has analyzed her relationship to those worlds through photography, her first medium, by using herself as a subject and then expanding to her family and immediate circle of friends who share her nomadic existence. In Reconciliations, an ongoing series of appropriated images of cities and landscapes culled from the Internet and photoshopped together, Abichandani has transferred the intimacy of her private life and the idiosyncrasies of her vision to the public realm of geopolitics."
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Queens Museum show reviewed in NY Times by Ken Johnson
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2007, 01:59:48 PM »
One of these shows was reviewed today (dec 21) in the NY Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/21/arts/design/21mind.html?ref=arts

Oh, say can you see? With its red and black stripes and black stars on a green field, David Hammons’s beautiful “African-American Flag” hangs high over the central exhibition space of “New York States of Mind” at the Queens Museum of Art.

Thus placed, the flag seems more than an elegantly mordant comment on race in America. It reads as the symbol of a separate country, a land where conservative American values are inverted, where liberal tolerance and reckless creative ambition thrive, and where dissent is valued as highly as consent. A country called New York City.

It is this view of New York that the curator Shaheen Merali wanted to frame when he organized this exhibition for the House of World Cultures, in Berlin, where he leads the department of exhibitions, film and new media, and where the show was on view earlier this year.

“The metropolis of New York differentiates itself from the rest of the United States in dialectical opposition,” announces Mr. Merali in his opaquely worded but politically obvious introductory wall text.

The show, which includes about 30 artists who live in or have lived in New York, is too small, narrow, uneven and confusing to live up to its grand idea. Focusing on cerebral, tendentious works, it comes off as more didactic and ideological than imaginatively adventurous. What’s more, it seems less about New York than about the trendy interests of the international curator set.

Still, this is an interesting, provocative exhibition. If you want to have a lively argument about the true nature of New York art, it’s a good place to start.

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Re: Two exhibits opening at Queens Museum of Art, Dec. 16 from 3 - 6pm
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2008, 03:39:56 PM »
These shows are closing on March 23, so if you didn't get to see them, here's your chance!

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Re: Two exhibits opening at Queens Museum of Art, Dec. 16 from 3 - 6pm
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