Traveling art exhibit An Inclusive World coming to Queens Museum

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An Inclusive World, a traveling art exhibit, makes a stop at the Queens Museum beginning Saturday, November 9.Photos courtesy of Vida Sabbaghi
An Inclusive World, a traveling art exhibit, makes a stop at the Queens Museum beginning Saturday, November 9.

An Inclusive World, the traveling art exhibit, is making its next stop at the Queens Museum.

“The exhibition has evolved,” said Vida Sabbaghi, curator.

On Saturday, November 9, museum-goers can expect both visual arts components as well as various performance pieces, ranging from music to dance. The exhibit will run through November 30.

“People from all different backgrounds have come together,” Sabbaghi said. “It’s celebrating diversity.”

From its inception, An Inclusive World has brought together both self-taught and formally trained artists to collaborate and exchange ideas, intended to enrich communities without identifying labels.

Sabbaghi initially was compelled to “find ways to group different creative thinkers” and have them “come together and work on mutual goals through originality,” she said.

“There are multiple layers to how this promotes discovery of different art practices and why a person creates art in a certain way,” she said.

Sabbaghi hopes the show draws on “strengths and creative characteristics of artists and allows one to explore a wide range of materials and approaches to the arts,” she said.

Since April, the exhibit, sponsored by Sabbaghi’s program, COPE NYC, has traveled throughout the borough bringing together dozens of artists from diverse backgrounds. In that time, it has grown from just an exhibit to also a variety of art workshops, exhibits, public art and interactive art, which will all be an ongoing and integral part of the exhibition.

“The goal is to innovate and promote social relations,” Sabbaghi said. “We want to encourage these relations among different communities.”

At the Queens Museum, the exhibit will face the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which Sabbaghi saw as a parallel to her “inclusive world” show.

The exhibit will open Saturday at 3 p.m. and run through until 6 p.m. Additionally, workshops will be held November 14 and 15.

Sabbaghi wishes to thank AHRC NYC, Roger Ricco, Janos Marton, Alice Wexler, Authentic, the Queens Museum and Victoria Schneps.

 

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