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Cheap Shots\Made in China: Beijing Bicyclists and Pedestrians Photograph Installation by Tommy Mintz


-- Native New Yorker Candidly Explores Everyday Life in the Chinese Capital;
On Exhibit at Queens College Art Center January 28–May 27 --

 

What:

Candid photos of everyday Beijing residents navigating their city. Curated by Tara Mathison Assistant Curator of the Queens College Art Center and co-sponsored by the
Queens College Art Department, Barbara Lane, Chair.

Where:

Queens College Art Center
Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Level Six
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY

When:

Friday, January 28–Tuesday, May 27, 2011

Artist's Talk/Reception

(in conjunction with spring exhibition EXPRESS+LOCAL):
Thursday, May 5, 5–8 pm; Artists' Talks with the Curator, 6–7 pm

Gallery Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9 am–8 pm; Friday and April 18–22, 25-26,
9 am–5 pm; closed February 11 and 21, weekends and holidays
Free and open to the public
Gallery Contacts: For more info: (718) 997-3770
http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/Art_Library/artcenter.html

FLUSHING, NY, January 14, 2011 – During a trip to Beijing in April 2009, New York-based photographer and performance artist Tommy Mintz shot a surreptitious series of images of pedestrians and bicyclists navigating a construction site in the fourth most densely populated city in China. A selection will be presented by the Queens College Art Center in the upcoming exhibition Cheap Shots|Made in China; Beijing Bicyclists and Pedestrians: Photograph Installation by Tommy Mintz on view Jan. 28-May 27.

A native New Yorker and avid bicyclist, Mintz became fascinated by the way pedestrians and bicyclists alike navigated Beijing. The installation Cheap Shots|Made in China: Beijing Bicyclists and Pedestrians explores ideas of commodity, voyeurism, and documentation of the mundane. Like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, and Robert Frank, Mintz explores cultural issues in society through his use of candid street photography and offers insight into the ordinary aspects of everyday life in China. Taking photographs of Beijing travelers on foot or bicycle, Mintz offers a view parallel to a typical New York street scene, strategically capturing citizens naturally expressing, what some feel to be, the best of the everyday. As photographer Robert Frank said,"Most of my photographs are of people; they are seen simply, as through the eyes of the man in the street."


 
Mintz has shown his work in numerous galleries in New York, around the country, and in China. He received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from Queens College, and currently teaches as an Adjunct Lecturer of Photography at Queens and Kingsborough Colleges of CUNY. Mintz's work has been seen most recently at the TNC Gallery, the Michael Steinberg Gallery, and the Gordon Parks Gallery in New York, and the Hillel Gallery of the University of Ohio. He has also shown at Iona Arts Center, New Rochelle; Sarah Lawrence College; the Flushing Town Hall; Pickled Art Centre, Beijing; and Gallery The, Brooklyn. For more information, please visit www.tommymintz.com.

Cheap Shots|Made in China; Beijing Bicyclists and Pedestrians: Photograph Installation by Tommy Mintz is co-sponsored by the Queens College Art Department and is presented in conjunction with Queens College's "Year of China." It runs concurrently with Express+Local: NYC Aesthetics (through June 30) and is free and open to the public. Images, as well as biographical and sales information, are available upon request. For information on additional events to be scheduled, please visit http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/Art_Library/exhibitions.html.

Visitors to Cheap Shots|Made in China; Beijing Bicyclists and Pedestrians: Photograph Installation by Tommy Mintz may also want to see Mansheng Wang: Art and Artlessness (February 15–May 27) at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum on campus.

For directions to Queens College, please visit http://qc.cuny.edu/?id=8PGB . For a campus map, go to http://qc.cuny.edu/?id=HL8R . (Rosenthal Library/Art Center).

The Queens College Art Center, founded in 1987, succeeds the Queens College Art Library Gallery established in 1960. In more than 200 exhibitions to date, the Art Center has shown masters like Alice Neel, Joseph Cornell, and Elizabeth Catlett, and introduced scores of artists from around the globe. Focusing on modern and contemporary programming expressive of the best art of our time, this display space presents the works of emerging and established artists in diverse media. Art Center exhibitions support the educational and cultural objectives of Queens College. The shared goal of the Queens College Art Center and of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College is to provide the means for participating in and upholding a democratic society through learning, adaptation, and critical thinking.


 
 

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