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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 gtmuseum@qc.cuny.edu 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 gtmuseum@qc.cuny.edu to register and receive instructions on how to join us online.

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.

Godwin-Ternbach Event: Artist Talk with Azikiwe Mohammed

Creating Legacy Through Representation: A talk by artist Azikiwe Mohammed

Artist Talk
Tuesday, October 13, at 7:00 pm
Online via Zoom

One of the core elements of artist Azikiwe Mohammed’s practice is photography. In this talk for the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Azikiwe will be focusing on photography as document creator, photographs as objects both physical and mental and how telling stories in this space up brackets to the rest of his practice.

From traveling around the country on the Greyhound bus shooting, to his travelling free portrait studio, Azikiwe hopes to offer a look at what Black people look like as told by Black people, not to / at Black people, as is too often the case, with footnotes by him. The photographs are the footnotes.

Program is FREE and registrations are required.

Please email gtmuseum@qc.cuny.edu to register and receive instructions on how to join us online.

Godwin-Ternbach Virtual Exhibition: “Human|Nature”

A LIVESTREAM INTRO TO GTM’s VIRTUAL EXHIBITION
Featuring Co-Directors Louise Weinberg and Maria Pio
With Special Guest, Queens College President Frank Wu
Tuesday, September 29 at 7pm
Join us next Tuesday for a special livestream introduction and conversation around GTM’s current virtual exhibition with Co-Directors Louise Weinberg and Maria Pio, along with new Queens College President Frank Wu.
In its first virtual exhibition opening, Queens College’s GODWIN-TERNBACH MUSEUM is pleased to present HUMAN/Nature: Portraits from the Permanent Collection. Prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures have been selected to reveal the rich treasures held by the museum, many unseen for decades. From a Roman mask illustrating Silenus, the companion of the god Dionysus, 5th c. B.C., to photographer Ralph Gibson’s “New York” series of the 1990s, works in the exhibition reach far into the past and into the present.
This program will stream on KCA’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

MFA Group Exhibition: “Virtual Topologies”

You are invited to the virtual opening reception of this semester’s MFA group show! The exhibition features works by:  Cristina Ferrigno, Brianna Harlan, Cecilia Judge, Adam Nadel, Kseniya Ostrovska, Deja Patterson, Julia Sinelnikova, Cody Umans, Ryan Wilde, Alex Wong, Xiaoting Wu

Drawing out the boundaries of imagined social, political, and sexual cartographies, the unique voices of Queens college MFA students are blended in their first online exhibition: Virtual Topologies. See the exhibition on the Field Projects Website!

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