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Arts et Musées
Built on the site of an older house of 1661, the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House was built by Paulus Vander Ende in 1709. One of the oldest houses in New York City, the house is located in residential neighborhood of Queens. The house is named after the Onderdonk family that came to own the place in 1821.The privately owned property was listed in the US National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and is also deemed a New York City Landmark as of 1995. The site is now manage by Greater Ridgewood Historical Society as a museum that is open to public on Saturdays from 1p to 5p.
With a focus on increasing awareness about African art and culture, The Museum for African Art is a great place to visit to get acquainted with the rich culture. Regular exhibitions by prominent and upcoming artists, educational programs and a handicraft store of ethnic African goods; are some of the features of this culturally rich museum. Currently housed in temporary Manhattan offices, the museum awaits completion of its new home by 2009. Don't despair, as ongoing exhibitions are showing at various locations in the city and around the country. Call or check the website for more details.
MoMA QNS is the new museum in Queens affiliated to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Its blue stucco exterior has transformed the swing line staple factory in which it is housed. The Museum encompasses 160,000 square feet of space with library and reading space accounting for about 25,000 square feet of the space. Home to a host of temporary and permanent exhibits and displays, this is one place you should not miss if you're an art lover. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
NURTUREart is a one-of-a-kind gallery, as it not only showcases contemporary art but also works with local schools in helping kids develop their skills. Its a non profitable organization doing its bit of community service. By hosting exhibitions, this space provides a platform to budding artists and curators. It has been proved time and again that NURTUREart has stuck to its commitment and has received wide acclaim for it.
Tucked away in Queens is an old-fashioned testament to film and television. The actual studios of the one-time Paramount East Coast production house are closed, but the museum provides tours about film making where you can see makeup, costumes and well-known movie sets. There are several theaters for film screenings and a gift shop for souvenir hunters.
Fisher Landau Center For Art is an art museum that is completely dedicated to Emily Fisher Landau's art collection. Emily is renowned for her generous donations to the various art organizations and has been a part of reputed art committees too. Her collection comprises and covers a broad spectrum of contemporary art works ranging from 1960s till present. The art pieces of Agnes Martin, Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, John Baldessari and host of other creative artists who form the core of the art world are a part of her collection. The Fisher Landau Center For Art showcases her collection and also conducts in-depth study of the same. Formerly, entry to this center was by appointment only, but since 2003 it has regular visiting hours. So when in town, do visit this art museum and browse through some great contemporary art works. For more details, call ahead.
A not-for-profit institution, the SculptureCenter promotes experimental art by artists from all over the country and beyond. Located in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, this venue hosts exhibitions that present sculptures that are stark, unique, and absolutely intriguing. Among the artists whose work has been displayed include Lara Schnitger, Elizabeth Neel, and Ann Sperry. As the venue is non-profit, the admission charge is more of a requested donation, completely voluntary, but a few dollars won't be hard to part with. See the website for more information.
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center is a well-established, hip art center dedicated to the production, exhibition and interpretation of artistic innovations. It is housed in a charming old public school building in Queens (hence the name). However, it also makes extensive use of various other institutions throughout the area. Recently, the center merged with the Museum of Modern Art, although it continues to maintain its own identity. Admission is by donation.
The unusually named MoMA PS1 is a museum that is solely dedicated to contemporary art. The focus is more on changing exhibitions rather than permanent collections, which is why this space has caught the fancy of art enthusiasts who look forward to the interesting installations. Check website for details.
The Elevator Historical Society is located on the second floor inside the black and yellow Taxi Building. The museum is a brainchild of Pat Carrajat, who has been in the elevator maintenance-repair industry for a very long time. His passion for elevators was converted into tangible form through The Elevator Historical Society. The museum houses old models of elevators, vintage push-buttons, and other elevator parts, and a photograph of Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet from their elevator scene in Titanic, autographed by the stars. Though the museum occupies just one room, it is almost like a time travel back into the modest era of technology.
Founded by Nyssa Frank in 2012, The Living Gallery is a zesty space that is artistic in every way. It is a stepping stone for upcoming local artists by exhibiting their works and hosting various events. It is also a concert venue with the likes of Chantilly, Crown Larks and The Yin Yangs having performed here. Improvise your sketching skills at their Illustration class or attend their fun-filled drink and draw workshop. Enrol your kids in their drama program or join their free yoga sessions.
Showcasing budding artists and raising funds to aid them are some of the causes supported by the Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, founded in 1998. The main purpose of its existence, however, is to promote an interest in art and its nuances. Each show organized by the gallery differs in style, attitude, method and creativity; there are no restrictions. Viewers can chat with the artist, during group and individual tours. Limited editions are often put up for sale, so as to showcase a particular artist or genre. Artists who wish to be a part of this display may apply for the same, and contribute a minimal amount for the show. The venue includes a main gallery, and a collector's room with archives. An outdoor garden expansion is a place where one can see many works of sculpture and modeling.