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Queens Collects: 60 Years at the GTM Exhibition Oct. 22 - Dec. 17 at Queens College Showcases the Best of 6,000 Artworks

FLUSHING, NY, October 14, 2016 – An unexpected cultural gem on the Queens College campus, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum boasts a wealth of artworks spanning the globe from antiquity to modern times. A new exhibition, Queens Collects: 60 Years at the GTM, on view October 22 through December 17, showcases donations from the past decade and selections from the best of more than 6,000 artworks in its extraordinary collection. A celebration of 60 years of GTM collecting, the exhibition highlights artworks donated by its founders—beloved art historian Frances Godwin and celebrated art restorer and connoisseur Joseph Ternbach. Among their gifts are cylinder seals and figurines from Mesopotamia, ancient Greek red- and black-figure ceramics, and icons from across a range of ancient cultures.

European art that will be on view includes Medieval devotional ivories, enamels, and paintings, work from the School of Peter Paul Rubens, 17th-century Dutch landscapes, still-lifes and genre scenes, and religious and secular Renaissance and Baroque paintings and sculpture, complemented by Rembrandt, Dürer, and Piranesi prints among other masterworks. Modern paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints include highlights by major artists such as Avery, Burri, Chagall, and Nevelson. An entire section devoted to portraits will include the prints of Goya, Whistler, Manet, Morisot, Matisse, Kokoschka, Kollwitz, Shahn, and Warhol, along with 19th- and 20th-century photographs by Cameron, Abbott, Cunningham, Morgan, and others.

On dazzling display will be a selection from the museum’s collection of 300 pieces of ancient and antique glass—core-made to hand blown to mold-made—from Egypt, Syria, Greece, and Rome, and 15th–17th-century Venice and Germany.
The exhibition will also provide a survey of the museum’s rich collection of African ceremonial art, textiles, ceramics, stone, and metalwork from pre-Columbian cultures; religious and secular art from South and East Asia; intricate textiles from Southeast and Central Asia; and some truly outstanding examples of Islamic art from the Middle East. Coptic Egyptian textiles, Buddhist statuary, celadon Chinese ceramics, and Mayan figures only hint at more treasures in this exhibition.

Queens Collects: 60 Years at the GTM is open Monday through Thursday, 11 AM–7 PM and Saturday, 11 AM–5 PM. Special extended hours for alumni homecoming weekend are Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 11 AM–6 PM.

Tours and discussions on art collecting from the perspective of individuals, artists, and the museum itself will be led by Collections Curator Elizabeth Hoy and Education Curator Brita Helgesen. A schedule of talks will be posted online at after the opening of the exhibition. Special talks will investigate the history of the museum and its founders and examine art collecting today.
A benefit on Wednesday, October 26, organized in conjunction with the exhibition, will honor GTM director and curator Amy Winter on the occasion of her retirement after 15 years.  Since her arrival in 2001 the museum has thrived, growing into the teaching museum and educational institution intended by its founders, and mounting multiple exhibitions a year that have engaged both the community of Queens College and the residents of the borough.
This evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and presentations honoring the museum founders and Winter will include a silent auction of specially donated artworks and private museum tours of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the GTM. For information on purchasing benefit tickets, online bidding for the silent auction, and other questions, please contact Brita Helgesen at 718.997.4724 or
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 the borough of Queens and neighboring 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 many individuals 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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