The Queens Museum, formerly known as the Queens Museum of Art, reopened its doors on November 2013, with its size doubled to 105,000 square feet to accommodate new galleries and performance and event spaces.
Where an indoor ice skating rink once stood, a huge open-air gallery now dominates underneath a 48-foot-high atrium, which showers the area with natural light. A series of galleries surround the old ice skating area, full of works by both international and local artists.
Located in the New York City Building used in both the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, the Queens Museum presents an ambitious program that focuses on 20th-century works, both from the museum's own collection and on loan. The collection includes New York City memorabilia and works about New York City.
The unusual Panorama of the City of New York, a 9,335-square-foot model of the five boroughs, features detailed replicas of every single building, boats on the waterways, and tiny airplanes that fly on almost invisible wires. Created under the direction of legendary and controversial parks commissioner and city planner Robert Moses, the Panorama was recently restored and updated as part of a $15 million renovation.
Programs for Seniors
The museum provides opportunities for seniors to talk about and make art as well as to view and discuss films. In Spring 2011, six-week senior programs include a "Looking" lecture series and a film viewing and discussion series, both inspired by current exhibitions. For more information about Senior Programs at the QMA, phone (718) 592-9700, x131 or email email@example.com.
Off-site slide presentations, tactile objects and art workshops make art available to groups that cannot otherwise visit the museum. Fees vary; call (718) 592-9700, x132 for more information.
Adults with special needs can explore art in an open studio atmosphere. For registration or information about this program contact Michelle López at (718) 592-9700, x138 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Director Tom Finkelpearl is a big-time tennis table fan and, for the inaugural weekend, installed ping pong tables in the museum. Set up outside the Panorama area, kids and adults can squeeze in a few games between visiting exhibits. And if they’re lucky, the kids can challenge Mr. Finkelpearl to a game.
The Queens Museum will continue to hold its weekly drop-in family workshop on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. From building monsters to designing city blocks or making puppets, in these classes, kids use the Museum’s artwork as a jumping-off point for their creations. No advance registration is necessary.
Students can explore the museum's galleries through guided tours and hands-on workshops where they can create their own art, based on the exhibitions. An orientation film, mapping activities and simulated tours acquaint students with the geography, architecture and points of interest of the unique Panorama. The museum also offers multi-visit programs, teacher training, self-guided tours and special events. Programs offered for special education groups; call (718) 592-9700 x136.
Every Tuesday, the Queens Museum of Art uses Twitter to tweet about Arts Education, School, ArtAccess and Adult Learning programs using the hashtag #QueensMuseumEd. Follow the museum on Twitter for insights on these topics. Para español: www.twitter.com/QueensMuseumEsp