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Museums — Must-see exhibits

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Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:00 am

Budding daffodils, Easter egg hunts and dances around the maypole are common fare for springtime, but this year Queens museums are offering up more exotic ways to usher in fairer weather.

For those who fancy bubbles, a program called BubbleMania will run April 11 through 19 at the New York Hall of Science, featuring presentations by a world-renowned bubbleologist (yes, there is a word for a person who studies bubbles).

Audience members will get to see fog-filled bubble sculptures, blobs of helium-filled foam and bubbles bursting into flame.

Children who have absolutely no interest in spherical liquids can consider going to “Kite Flight: Paper Play,” a workshop that Socrates Sculptural Park and the Noguchi Museum are holding on April 26. Participants will used recycled paper to build, decorate and fly kites at Socrates Sculptural Park.

Socrates is also offering yoga, pilates and martial arts classes in the park on weekends, starting May 9.

If sculpture parks in Long Island City don’t sound bucolic enough, head to “Farm Fest” at the Queens County Farm Museum on May 17. Sheep will be sheared, hayrides and pony rides will be offered and there will be a plant sale.

The grounds are open daily, and visitors can tour the historic farm house, enjoy picnic lunches and explore the city’s only working historical farm.

Interested in the artistic face of Queens’ international community? Take a look at “Queens International 4” at the Queens Museum of Art, which showcases a range of works by 42 artists from 18 countries who live or work in the borough. The exhibition explores the boundaries of tradition, culture, heritage and nationality.

And if all of these options seem too traditional, make your way over to the SculptureCenter in Long Island City, which will be transformed into a “University of Trash” starting on May 10.

Two artists — from New York and London — have worked with students, activists, local organizations and academics to gather background material, and the end product will be the creation of “a crazy complex of interconnected architectural spaces, pavilions and walkways from ready-made, recycled and found materials,” according to the center’s website.

Interested in hearing about more artistic and cultural exhibitions and events in Queens this spring? Below is a list of some of the highlights.


35th Avenue at 37th Street, Astoria

April 13-17: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Other times: Tue-Fri, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Suggested admission $5; free for museum members and children under 8

Spring specials:

Film screening: “Killer of Sheep” — April 3, 7 p.m.— African-American neo-realist drama about a slaughterhouse worker who struggles to support his family — At LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City — $10 / $8 CUNY students / Free for members.

Motion Workshop (for children 6-12) —April 13-17 daily at 11:30 a.m. — Children learn the basic principles behind how moving images move and make 19th-century optical toys to take home — $5/Free for museum members.

Animation workshops (for children 8 and up) — April 13-17 daily at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. — Children make their own animations — $10/ $5 for museum members

Film screening: “A Grand Day Out” — April 13-17 daily at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. —Short film about Wallace and Gromit taking a trip to the moon to replenish their cheese supply — Screening included with admission.

Noguchi Museum

32-37 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City

Wed-Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun, 11 a.m -6 p.m.

$10 adults / $5 seniors and students / Free for children under 12

Spring specials:

Akari Light Sculptures — Through May 31 — Exhibition of Isamu Noguchi’s light sculptures, including a large, “floating” pyramidal paper shade tethered to the ground by stones covered in handmade paper.

Art for Families — Select Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Workshop for families with children ages 5 - 11, involving hands-on art making.

•Art for Tots — Select Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. — Workshop for families with children ages 2-4, involving exploration of art materials and methods, as well as movement activities.

NY Hall Of Science

47-01 111th Street, Corona

Tue - Thur, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Weekends, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

$11 adults, $8 children ages 2-17, college students and seniors

Spring specials:

Bubblemania! — April 11-19 daily at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. — Interactive event with bubbleologist Casey Carle — $4 / $2 for members

Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure — May 23-Sept. 7 — Kid-friendly interactive exhibition designed to illustrate the link between dinosaurs and modern birds. Bilingual English/Spanish.

PS1 Moma

22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City

Thurs-Mon, noon-6 p.m.

Suggested donation: $5 / $2 for students and seniors

Spring specials:

Yael Bartana — Through May 4 — Exhibition of the work of Yael Bartana, examining society and politics.

Minus Space — Through May 4 — Showcase of “reductive art” by 54 artists, characterized by minimalism, abstraction, monochromatic color, geometry and pattern.

Lutz Bacher MY SECRET LIFE — Through Sept. 14 — Art examining the positioning of images and sounds.

Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool — Through Oct. 5 — Visually confounding swimming pool installation art.

Kenneth Anger — Selection of Anger’s avant-garde films, set in a room covered in red vinyl.

Jonathan Horowitz: And/Or — Through Sept. 14 — Wide array of works in video, sculpture, sound, installation and photography which critically examine politics, celebrities, war and consumerism.

Florian Slotawa — Through Sept. 14 — Slotawa creates sculptures out of everyday furniture and household objects.

Queens County Farm Museum

73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park

Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission is free

Queens County Farm Museum

Spring specials:

Barnyard Easter Egg Hunt — April 11, noon-4 p.m. — $5 per person.

Children’s Carnival — Apr. 18-19 and 25-26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. — Carnival in the apple orchard, including carnival rides, prizes, petting zoo, hayrides and children’s entertainment — $9 per person.

Antique Auto Show — May 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Members of the NY Antique Auto Club will display their cars. Automobile memorabilia, historic house tours, hayrides and food available — $5 per person.

Farm Fest — May 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Sheep shearing demonstrations, Dutch crafts, cultural exhibits, spring plant sale, hayrides, greenhouse tours, pony rides, petting zoo and food available — $3 per person.

Queens Museum Of Art

New York City Building Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Wed-Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun, noon-5 p.m.

Suggested donation: $5 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and children; members free.

Spring specials:

Queens International 4 — Through Apr. 26 — Exhibition, featuring 42 international artists who live and/or work in Queens, addressing the relationship between multiculturalism and internationalism.

Launch pad artist residency: O Zhang — Through the end of May — Exhibition of the works of Chinese artist in residence O Zhang, including a photographic series about chinese girls as the most unwanted population in contemporary China, and a new project about Queens’ diverse population, called “Together We Are Stronger.”

Teen art and writing workshops — Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Creative arts workshop promoting intercultural dialogue for high school students who study or live in Queens. Free; $10 refundable deposit required to reserve space.

Faces in the Crowd: New York on Film — Mondays at 2 p.m. through June 9 except Apr. 21 and May 26 — Film screenings and discussions that reflect on the transformative nature of New York City on and by its people. Free.

Looking at Man and Nature — Thursdays, 2-3:30 p.m. through May 22 — Series studying man’s relationship to nature as it unfolds through the ages, and examining the various approaches and styles in art that evolved as a result of this interaction. $5 per session; free for members.

The Listening Series — Apr. 17 and May 22, 3:30 p.m. — The Forest Hills Chamber Players presents an afternoon of music. Free.

Senior Art Workshops: Drawing into Painting Part II — Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m. through Apr. 23 — Studio art classes focusing first on the basics of drawing and then on painting with acrylics and mixed media. Open to all levels. Free.


44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City

Thurs–Mon, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Suggested donation: $5

Spring specials:

Lucky Draw — April 7, 6 p.m. — All ticket holders take home a work of art. Auction for the first three items. — Tickets $450 or $1200 for three.

•The University of Trash — May 10 - Aug. 3 — Exhibition that transforms the SculptureCenter into “The University of Trash,” with interconnected architectural spaces, pavillions and walkways made from ready-made, recycled and found materials.

Socrates Sculpture Park

32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City

Open daily, 10 a.m.–sunset

Admission is free

Spring specials:

Kite Flight: Paper Play — Apr. 26, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. — Kite-making workshop for children ages 5 - 12.

State Fair — May 10 – Aug. 2; Opening May 10, 2-6 p.m. — Spring exhibition centering on American rural life and examining topics such as animal husbandry, specialized horticulture and small-scale farming.

Saturday Sculpture Workshops — Saturdays starting May 9, noon-3 p.m. Participants work with a different artist each week, exploring diverse art mediums. Recommended for ages 5-12. Free.

Yoga in the Park — Saturdays starting May 9, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. — Participants of all experience levels welcome. Free.

Pilates in the Park — Sundays starting May 10, 10 a.m. Free.

Tai Chi in the Park — Sundays starting May 10, 11 a.m. Recommended for teens to seniors. Free.

Capoeira in the Park — Saturdays starting May 9, noon. Brazillian martial art, recommended for teens to seniors. Free.

Boating in Hallets Cove — Sundays starting May 17, weather permitting — Free kayaking and canoeing from Socrates Sculpture Park’s beach. Hosted in partnership with Long Island City Community Boathouse and Partnerships for Parks. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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