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FALL GUIDE Long Island City bursts with art

Museums and galleries prepare for a busy fall season

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:30 am

W ith the change of seasons, Western Queens’ art galleries and museums gear up for their next slate of exhibitions.

MoMA PS1 will be dedicating the whole museum, something it has never done, to Mike Kelley’s brightly colored installations, including his well-known balls of stuffed animals. Kelley was an American artist who died last year.

The show will run from Oct. 13 until Feb. 2.

MoMA PS 1 at 22-25 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City is open noon to 6 p.m., Thursday through Monday. Tickets cost a suggested $10 for adults.

The Noguchi Museum will host the show entitled “Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930,” which shows about 50 drawings and sculptures of the two artists side by side.

Noguchi was a nomad, setting up studios in France, Mexico, Italy, Japan, China and beyond. When he was 26 he stopped in Beijing where he met Baishi.

The museum at 9-01 33rd Road in Long Island City is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, free for children 12 and under and for all New York City public school students. On the first Friday of every month, admission is pay-as-you-wish.

The Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs will dedicate its space at 11-03 45 Ave. in LIC to “Artists’ Walks” from Sept. 8 to Nov. 17. Artists in the exhibition have created unique works based on the act of walking.

The Dorsky is free and open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Thursday through Monday.

Polish film and sound artist Agnieszka Kurant will have her first solo exhibit in the United States at the SculptureCenter 44-19 Purves St. from Nov. 10 to Jan. 27. The pieces explore how “rumors and fictions become phantom capital.”

Danish artist Tue Greenfort will also be making his debut at the gallery during the same time with new works that look at nature and the environment. Group discussions are an integral part of the show. Check out sculpture-center.org for exact dates.

The center is open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There’s a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for students.

The Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park will reopen in the fall after extensive summer-long renovations.

From a yet to be determined fall date to Dec. 29 photos of the museum’s transformation by Taiwan-born, Queens-based photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao will be on display.

From Nov. 23 to March 1, “Pedro Reyes: The People’s UN” creates a mock-193-member United Nations with performances referencing the building’s history of hosting the General Assembly of the UN between 1946 and 1950.

Also to celebrate the new space, the museum hosts its sixth annual Queens International from fall to March 2. Usually the show focuses on Queens-based visual artists, but this year with the added space the institution will add performance art as well.

Fall to March 9 the museum will show “Peter Schumann: The Shatterer,” in the first solo museum exhibition of Bread and Puppet Theatre founder and director Peter Schumann. The Queens Museum’s presentation of Schumann’s political performance art is a response to questions about the role of the artist in society.

The Flux Factory at 39-31 29 St. in LIC hosts a 15-artist group exhibition titled “Untitled (As of Yet)” from Sept. 6 to 29 to look at events that first appear to be catastrophic, but eventually open the door to new thoughts, practices and opportunities. The show includes several performances and discussions such as walks with strangers organized by Dillon de Give on opening day and a secret adventure to an undisclosed location led by Christopher Robbins and Douglas Paulson on Sept. 12. Checkout fluxfactory.org for more information.

In October, curator-in-residence Loney Abrams will put together another group show and then in November United Kingdom-based collective Reactor will present its project “Reversed Flow.” Further information will be released closer to the openings.

Flux is open weekends from 1 to 6 p.m. and by appointment.

The Materials for the Arts Gallery presents new artwork from artist-in-residence Vadis Turner.

“Storm Systems” resemble abstract paintings, but are made with leftover ribbon and fabric donated by city-based fashion companies. The exhibition also looks at individuals’ impact on the environment.

This event is sponsored by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation as part of the 2013 Marfa Dialogues on art and climate change.

Materials for the Arts, at 33-00 Northern Blvd., third floor, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The opening reception is on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Socrates Sculpture Park at 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City is buzzing this fall.

Tree wood by Toshihiro Oki, the winner of the 2013 Folly Competition, the park’s annual design opportunity for architects and designers in partnership with the Architectural League of NY, will be on display all fall. Last year’s winner is displayed in a former parking lot at 43-29 Crescent St.

The GrowNYC Greenmarket continues every Saturday at the park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. though Nov. 28 and free weekend yoga and tai chi classes continue through Sept. 28.

Opening Sept. 8 is the parks emerging artist show, which will be displayed with Broadway Billboard by the artist Wangechi Mutu.

Occupying the entire park, SkowheganPerforms invites Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture alumni to activate Socrates with an afternoon of performance on Sept. 28 from 1 to 5 p.m.

On Oct. 5 the park will open a series of green roofs as part of Marfa Dialogues/NY — a citywide examination of climate change science, environmental activism and artistic practice, in partnership with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

On Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the park will once again be filled with artists leading free art-making workshops for children as park of the Halloween Harvest Festival. Every year for more than a decade, Socrates has invited the community and their dogs for a celebration of costumes, performance, art-making and an annual Canine Costume Contest.

The Fisher Landau Center For Art at 38-27 30 St. closed for the summer for renovations and has not decided on a date to reopen. Check flcart.org for details about the new show when released. Admission is free.

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