Southeast Queens Biennial: A Locus of Moving Points
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10, 3 - 7pm
On view: Friday, February 9 - Saturday, April 21
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
In its inaugural year, the Southeast Queens Biennial: A Locus of Moving Points, identifies movement as an organizing principle for understanding Southeast Queens as a gateway for travel (by air and land) and a source of cultural production and exchange deeply rooted in its immigrant communities.
This concept finds its roots in the writing of bell hooks, a 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. Locus, from the Latin for “location” or “place,” is used in geometry to refer to "the set of all points (usually forming a curve or surface) satisfying some 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.
A Locus of Moving Points features the work of three generations of artists with deep connections to Southeast Queens, all of whom have never exhibited at York College: Damali Abrams, Natali S. Bravo-Barbee, Janet Henry, Rejin Leys, Sana Musasama, Shervone Neckles, Odathrowback, Okechukwu Okegrass Ofiaeli, and Elizabeth Velazquez.
Dr. Margaret Rose Vendryes, Chair of the Performing and Fine Arts Department and Gallery Director at York College, remarks on the importance of the gallery to Southeast Queens: “The Fine Arts Gallery at York College is one of only two professional visual art exhibition venues in Southeast Queens. As a vibrant part of what the York College Department of Performing and Fine Arts has to offer both town and gown communities, the Southeast Queens Biennial will create valuable new connections.”
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, Audra Lambert, 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.