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GODWIN-TERNBACH MUSEUM SHOWCASES MUSIC-INSPIRED WORK
BY QUEENS ARTISTS AND MASTERS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
-- Exhibit Open for Three Weeks, July 18–August 4 at Queens College --
FLUSHING, NY, June 29, 2005 – Music and the Visual Arts: A Multicultural Celebration,
showcasing the rich cultural diversity of Queens and work by the borough’s award-winning and emerging artists, will be on view from July 18 to August 4 at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum. This lively exhibition is being held in conjunction with the first annual Queens College Summer Fest, a music and arts festival taking place on the Flushing campus on Sunday, July 31, from noon to dusk.
The 100+ artworks in this exhibition relate to the theme of music, abstractly or directly. More than 50 are the work of Queens artists, whom the public is invited to meet at a special Museum reception on Tuesday, July 19, from 5-7 pm. The remainder of the artworks are selections from the Museum’s permanent collection, including objects from ancient times to work by such modern masters as Marc Chagall and pop superstar Roy Lichtenstein.
Music and the Visual Arts highlights the work of artists living and working in communities throughout the borough—from Astoria, College Point, and Jamaica to Long Island City, Rego Park, and Sunnyside. “This was our first ‘call’ for work by Queens artists since 2001,” says Amy Winter, director and curator of the Museum. “We discovered such an immense store of talent that we look forward to many more shows of this kind.”
According to Winter, “There’s something for everyone here.” The whimsical Diva and Kachina-- two brass, iron, and steel sculptures by Anne Stanner--are a fine counterpoint to the large-scale Color Music abstraction of Michael Poast’s welded iron forms. Subtle tempos of notation in wood by Manhee Bak play well against an airy installation specially designed for the exhibition by Sheila Manion-Artz, while the colorful improvisations and inventions of Beth Bailis, Janya Barlow, Deborah Brand, and Marilee Cooper find their musical muses in bagatelles, caprices, and fantasies.
Jitterbug by Claude Clark
Viewers will also discover suites of paintings and drawings that respond to specific musical forms. Angular rhythms and arabesques merge in the cool jazz geometries of Michele Bonelli; strains of a one-line lullaby flow through the panels of Cora Jane Glasser; color pulses in the Debussy-inspired canvases of Matthew McDonnell; fusions of blues and bebop stream from the horns of jazz greats in the collages of Nancy Miller. Those who like their art straight up will find satisfaction in photographs of street festivals and musicians by Miguel Torres and Norma Greenwood and in a five-part pastel drawing of a local jazz band by Rikki Asher.
Among the best-known artists included in the show is the celebrated Lady Pink (a.k.a. Sandra Farber), whose status in the worlds of hip-hop and graffiti art in the late 1970s won her a role in the independent film Wild Style and brought her art notoriety citywide. Born in Ecuador, Lady Pink first won distinction as “a female who could compete with the boys in the graffiti subculture,” while creating paintings, illustrations, and, ultimately, public murals that depicted life on the mean streets. In cartoon-like renderings of explosive form and color, Pink expresses her vision of a garish, post-millennium world from the critical perspectives of gender, class, and race. Her work, in the collections of the Brooklyn, Metropolitan, and Whitney Museums, is collected and exhibited worldwide.
“This exhibition is central to our community mission and our commitment to the vital and flourishing visual arts scene in Queens,” Winter says. “We’re very excited about presenting the work of our borough’s artists and participating in the Queens College Summer Fest, which introduces the abundant offerings of all the arts on campus.”
In the upper gallery, selections from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum's collection depict music and images of dance and celebration from various cultures. "This is also a wonderful opportunity for the public to view the 1930s WPA Arts Project prints that were donated to us by Audrey McMahon, co-founder of the project," Winter comments. Included in this group are etchings and woodcuts by well-known artists like Raphael Soyer and African-American artist Fred Becker (whose works, included in the current show, were the only WPA prints selected for the 1936 landmark MOMA exhibition, "Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism"). Also on view are prints by lesser known artists of Mexican and European descent who thrived under the Roosevelt administration's patronage. This "art for the people" shows such period images as dance halls, concerts, floor shows, and fiestas-wherever people gathered to express the joy or pain of life through music.
Still Life with Music Sheet by Braque
Displayed alongside these are festive depictions from other eras such as musical angels, caroling singers, and operatic scenes by old masters such as Albrecht Dürer and Jacques Callot; 19th-century illustrated musical scores; modern renditions of musical elements like Still Life with Music Sheet by Cubist master Georges Braque; and concert and festival posters by the likes of Marc Chagall and Roy Lichtenstein. Ceremonial music objects from ancient and tribal cultures include terracotta whistles, flutes, and rattles, while images of musicians and dancers from Bali, Ceylon, and Japan add a graceful note and communicate the universal embrace of music by artists of all cultures and times.
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is located in Klapper Hall, Room 405, on the campus of Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Queens (Exit 24, LIE). Summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 am–5 pm. Music and the Visual Arts can also be viewed on Sunday, July 31, from 11 am – 7 pm, during Summer Fest. Admission is free.
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is the only museum in Queens with a comprehensive collection of art from ancient to modern times. Its more than 3,500 works include Egyptian, Greek, and Asian antiquities, and pre-Columbian, African, and Pacific culture artifacts. Roman and Islamic glass, Renaissance and Baroque sculpture and decorative arts, as well as paintings and drawings by masters of all periods highlight the collection. Officially established in 1981, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum had its genesis in the Queens College Art Collection.
Drawing on its extensive and varied collection, loans of artworks from other museums, and the rich educational resources of Queens College, the Godwin-Ternbach offers a dynamic schedule of changing exhibitions and programs. The Museum’s art education programs, publications, lectures, music, films, and workshops are available to individuals of all ages.
For more information about the exhibition, call 718-997-4747; 718-997-4724 or visit our Web site: www.qc.cuny.edu/godwin_ternbach.
This exhibition has been made possible, in part, by public funding from the Office of the Queens Borough President, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, contributions from the Queens College Student Association, and the Friends of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.