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Exhibition Commemorating 96th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide on View at Queens College Through June 30

-- Books, Photos, Posters, Memoirs and Other Primary Source Materials from Collection of Political Science Professor Hratch Zadoian, Whose Parents Are Genocide Survivors --

FLUSHING, NY, May 6, 2011 – Between 1915 and 1922, 1.5 million Armenians were massacred on orders of the Ottoman Turkish Government – the first genocide of the 20th century.  An exhibition commemorating the 96th anniversary of this tragic period in world history is now on view in the Barham Rotunda on the 3rd (main) floor of the Queens College Rosenthal Library through June 30.   

“GENOCIDE:  The Armenians 1915-1922” includes books, press clippings, photos, posters, eyewitness accounts, survivor memoirs and other original source materials on loan from the personal library of Political Science Professor Hratch Zadoian to honor his parents, who survived the genocide.  Zadoian also made a donation of funds and books to start building the college’s collection on Armenian history and culture. This will be available for use by the campus community, researchers and the general public. 

Queens is considered to have the highest concentration of Armenians in the New York metropolitan area. “Prof. Zadoian’s collection of materials on the history and rich cultural legacy of this vital community will help us further develop our library resources to support the teaching and research mission of the college,” says Robert Shaddy, QC’s Chief Librarian. “Without such resources, we cannot understand and learn from the lessons of the past.”

While on campus, visitors to this exhibition may also want to see:

“EXPRESS+LOCAL: NYC Aesthetics” at the Queens College Art Center, sixth floor of the Rosenthal Library:  Showcasing the interaction between artists and the borough of Queens, the exhibition is the culmination of a unique residency program that brought together 15 artists

from diverse disciplines who shared gallery space for one month at a time from late January through April. A primary aim of the project was to document the artists’ creative response to the city and, specifically, the borough of Queens.  The Art Center is also showing “Cheap Shots|Made in China; Beijing Bicyclists and Pedestrians: Photographs by Tommy Mintz” and “INTERIOR: Paper Installation by Suzanne Morlock.” All three exhibitions run through June 30.

At the Godwin-Ternbach Museum:  “Mansheng Wang: Art and Artlessness” (through May 27)a retrospective of over 70 works including landscapes,  botanical studies, iconic Buddhist imagery, and calligraphy, as well as Wang’s ink and color works on paper and canvas.

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