Queens Museum President Tom Finkelpearl named cultural affairs commissioner


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@BilldeBlasio

Tom Finkelpearl, who has been the president of the Queens Museum for 12 years and recently oversaw its $68 million transformation, will be tapped by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the new commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Queens Museum “emPOWER”s families of children with autism locally and in Spain


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Photo courtesy of emPOWER Parents photography team

Parents and families of children with autism from Queens are now making a connection to those in Spain, thanks to a $73,000 grant.

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Traveling art exhibit An Inclusive World coming to Queens Museum


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Vida Sabbaghi

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 […]

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Ribbon cut on Queens Museum expansion project


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THE COURIER/Photos by Melissa Chan

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and ranks of officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the $68 million Queens Museum expansion project. “There always seems to be something new and magical happening in this incredible space,” the head of the city said. “It really is an experience like no other. This is one of the great cultural institutions […]

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Millions approved for Queens Museum of Art expansion


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Renderings courtesy of Grimshaw and the Queens Museum of Art

Millions of dollars are coming to the Queens Museum of Art. The city’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Tuesday, August 27 approved more than $18 million in capital funds that Borough President Helen Marshall has allocated to help pay for the expansion of the museum. The OMB also okayed around $19.8 million for […]

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Queens Museum of Art to change name, expand


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Renderings courtesy of Grimshaw and the Queens Museum of Art

The Queens Museum of Art (QMA) is getting a major makeover. This fall, the international art space will double in size and shorten its name. “This is a time of tremendous change for the Queens Museum,” said executive director Tom Finkelpearl. Come October, the institution will total 105,000-square-feet. It will have new galleries, artist studios, […]

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Go underwater this Halloween at the Queens Museum of Art


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The Queens Museum of Art (QMA) will be celebrating its third annual Halloween event by going under the sea as a part of its “Boo! An Underwater Halloween Spooktacular,” scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 20 at 2 p.m. In the spirit of its current exhibition, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, QMA enlisted the […]

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Queens museums taking part in Museum Week


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Museum of the Moving Image

Queens museums are gearing up to make history with the first-ever New York State Museum Week. From May 31 until June 6, local participating sites will join approximately 250 state-wide museums, zoos, gardens and art centers in an effort to lure residents and foreign visitors alike with special discounts to showcase their unique exhibits. “Museum […]

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Exhibit This: Long Island City Partnerships toutes Queens museums


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Amy Hau, administrative director of the Noguchi Museum and the chair of LIC Cultural Alliance, Tom Finkelperl, the executive director of Queens Museum, Peter Katz, chief operating officer of the Museum of Modern Art P.S. 1, and Carl Goodman, the executive director of the Museum of the Moving Image, discussed the roles of their art institutions in Queens.

Long Island City Partnership wants everyone to experience all the splendor Queens has to offer – including the beauty available in the borough’s museums. The partnership organized a conference on October 19 at the Museum of the Moving Image, during which representatives from prominent Queens art institutions discussed the role of museums and galleries in […]

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Silicon City model unveiled at Queens Museum of Art


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THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

A conceptual model of “Silicon City,” a technological innovation center in Queens that includes an applied sciences campus, was unveiled today at the Queens Museum of Art. The model was placed on the museum’s famed Panorama where it will remain on display for visitors through Sunday. Jukay Hsu, founder of Coalition for Queens, and elected […]

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Ground broken on Queens Museum of Art expansion


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The Queens Museum of Art broke ground for its expansion project on Tuesday, April 12, which will include the addition of 50,000 square feet of new galleries, classrooms, event spaces, a cafeteria and a museum shop. The project, costing $65 million, is currently underway and is set to be completed at the end of 2013. […]

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Ground broken on Queens Museum of Art expansion


| jtantongco@queenscourier.com


The Queens Museum of Art broke ground for its expansion project on Tuesday, April 12, which will include the addition of 50,000 square feet of new galleries, classrooms, event spaces, a cafeteria and a museum shop. The project, costing $65 million, is currently underway and is set to be completed at the end of 2013. […]

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The birth of a Queens museum


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It was sometime in the middle ‘70s during the City’s economic free fall, that the motion picture and television unions came to see the then Borough President Donald Manes to ask for his support to reopen the old Paramount Studios in Astoria. Except for occasional street shooting, movies and TV shows were made in California. […]

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Boats and battle cries at Queens Museum of Art party


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The night ended with flames and fireworks bursting out of a miniature cruise ship as someone animatedly declared over a public address system, “This is the best country in the world! And the best city in the world! And the best borough in the city! And the best park in the borough!” Two years after […]

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