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BACK TO SCHOOL & FALL GUIDE 2019 Exhibits of all kinds await you

Days and nights at the museums

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 10:30 am

Art. Film. Science. History. Food.

If any of these topics appeal to you, the approaching fall season provides the ideal time to visit some of the borough’s countless cultural institutions that are devoted to them.

For those who prefer to stay local, there’s no need to travel to Manhattan — or beyond — anymore, when you can enjoy places of interest right in your own backyard. And over the next few months, a slew of special events will be providing an extra incentive to explore.

The US Open tennis tournament may be making the headlines these days, but it’s hardly the only attraction in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For one, there’s The Queens Museum, located in the park’s historic New York City Building, which offers both temporary and permanent exhibitions.

Beginning Oct. 6, four brand-new ones will be unveiled at the museum.

“Nicolas Moufarrege: Recognize My Sign,” is the late artist’s first solo museum exhibition, tracing the development of his work from small-scale tapestries in the early 1970s to his final works in the early 1980s. Although his career lasted just over a decade, Moufarrege, who died in 1985, created a unique body of embroidered works, some of which will be on display through Feb. 16.

Also arriving Oct. 6 is “The Art of Rube Goldberg,” a celebration of the work of one of the most influential comic illustrators of the 20th century, who had a 72-year career. It runs through Feb. 9.

Joining them will be “Pia Camil: Fade Into Black (2018)” featuring a massive curtain-like installation made with hundreds of secondhand T-shirts that have been recycled, altered and sewn together. It closes Feb. 16.

Finally, “American Artist: My Blue Window,” also on display through Feb. 16, is a multimedia installation that focuses on Prepol, a predictive policing technology that sends officers to high-risk crime zones before incidents are even reported.

And there are the old standbys. The “jewel in the crown” of the museum’s collections is the Panorama of the City of New York, created through the efforts of more than 100 people for the 1964 World’s Fair. Also on permanent display is the World’s Fair Visible Storage, including some 900 objects from both the 1939-40 and 1964-65 fairs.

The Queens Museum’s hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Suggested contributions are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors. It’s free for those 18 and under. More: queensmuseum.org or (718) 592-9700.

Things are bubbling at the New York Hall of Science, which includes among its attractions approximately 450 interactive permanent and temporary exhibits that explore science and help to demystify the world.

On Oct. 20, Chemistry Day will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An annual event, it showcases chemistry principles using demonstrations performed by local college students and volunteers from local industries. It’s recommended for ages 4 and up. (Free with admission.)

Two holiday attractions are on their way.

One, “Dead or Alive: Special Effects,” arrives in time for Halloween, on Oct. 26 and 27 from noon until 4 p.m. each day. It explores the “science of the creepy,” including how to use household materials to make fake blood and prosthetic wounds. Prizes will be awarded to those who arrive in costume. (Free with admission.)

Returning will be the popular “GingerBread Lane” exhibit, on view from Nov. 23 through Jan. 12. Created by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year, the presentation consists of houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy. (Free with admission.)

Already running, through Nov. 3, is “Imaging Women in the Space Age,” a photo exhibition that includes vintage and current images of women as aviators and astronauts, including Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, and Mae Jemison, the nations’s first African-American female astronaut. (Free with admission.)

Also up, through Jan. 21, is “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition,” a film shown daily at 3 p.m. to coincide with the 50th anniversary of NASA’s celebrated mission. It showcases real-life moments of the first lunar landing, with never-before-seen footage. It runs 20 minutes. (Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors, plus admission.)

The New York Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111 St. in Corona. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults and $13 for children 2 to 17, seniors and college students with ID. Free admission is offered on Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. More: nysci.org or (718) 699-0005.

The Museum of the Moving Image offers a brand-new exhibit, “Creatures from the Land of Thra: Character Design for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” opening on Sept. 11 and running through Feb. 23. It explores the process of designing the fantastical characters from the popular Netflix series, a prequel to the 1982 film “The Dark Crystal.”

An ongoing attraction, “The Jim Henson Exhibition,” which opened in 2017, pays tribute to the creator of The Muppets and his transformative impact on culture.

MOMI is located at 36-01 35 Ave. in Astoria. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday starting at 10:30 a.m., with varying closing times. Admission is $15 for adults, or $11 for seniors, students 18 and over, or $9 for ages 3 to 17 — and tickets to film screenings, almost always at those same prices, include museum admission. Free admission is offered on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. More: movingimage.us or (718) 777-6888.

The Noguchi Museum, dedicated to its namesake sculptor, Isamu Noguchi, has several exhibits up and running, including, through Feb. 2, “Models for Spaces,” a selection of models that reflect Noguchi’s belief that sculpture is a manipulation of our experiences of space; and, through May 3, “Noguchi: Body-Space Devices,” a study of the artist’s strategies for connecting the body to space.

The museum is located at 9-01 33 Road in Long Island City, and is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10, or $5 for seniors 65 and older and students with ID. Free admission is offered the first Friday of every month. More: noguchi.org or (718) 204-7088.

Outdoor exhibits are always on tap at Socrates Sculpture Park, open 365 days a year, 9 a.m. to sunset. Through Dec. 31, visit “Folly/Function,” an annual architectural and design competition that investigates the intersection between sculpture and architecture. Running Oct. 5 through March 8 is “The Socrates Annual,” an exhibition by multiple artists of new commissions that engage the park’s unique history, landscape and surrounding community.

The park is located at 32-01 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City. Admission is always free. More: info@socratessculpturepark.org or (718) 956-1819.

And if your favorite way to bring summer to a close is through your palate, you might want to check out Endless Summer, a collaboration between Edible Queens and the Rockaway Business Alliance. It’s a food festival that will feature global flavors and live performances. It takes place on Sept. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. at 51-15 Beach Channel Drive, located at Beach 50th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway. More: ediblequeens.ediblecommunities.com or (917) 837-2738.

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