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Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum to Present Chance Encounters: Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, January 30–March 18, 2017

​FLUSHING, NY, January 19, 2017–On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and the 101st anniversary of Dada, we are pleased to announce the exhibition Chance Encounters: Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism. This survey of works on paper from the museum’s collection showcases 69 pieces by 23 major artists.

Chance Encounters: Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism began as an Art History course at Queens College, taught by Professor Edward Powers. True to the museum’s mission as a teaching collection, the course granted students direct engagement with the artworks. The students were instrumental in the creation of the exhibition, curating and providing the research and texts.

The exhibition will be organized by movement, with sections focused on Cubism (with work by Georges Braque and Fernand Léger), Dada (with work by Paul Klee and Hans Arp), and Surrealism (with work by André Masson and René Magritte). In addition, the exhibition will highlight the metaphysical work of Giorgio de Chirico and the influence of Surrealism on Abstract Expressionism as seen through work by Roberto Matta and Arshile Gorky.

A high point of this exhibition is Histoire Naturelle, 1926, a portfolio by Max Ernst, who was a key member of the Dada and Surrealist movements. The 34 prints in the portfolio were created with the innovative technique of frottage, or rubbing, by which Ernst transformed ordinary textures into fantastic creatures and landscapes with an attention to detail that recalls scientific drawings.

A cultural gem on the Queens College campus, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum boasts a
wealth of artworks from the 20th century. Chance Encounters: Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism includes significant donations from Joseph Brewer, the associate director of the Queens College Library in the 1950s and early advocate of the college’s art collection.

Chance Encounters: Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism is open Monday through Thursday, 11–7 pm, and Saturday, 11–5 pm. The opening reception will be on Wednesday, February 8, 6–8 pm, with a gallery tour led by Professor Powers. GTM staff and QC students will lead regular drop-in tours each Wednesday at 12:15 pm, which will include an interactive performance by MFA candidate Floor Grootenhuis.

A lecture by Emily Ripley, of the Queens College Costume Collection, on the influence of Cubism and Surrealism on 20th-century fashion will be held in the gallery in March. Additional information on public programs is available at

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is located in 405 Klapper Hall at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, in Flushing, Queens.
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, a part of Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, presents contemporary and historical exhibitions and programs that provide exciting educational opportunities and aesthetic experiences to the Queens College community and residents of Queens, Manhattan, and Long Island. As the only collection of art and artifacts in the borough, housing over 6,000 objects that date from ancient to modern times, the museum introduces visitors to works they might not otherwise encounter. Lectures, symposia, gallery talks, workshops, films, concerts, and tours as well as digital displays, catalogues, and an active website complement and interpret the art on view, to serve the needs and interests of local communities. All exhibitions and programs are free.

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