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Visiting Artist Lecture: Dr. Wendy Gers

Join the Queens College Art Department for their QC MFA Artists Lecture Series:

Nov. 17 Tuesday 3pm, Zoom meeting.

Dr. Wendy Gers has delivered over 60 public lectures in 26 countries, taught internationally, and was Academic Director of the post-graduate research laboratory, La Céramique Comme Experience (CCE) at ENSA Limoges (2015-2018).
Gers is the recipient of a PhD from the University of Sunderland; MA in History of Art (cum laude); Advanced University Diploma in Information Studies and BA from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
She is a member of the NCECA Green Task Force, the Board of Directors of The Studio Potter (USA), and a Council Member of the International Academy of Ceramics.

Godwin-Ternbach Event: Family Day Virtual Workshop

Reflections: Exploring the Self through Portraiture

Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10:30am

Virtual Workshop

Please email to register and receive instructions on how to join us online.

Join us virtually on Saturday, November 7th from 10:30am to 12pm for a deeper look at portraits! We will be observing works of art from our current exhibition Human|Nature: Portraits from the Permanent Collection and creating our own self-portraits. This will be a fun, educational and engaging activity for children and their parents/caregivers. Program is recommended for children ages 6–11; however children of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend!

Program is FREE and registrations are required.
Please email to register and receive Zoom link.
Be sure to include number and ages of participants who will be attending the program.

Godwin-Ternbach Event: Artist Talk with Gina Minielli

Artist Talk
Wednesday, November 4, at 6:00 pm
Online via ZoomArtist and Queens College

Professor Gina Minielli will explore portrait photography in this engaging Artist Talk.

Portrait photography is the art of capturing the inherent character of your subject within a photograph. This art goes way beyond just clicking pictures of people. Gina will discuss her own journey of creating photographic portraits for the past three decades.

Program is FREE and registrations are required.

Please email to register and receive instructions on how to join us online.

Godwin-Ternbach Event: Artist Talk with Deja Patterson

Artist Talk
Wednesday, October 28, at 6:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Queens College alumna and artist Deja Patterson will address how the ideals of beauty have changed throughout the course of history. For centuries, Black women were only represented in portraiture as symbols of service and objectification.

Deja’s paintings reclaim the Black female nude. She also reclaims power against unrealistic societal standards through her work, in response to the fat shaming and discrimination she has endured as a 300 pound woman.

Program is FREE and registrations are required.

Please email to register and receive instructions on how to join us online.

QClass: Women and Minority Voices in the Arts

We are pleased to announce that our next session of “QClass,” an online performers series, will be on Wednesday, October 21 at 5 pm. Class is free and open to the public.
Panel Discussion: Women and Minority Voices in the Arts
Women and historically underrepresented people have contributed profoundly in the arts throughout history. Despite these contributions, the arts industry lacks their representation as a whole, and particularly at the leadership level. This QClass virtual panel discussion includes faculty and administrators from performing and visual arts departments at Queens College, who will:
  • highlight the contributions of women and underrepresented voices in the arts
  • bring awareness on the lack of their representation in the field
  • discuss ways to cultivate future generations of diverse leaders in the arts.
  • Chloë Bass, Assistant Professor, Social Practice, Art Department
  • Maria C. Pio, Co-Director, Godwin-Ternbach Museum
  • Julia Del Palacio, Director of Strategic Partnership and Development, Kupferberg Center for the Arts
  • Meghan Healey, Chair, Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance
  • Emily Wilbourne, Associate Professor, Musicology, Aaron Copland School of Music
Moderated by Jane Cho, Director of Administration, Aaron Copland School of Music.
RSVP (required): You will receive a Zoom link a few hours before the event. If you have any questions, please email

Art History Fellowship Opportunity at UMass Amherst

The MA Program in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a two-year Graduate Diversity Fellowship to support students from historically underrepresented groups in the history of art and architecture. The purpose of the fellowship is to support an M.A. candidate who seeks to pursue an academic or professional career in art history, but faces significant historical or economic barriers to further graduate study.
The Diversity Fellowship comes with a 20-hour/week position as a teaching assistant during the academic year for a duration of two years that will take to complete the program. This appointment provides the fellow with full tuition credit, 95% of health insurance costs, and an annual stipend of at least $20,000. For most students, this stipend is sufficient to cover local living expenses, including room and board during the academic year. The fellow will be eligible for professional development funds to help support an internship, coursework, travel, or a research project during the summer. The department will provide the fellow with mentoring as well as academic and professional support throughout their time in the program.
For more information:

Faculty Exhibition: Art of Our Century, “Forget What You Know”

“So the work of art resembles the perceived object: it is seen or heard and no definition or analysis, however valuable it may be afterwards as a way of taking stock, can ever replace the direct perceptual experience” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Art of Our Century gallery is thrilled to present a group show,  Forget What You Know, curated by expert art consultant Kourosh Mahboubian.

Participating artists include Chambliss Giobbi, Anthony Haden-Guest, Blake Hiltunen, M. Henry Jones, Dindga McCannon, Tyrone Mitchell, Marjan Moghaddam, Zahra Nazari, Sudi Sharafshahi and Khari Turner.

Forget What You Know is an exhibition about seeing,” says Mahboubian. “It’s about seeing with our eyes and our senses as an act of innate perception, without the constraints of conscious thought. The art’s meaning is presented to us in our experience of it, with no need for further critical analysis to appreciate it.”

The socially distanced opening reception will take place over three afternoons, Thursday October 15th, Friday October 16th and Saturday October 17th, from 4 to 7 pm each day. Masks are a must. Wine and hand sanitizer will be available to gallery guests.

This exhibition brings together the disparate oeuvres of ten artists working in different media into an environment intended to stimulate and please the viewer’s senses, much as would happen if one were to take a walk in a beautiful garden.  Each artist’s work is somehow connected to that of one or two others in the group, but not to all of them. There is also the ever present sense of a collective unconscious that we are all connected to. When the pieces are seen together in one space, the perception given is that of a unified, cohesive body of work that inherently makes sense.

Chambliss Giobbi’s collages and melted Crayola paintings capture impressions of our  unconscious perceptions of things. We can delight in his melted crayon miniature copies of famous paintings even as we struggle to recall the appearance of the original works. His collages capture impressions of their subjects from different angles and moments in time, causing our eyes to keep scanning in search of new expressions.

Anthony Haden-Guest incorporates humorous social commentary into cartoons. He self-avowedly tries to express the inexpressible and sometimes the unspeakable by making it funny and good to look at.  Placing his cartoons on mirrors, he forces us to laugh at ourselves as we envision our failures and shortcomings.

Blake Hiltunen’s surreal sculptures reinterpret figurative objects as though they have been subjected to the collapsing time, space and gravity of an alternate reality. The works, which begin as whole, detailed figurative objects, have some of their original material removed, warped, or altered in such a way as to reflect the imagined outcome of a transformation through a natural catastrophic event.

M. Henry Jones’ work exists on the threshold of perception. His Fly’s Eye imagery shows us the world through technology that imitates aspects of the image recognition mechanism of a dragonfly. Using arrays of lenticular optics, he fragments visual reality in order to reconstruct it in a different place, allowing us to see three-dimensional photographic imagery without the use of special glasses or goggles.

Dindga McCannon incorporates unconventional materials into textile constructions that draw their subject matter from the history of unsung African-American women heroes. Her art is part quilting, part sculpture, part collage, part painting, part beading and part embroidery, bringing together the traditional life skills she was taught as a young woman with those she acquired through her lifelong commitment to being an artist.

Tyrone Mitchell’s sculpture comes from an abstract tradition, shared with artists like David Hammons and Martin Puryear, in which the story of the African American experience, rather than its imagery, is the key to everything. He manipulates forms and materials, using combinations of distinct everyday objects and abstract shapes made of wood, metal, fabric or other materials, in such a way that it pulls one into the story.

Marjan Moghaddam’s computer generated scenes of transmogrifying digital humanoid creatures interacting with the real world challenge our ideas of what is and what can be. Her work explores Being, through digital embodiments.

Zahra Nazari curves and twists calligraphic-like lines of light and darkness into translucent, airy, seemingly living and breathing paintings and sculptures that depict very real architectural structures. Her works are further characterized by a twisting of space that leaves us feeling like we are visiting her structures in our dreams.

Sudi Sharafshahi uses stylized figuration in her paintings, multimedia images and ceramic sculptures to dramatize the humanness that binds us together when we experience the joys, struggles and tedium of daily life. She imbues her subjects with universally understood emotional expressions that make them instantly relatable.

Khari Turner’s multimedia paintings on paper, wood or canvas engage us in a search for missing connections. They do this both literally in the abstract spaces we see connecting the figurative elements of his images, and figuratively in the implied desire for a bridge connecting the past we have experienced to a future we hope for.

– Kourosh Mahboubian, October 2020

Forget What You Know runs through November 15. Regular hours are Thursday to Sunday 2 pm to 6 pm, and by appointment. Masks always a must.

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