|COLLEGE: Art + Commentary by QC Alumni, 1937-2012 The Experience of Students Over Three-Quarters of a Century November 1 - December 21, 2013|
– Group Show Speaks to the School’s 75th Anniversary, Directly Addressing the Meaning of the College Experience for Its Students –
FLUSHING, NY, November 2, 2012 – Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Queens College, the QC Art Center invited all alumni to send in commentary and/or current art work—in all disciplines and media—concerning their experience at the school. Curators Tara Mathison, Suzanna Simor and Alexandra de Luise selected 17 of the most relevant submissions for COLLEGE, an enlightening group exhibition.
With Igeology—a portmanteau combining “ideology” and “igelit,” the word for plastic in the artists’ native Czech—Kristyna and Marek Milde (MFA 2007; artists/art professionals) focus on the dogma of consumerism, juxtaposing it with the labor-intensive, time-consuming art medium of handmade embroidery. The artist couple-collaborative say that their time at Queens College
. . . . was a period of transitions, where one truth quickly counterchanged another, a process of searching and discovering an understanding of what it means to be an artist. Looking back, we can say that it taught us to reflect on our work and enabled us to evolve and to continue to learn.
In The Soloists, Beatriz Rodriguez (BA English 2012; credit analyst, vocalist, dancer, photographer) uses her photos of individuals in their homes to explore the connection people who live alone—an increasing number of us—make with their personal space. Naomi Grossman (BA Mathematics 1971; artist) links the haunting and precarious figures of her art to the sense of dislocation and lack of control she felt during her college education.
In School Lunch, a pictorial essay, Lisa DeLoria Weinblatt (BA Fine Art 1987; art instructor/painter) documents the multicultural student life so characteristic of Queens College today, while CassetteGrid, by Celeste Balducci (BA Communications & Fine Art 1981; artist and curator, marketing, public relations), repurposes commonplace artifacts from her school era. Fred Adell (BA Fine Art 1981; wildlife artist) says his painting, The Hawk, hails the residence of the red-tailed hawk family on campus as “a visible indication of the college’s commitment to a better environment.” The Revolution/Main video by Peter Bonet (BA Economics 1971) is based on his experiences at the college during a time of social change.
The exhibition also includes work by Suzanne Benton (BA Fine Art 1956; artist); Brenda DeBonis-Lukes (BA Political Science 1982; unemployed); Leslie Shaw Zadoian (BA 1968, MA 1971; artist); paintings by Becky Franco (MFA Painting 2010; artist); Ronald Katz (BA Mathematics 1966; artist/educator); Judy Schneider (BA Fine Art 1978; artist); and prints by Esther Krichevsky (BA, Fine Art 1979; artist/educator). Some of these artists make powerful comments about the impact their education had on them.
Queens College was one of the most important influences on my life. My years at the college opened vast intellectual realms beyond my initial interests. The great historic transformations and events of the time—the Civil Rights struggles, the feminist movement, the Vietnam War—easily crossed classroom doors, challenged the world of abstract ideas and helped form lifelong habits of seeking alternative ways to see, to judge and to create. (Zadoian)
My time at Queens College centered me in the world as it has been and can be. …The broad education I received not only as a Fine Arts major’s two years of studio art and art history classes, but also the extensive liberal arts courses in English (poetry included), history, music, philosophy, and so on, heightened my interest and curiosity to reach beyond the borders of my American life. (Benton)
Rebecca Rushfield (BA Art History 1976) offers an incisive recollection of a formative college experience. Most poignantly, Carole Tain Soskin (BA English 1959), who was born in 1937, summarizes her life in parallel with the college’s.
Queens College did for me what college is, traditionally, supposed to do for students. It opened me to a variety of new experiences, both social and educational. . . . I think that both QC and I have flourished over the past 75 years.
The exhibition is co-sponsored by Queens College Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Alumni Relations Office, Art Department, and the Libraries.
COLLEGE is free and open to the public. Images, as well as biographical and sales information, are available upon request. For additional information, please visit
WHERE: Queens College Art Center (part of the Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Arts) Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library,
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing
Opening Reception and Curators’ and Artists’ Talks: Wednesday, November 7, 5-8 pm
Closing Reception and Curators’ and Artists’ Talks: Wednesday, December 12, 5-7 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 am–9 pm; Friday 9 am–5 pm; closed weekends and holidays.
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.