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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 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.



A focus on inclusion: JCAL opens new art exhibit

| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Vida Sabbaghi

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) kicked off its new exhibition, “An Inclusive World,” showcasing artists of all different backgrounds in one common forum.

The traveling exhibition, created by curator Vida Sabbaghi and sponsored by COPE NYC, was inspired by how art transforms lives in many different ways and promotes the idea that there are variations of norms for any given individual.

It is also meant to affirm that there are many artists who can be creatively linked – the exhibit houses works from both formally-trained artists and those who are self-taught, all displayed without a label.

“You are able to just judge the work for what it is, not for who the artist is,” said Shari Lin Fischberg, a contributing artist.

Fischberg, an adjunct professor of art and design at the Pratt Institute and a trained artist, has two pieces in “An Inclusive World.” She combined encaustics, applying melted wax to a surface, and photo transfer to wood.

“It’s a very open-ended process,” she said of encaustics. “There’s a certain amount of the piece you can control, but there’s a certain amount of things you can’t control. It’s not a very precise medium, but sometimes it leads you into really interesting backgrounds.”

Fischberg was happy to contribute to the exhibit, especially happy to be a part of such a diverse group.

“I like the idea that people can hopefully just experience the art for what it is, not for who the artist is,” she said.

Fellow featured artist Juan Nolasco echoed this sentiment.

“[The exhibit] brought a variety of artists with enormous talents together,” he said.

Nolasco contributed a mandala, which he described as a piece that resembles looking through a kaleidoscope.

The self-taught artist loves working with geometric shapes and forms, and also has an interest in eastern cultures, from which the mandala originated. Through his piece, he hoped to convey the passage of time, specifically linear time.

“I find the work to be therapeutic and healing,” he said.

Nolasco’s mandala is a part of a two-piece display, paired with another artist’s mandala.

“It’s such a beautiful piece,” he said of his co-contributor’s work.

Since the exhibition took off, the two have been able to sit down and share ideas with each other.

“It’s an excellent medium to meet other artists,” he said.

The exhibition will be at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, until April 23. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special thanks for the exhibit go to Alice Wexler, Roger Ricco, Janos Marton, Hands Across Long Island and Vicki Schneps.

For more information, visit www.jcal.org.