Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

NLE Lab: Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018


Opening: The Inaugural Southeast Queens Biennial

York College Fine Arts Gallery
Core Academic Building - 1B01
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, Queens. Enter on Liberty Ave.

Saturday, February 10 2018
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join us for the first opening reception of the inaugural Southeast Queens Biennial: A Locus of Moving Points. The exhibition features the work of three generations of artists working across media and disciplines: Damali Abrams the Glitter Princess, Natali S. Bravo-Barbee, Janet Henry, Rejin Leys, Sana Musasama. Shervone Neckles, Odathrowback, Okechukwu Okegrass Ofiaeli and Elizabeth Velazquez. The inaugural Southeast Queens Biennial was organized by No Longer Empty’s 2017 NLE Curatorial Lab in partnership with York College Fine Arts Gallery, and is curated by Sarah Fritchey, Corrine Y. Gordon, Rebecca Pristoop, Niama Safia Sandy and Anastasia Tuazon.

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 10, from 3-7pm, with a series of events:

3:00pm: P.U.D.G.E. responds to works in the gallery. P.U.D.G.E. is a Jamaica, Queens-born musician and DJ striving to blend and bend genres from Hip-Hop, Beat House, Jazz and everywhere in between. Studying local DJ legends and Jamaican Sound Systems, all the while honing his skills in the “blend-tape” era, P.U.D.G.E. has focused on perfecting the art of live “blends” and remixes for over twenty years. 

4:00pm: Welcome by Chair of the Performing and Fine Arts Department/Gallery Director at York College Margaret Vendryes; NLE Curatorial Lab Director Rachel Gugelberger; and NLE Lab Curators Sarah Fritchey and Anastasia Tuazon.

4:15pm: A conversation with artists Damali Abrams, Janet Henry, Shervone Neckles and Okechukwu Okegrass Ofiaeli, moderated by curators Corrine Y. Gordon and Niama Safia Sandy.

5:30pm: P.U.D.G.E. freestyles live. Food and drinks will be served.

Location: York College Fine Arts Gallery, Academic Core Building, 94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, Queens. Enter on Liberty Avenue.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm, and Saturday, 12-6pm
Directions: F to Parsons; E, J, Z to Jamaica Center; LIRR to Jamaica Station

A Locus of Moving Points identifies movement as an organizing principle for understanding Southeast Queens as a gateway for travel, cultural production and exchange deeply rooted in its immigrant communities. This concept finds its roots in the writing of bell hooks, visionary feminist activist and author, who speaks to the transformative potential of shifting one’s focus to consider the margin and center not as disparate parts, but as making up a whole body. In geometry, Locus (Latin for "place") refers to a set of all points that meet a given condition. Combined, these concepts suggest an active way of seeing that dismantles the notion of a dominant center by shifting perceptions of what makes up both center and periphery. The exhibition is on view through April 21, 2018. 

The NLE Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab) is a professional development program for emerging curators and arts professionals interested in direct experience curating in an expanded field. With a focus on research, project-based learning, and collaboration, NLE Lab is designed to deepen an understanding of the development of exhibitions and related programming within a specific context in a distinctly urban setting, culminating in a collectively curated exhibition. The program includes a curriculum of critical readings, guest speakers, site/historical research, studio/exhibition visits, and incorporates community engagement as a fundamental component in the formation of curatorial themes.

Located in Jamaica, Queens, the York College Fine Arts Gallery is part of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts at York College, City University of New York (CUNY). Opened in 1989, the gallery presents 3-4 professional exhibitions a year, ranging from solo and thematic group exhibitions and student shows at the end of each semester. With an enrollment of more than 8,000 students, York serves as one of CUNY's leading liberal arts colleges, granting bachelor's degrees in over 40 fields and a growing number of professional programs granting master’s degrees. The York College public art collection includes works by luminaries including Elizabeth Catlett, Frank Stella and Martin Puryear. www.york.cuny.edu

The 2017 NLE Curatorial Lab is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel of North America.


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