Opening Night! Three Points Make a Triangle & Frank Oscar Larson at QMA

Los Galeristas were in the house for the opening night party Saturday night for Queens International: 2012 &  Frank Larson 1950’s New York Street Stories.

David Strauss, Director of External Affairs QMA welcomes the Cre8tive YouTH*ink Crew to Queens International 2012.

Talk about the VIP treatment! David Strauss, Director of External Affairs greeted us at the door of the museum and immediately escorted us on a backstage tour, introduced us to  Tom Finkelpearl, QMA’s Executive Director, and spoke with us about his role at the museum and the selection procession resulting in the 31 artists represented this year. I wonder, how many Galeristas will make the next the QMA Biannual in 2014?

Tom, of course was thrilled to hear that our very own Ayeisha Brown, hails from the borough of Queens, which got me to thinking about my favorite Queens-bred art and music world luminaries – like Art Spiegelman, Robert Mapplethorpe,  Salt-N-PepaWaka Flocka FlameWalt Whitman and of course, RUN-DMC and The Ramones.

We later met and spoke with Eugenie Tsai, Managing Curator, Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, who agreed to talk to Taz Sunshine about her work there. Keep an eye out for that feature coming soon. 

The Ghana Think Tank, and Tania Brugera’s Immigrant Movement International

Recent QMA projects, like The Ghana Think Tank, and Tania Brugera’s Immigrant Movement International contribute to an evolving dialog about what it means to be an urban cultural institution institution supporting public artists, and are helping to expand and redefine the very concept of community.

Below is a clip of our visit – it was a very special one!

Music Children by Robert Miles

We’d also like to thank Perana Reddy, Director of Public Events, who made sure that the Galeristas left loaded down with enough catalogs for the ones who stayed at home, who are now regretting not making it to this opening.

I wonder what’s in  store for us the Queens Museum of Art?

One ove – Mista Oh!

NYC Street Photographer’s 1950s Photos Found, Headed To Queens Museum Of Art

Via Gothamist by Jen Larson
Starting February 5th and running through May 20th, the Queens Museum of Art will be showing off the work of photographer Frank Oscar Larson, who documented the streets of New York in the 1950s. They’re in possession of “several thousand historic negatives hidden from sight for 55 years,” and will bring 65 of them in print form to their “1950s New York Street Stories” installation. Larson was a Queens banker who had a “lifelong passion for photography” and yielded a tremendous images of everyday life in 1950s New York.

Hell's Kitchen by Frank Larson courtesy of the Queens Museum of Art

Know Your Rights! Cre8tive YouTH*ink and Tania Bruguera’s Immigration Movement International

Story by Alicia Prieto and Mista Oh! – Photos by Nibor, Tashonna and Mista Oh! Know Your Rights by the Clash

Cre8tive YouTH*ink commemorated May Day 2011 in Corona, Queens with Cuban-artist Tania Bruguera on Make A Movement Sunday.

]Immigrant Movement International is an artwork and a social movement by Tania Bruguera and presented with support from Creative Time and Queens Museum of Art.

Last January Tania Bruguera moved to Corona, Queens,  in order to explore the conditions facing immigrants and their political representation. Her goal for this project: to meaningfully engage the community in building coalitions of people and organizations invested in redefining how immigrants and immigration are treated worldwide!

Alicia, Tashonna, and Tineal, along with Nibor and Mista Oh!, gathered with members of the community at Immigrant Movement International’s headquarters in Queens, at 10:30am for a DIY workshop to make pro-immigrant buttons, posters, and silkscreened t-shirts in support of The Rally for Immigrant and Labor Rights at Foley Square scheduled for later in the day.

After a hot lunch was served and water bottles distributed, the group, drums-a-beating, and proudly displaying their pro-immigrant slogans, colorful posters, buttons and t-shirts, boarded the 7 train towards Manhattan.

In the subway uring the ride downtown, Bruguera led the group in a “Mobile Workshop in Public Space”.  Talking with strap-hangers on the train, we told them about our immigration stories and invited them to tell us about their own. We also gave out immigrant-made stickers from the members of the QMA’s New New Yorkers program. Working our way downtown, with a transfer at Grand central Station, we arrived at Foley Square to find the rally already in full swing.

Writes Alicia P. from cre8tive YouTH*ink,  “…the place (Immigration Movement International storefront headquarters) was small and the vibe was positive. I’ve always viewed political movements as angry, heated things – and that’s what I expected. Instead, here I saw see people working together – quietly talking, and making posters. The many kinds of different people involved, reminded me of how immigrant rights issues affect everybody.

During the workshop, and the ride on the “7” train to the Rally, I talked to immigrants from Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Italy, Jamaica, and Mexico. I concluded that there is absolutely nothing that differentiates the needs of one immigrant group from another. We are all equally underrepresented and condemned for our drive to thrive in America as an American.

This day confirmed for me that everybody has something to offer us, and that I welcome and celebrate the diversity around me. Through mixing arts with politics, we can organize and unite people around common goals, and that we can all do something for us – all of us. Maybe that’s what the “us” in United States really means. — alicia p.

One Love – Mista Oh!

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