March 17, 2018

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cenral Library of Queens Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, Queens

The 2017 NLE Curatorial Lab in partnership with Queens Library is pleased to announce the opening of Notations in Passing as part of the Inaugural Southeast Queens Biennial: A Locus of Moving Points.

Location: Central Library of Queens Library; 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, New York

On view: Saturday, March 3 – April 21, 2018
Opening reception: Saturday, March 17, 2 – 4pm
Directions: F to 169th Street
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 9:00pm; Friday, 9:00am – 7:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

The Biennial features three generations of cultural producers with strong connections to the region at two community venues: York College Fine Arts Gallery and the Central Library of Queens Library. Notations in Passing at Queens Library offers a glimpse at the lived experiences of seven artists living and working in Southeast Queens: Salimah Ali, Ify Chiejina, Damali Abrams the Glitter Priestess, Renee Harper, Corona Johnson, Rejin Leys and Lisa Wade.

The concept and exhibition title is derived from an essay by Queens-born photographer, scholar and educator Nathan Lyons who saw the value in objects and attributes of the everyday. Notations in Passing intersperses photographs of everyday life in Southeast Queens with artworks that investigate the interconnectedness of quotidian life, the global economy, environmental crises, and race-based oppression within African and Caribbean diasporas. A continuity of impressions of the local community are valued through works that harness the healing power of creativity, reckoning, and the re-membering of migrations, and shared histories.

 Notations in Passing kicks off the Mobile Museum Initiative of Central Library of Queens Library. The Biennial continues at York College Fine Arts Gallery (a 10-minute walk from the Library) through April 21, 2018. For more information, click here.
The inaugural Southeast Queens Biennial: A Locus of Moving Points is the culmination of the 2017 No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab), a professional development program organized by No Longer Empty for emerging curators to gain direct experience with research, project-based learning, and curating in an expanded field. This year’s NLE Lab members and curators of the Biennial are: Sarah Fritchey, Corrine Y. Gordon, Rebecca Pristoop, Niama Safia Sandy and Anastasia Tuazon. The Biennial is organized in partnership with York College Fine Arts Gallery and Queens Library.

The 2017/2018 NLE Curatorial Lab is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel of North America.