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Recent Museum Acquisitions: Work by Dürer, Max Ernst, Beardon


Maria Terrone
Executive Director of Communications
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Maria Matteo
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— Includes 15th Century Paintings and Work by Dürer, Max Ernst, Braque, and Miró —

FLUSHING, NY, September 29, 2004 – The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is proud to present a free exhibition of over 100 artworks generously donated to the museum by Queens College alumni and friends since 1998. The exhibition opens on October 13 and continues throughout the semester. “We are delighted to share these works with the community in the same spirit as they were shared with us by our alumni and friends,” says Dr. Amy Winter, director and curator of the museum.

Coyote Priest, Mexico,
ca 600-900 A.D.

The artworks were carefully selected from more than 500 objects. Highlights include two totem poles from New Guinea depicting ancestral bird spirits, as well as “gope boards”– shield-like representations of ancestral spirits used as oracles in tribal rituals. A selection of prints from the 1926 portfolio Histoire Naturelle displays imagery by famed Surrealist Max Ernst, in advance of a retrospective of his art opening at the Metropolitan Museum this April. Ernst’s collage drawings, created some years earlier from rubbings of wood, stone, leaves and other natural materials, playfully re-invent nature in a way that is anything but naturalistic. In the process, Ernst also introduced classic surrealistic icons like the gigantic floating eye that René Magritte would later appropriate. Dr. Winter will lecture on this portfolio and another by well-known German Expressionist Karl Hofer (1878-1955) on Wednesday, November 17–one of a series of lectures offered to the public free of charge. See below for the complete list of lectures.

Other works on display include two woodcuts by the 15th-century German master Albrecht Dürer; a Gothic head of the Virgin Mary from 15th-century Spain; textiles from Pre-Hispanic Peru; prints by famous masters like Braque, Miró, Hiroshige, and much more.

Quilting Time,
by Romare Bearden

The museum is taking advantage of this occasion to display paintings, prints, and drawings from Spain and Latin America. These were selected from a group of 53 artworks given to its permanent collection by The Lannan Foundation in 1998, a major supporter of the visual arts in America. The Godwin-Ternbach was one of 500 museums to benefit by The Lannan Foundation’s museum gift program established in 1995 to disperse the Foundation’s collection of modern and contemporary art.

The exhibition will also display “Recent Restorations,” two late 15th-century Flemish landscape paintings that were restored with support from the Lower Hudson Council on Conservation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

“We recently won another award from the Lower Hudson Council to restore a 16th-century Dutch painting in our collection,” says Dr. Winter. “We are eager to show these works and the magical transformation that occurs with proper treatment. We want our viewers not only to enjoy these works, but to learn about the fascinating field of preservation and restoration.” To this end, the exhibition will have a special section devoted to this display and subject, as well as a lecture by conservator Alexander Katlan, who worked on the paintings.

The Queens College art collection began as far back as the 1930s with donations from the WPA’s Federal Art Project, and has continued ever since. “My gallery talk on October 27, ‘Objects and Donors–Continuing the Tradition,’ will focus on that very topic,” says Dr. Winter, who will discuss the history of giving as well as the objects themselves. “We also want to use this occasion to thank all our donors and friends for helping to enrich our collections and show how far their gifts can go in making a difference in the cultural life of our community.”

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). Regular gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 am–7 pm; and Saturday 11 am–5 pm.

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, the only museum in Queens with art from ancient to modern times as well as the only museum within the City University of New York, houses more than 3,500 works of art. These 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. The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, officially established in 1981, had its genesis in the Queens College Art Collection.

Drawing on its extensive and varied works, loans of artworks from other collections, and the rich educational resources of Queens College, the museum offers a dynamic schedule of changing exhibitions and programs. Through its outreach, art education programs as well as publications, lectures, music, films, and workshops are made available to individuals of all ages.

For more information about the exhibition or lectures series, call 718-997-4747;
718-997-4724 or visit our Web site:

Godwin-Ternbach Lecture Series: Recent Acquisitions, 1998-2004

Wednesday, October 27        12:30 pm, Museum Gallery
Amy Winter, Director and Curator, Godwin-Ternbach Museum
Director’s Tour: Objects and Donors–Continuing the Tradition

Wednesday , November 3        12:30 pm, 401 Klapper
William Clark, Professor, Queens College Art Department
The Virgin Queen of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum: A 15th-century Head of the Virgin Mary from Spain

Wednesday, November 10        12:30 pm, 401 Klapper
Allen Rosenbaum, Director Emeritus, Princeton University Art Museum
The Collector’s Quandary: Issues of Connoisseurship and Attribution in Fine Art

Wednesday, November 17        12:30 pm, 401 Klapper
Amy Winter, Director and Curator, Godwin-Ternbach Museum
By Chance or By Design: Max Ernst’s Histoire Naturelle and Karl Hofer’s Zenana

Monday, November 29        12:30 pm, 401 Klapper
Alexander Katlan, Conservator, MA, MFA
Restoring the Past: Treatment and Care of Paintings in the Godwin-Ternbach Collection

Wednesday, December 1        12:30 pm, 401 Klapper
Barbara Lane, Professor, Queens College Art Department
A Response to Mel Gibson: The Passion According to Albrecht Dürer

Wednesday, December 8        16 pm, 401 Klapper
Carlos Molina, PhD Candidate, Columbia University
Huellas del Pasado (Footprints from the Past): Andean Textiles in Pre-Hispanic Peru

This exhibition and lecture series have been made possible, in part, by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Friends of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.


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