NYC Bldg., Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Corona, NY 11368
Description: The Poets in the Galleries (PinG) series utilizes the Museum's exhibition space as an invigorating site for exploration, interactive readings and discussions. Join poet Patricia Spears Jones, who will conduct a lively presentation in response to the Museum's current biennial of Queens-based artists. Meet in the QM Cafe and then stroll through the galleries as the poet of the day selects key pieces to highlight, reads work along the way, and invites art and poetry lovers to participate in discussion throughout. This year's PinG series was curated by Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier, based upon a concept initially developed by Amir Parsa.
Born and raised in Arkansas, Patricia Spears Jones has lived in New York City since the mid-1970s where she has been involved in the city's poetry and theater scenes as poet, editor, anthologist, teacher and former Program Coordinator for the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church and Mabou Mines, the internationally acclaimed theater collective which is celebrating its 40th year. She is the author of Painkiller (Tia Chucha Press, 2010), Femme du Monde (Tia Chucha Press, 2006), and The Weather That Kills (Coffee House Press, 1995). Poetry After 9/11: An Anthology of New York Poets (Melville House Publications, 2002), Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam Anthology (Three Rivers Press, 2001), Blood & Tears (Painted Leaf Press, 1999) Journals: Barrow Street, Black Renaissance, Bomb, Crazyhorse, nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, Ploughshares, and TriQuarterly.
Venue Description: The Queens Museum of Art, located in the New York City Building in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, strives to present the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for those in the metropolitan area. Given its location, the museum makes concerted efforts to directly relate its programming to the surrounding contemporary urban life. This landmark remains a true piece of New York, as it is the only remaining building from the World's Fair. Shortly after its initial use, it became the recreation center for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and is still used in conjunction with the park today. Since its inception in 1939 for the New York World's Fair, the New York City Building has housed great works of art.
The Queens Museum of Art has an assortment of pieces including Tiffany lamps, windows, glass, and other items dating back to the early 20th century. Another popular long-term exhibit is the Panorama, originally built to celebrate the city's municipal infrastructure by simulating every building constructed in all five boroughs. Given the pace at which the city's skyline expands, work-intensive improvements have been made throughout the years to maintain the accuracy of the exhibit.
Educational programs for grades pre-K-12 and adults and seniors are offered throughout the year, including multi-session visits by a teaching artist or architect. Family programs and free drop-in art workshops are also available.
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