A group exhibition of nine Korean-American artists who have been living and working in the United States. Their artworks embody diverse and dynamic philosophies depicted using materials such as colorful pigments and stitched threads that symbolize diversity and represent a connection between cultures.
Opening Reception: FRI, SEPT 13, 6-8 PM
Gallery Dates: FRI, SEPT 13 – SUN, SEPT 29
Gallery Hours: SAT & SUN, 12-5 PM; weekdays by appointment
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members & Students
Recent Flux Factory Artist-in-Residence, poet and designer Dew Igworia, has been working on a series of party dresses that celebrate and honor cherished garments that she collected over years, which helped form her identity. These dresses connected her to a realm of fantasy and an expansiveness of self, but were lost in the removal of a storage unit due to financial insecurity. Recreating these garments summons not only a multiplicity of Igworia’s selves, but meaningful friendships and life trajectories that, even if never realized, still hold weight in memory and fondness.
Party Dress Party and Dew Igworia’s practice seeks to understand the feminine body. Through textiles and garments, she investigates the material process of moving from a girl to a woman, as well as the slippage between these two states. How is personal style used to define these categories, and how does celebration itself shift for feminine people both individually and collectively? Party Dress Party is also a tribute to a joyous masculinity that was embodied by Igworia’s father and brother; The two central men in her rearing, who opened space for her to choose how she exists within femininity.
The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC based museums. The theme of this year’s Museum Day is the Smithsonian Year of Music, celebrating music as a reflection of human creativity and innovation as well as a key method of communication and cross-cultural exchange and understanding. The Smithsonian Year of Music crosses disciplines, bringing together music-related resources in art, history, culture, science, and education. At HMTC’s state-of-the-art museum, you can view one of the “instruments of survival,” an accordion donated by Holocaust Survivor Alex Rosner. Rosner learned to play the accordion while imprisoned and attributes his musical talents to his survival. Rosner and his father spent time at Oskar Schindler’s factory prior to their deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau and are depicted in the 1993 film Schindler’s List.
Swing by for a FREE tour of the Queens Historical Society during regular hours on Saturday, September 21 from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
-Taken from Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Website
Flux Factory presents an exhibition of works by two current Artists-in-Residence, Amir Badawi and María Lulu Varona. Each uses colorful embroidery thread to arrive at radically different ends. A quiet medium, both in its delicacy and in the time it takes to produce an object from tiny strands, it is a material that encourages deep looking.
Puerto Rican artist, María Lulu Varona works with a cross-stitch technique to produce short narratives, done in an 8-bit style referencing classic video games and comic strips. Made of cotton thread and Aida cloth, each work is made up of between three and 23 frames and is presented as a scroll, table cloth or on clothes.
Varona employs a sensitive curiosity to address themes of becoming, transformation and human relations with our environment. She sees space and color are her main instruments for story telling; color as character and essence. These are works of love, and in the meditative silent process of making them, she finds comfort to think, feel and envision possible futures.
Amir Badawi‘s work on the other hand uses the language of abstraction to elicit contemplation and play; referencing the aesthetic lineage of Lee Bontecou, Ernesto Neto, Senga Nengudi, and Roberto Matta. Made of thin metal wire and rods, meticulously wrapped with cotton thread, Badawi’s compositions are slight and airy, and often seem to float against a white background. Playing with negative space, and by using directed lights, the sculptures make shadows that extend and double the compositions, which shift and change as the viewer moves through the gallery.
Badawi takes inspiration from nature, mathematics, and the background noise of every day life. His artistic process is driven by improvisation and non-verbal thinking, allowing an exploration of material to weave together with trains-of-thought to produce otherworldly skeletons, plants, micro-organisms and other tendrils of imagination.
Enter the camp of Company K of the 67th NY Infantry for a day of Civil War Living History at Fort Totten, where you can walk in the footsteps of Union soldiers and discover all aspects of life in the 1860s. Interact with the 67th NY and learn of lives of the soldiers they imitate: what they thought, how they ate, how they were clothed, how they fought, and how they endured through the greatest war in America’s history. For more information, visit the 67th NY Infantry’s website at www.newyorkcivilwar.com.
RSVP at www.baysidehistorical.org/events-1/living-history-at-fort-totten
Inspired by the high-horizon, miniature style paintings cultivated in Southeast Asia between 15th – 18th centuries, this exhibition of illustrations and writing by Symin Adive explores the hierarchies of family, class, race, gender, belief, and sexuality through grounded contemporary scenes in the life of a young immigrant as they grow to understand their “place” in relation to their family and community.
Gallery Dates: FRI, OCT 4 – SUN, OCT 20
Gallery Hours: SAT & SUN, 12-5 PM; weekdays by appointment
Artist Talk: FRI, OCT 11, 6 PM
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation