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A series of newly commissioned artworks inspired by Rebecca Solnit & Joshua Jelly-Schapiro's "Nonstop Metropolis" at the Queens Museum.
A series of newly commissioned artworks inspired by Rebecca Solnit & Joshua Jelly-Schapiro's "Nonstop Metropolis" at the Queens Museum.
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We are thrilled to announce a series of new artworks and public programs entitled, Nonstop Metropolis: The Remix. Organized on the occasion of the release of Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s forthcoming New York City Atlas, Nonstop Metropolis, the Queens Museum’s “Remix” takes inspiration from the book’s maps and essays. The New York City Atlas is the third in Solnit’s series, following Atlases for New Orleans and San Francisco. With our very own, one-of-a-kind, 3-D map here at the Museum—the Panorama of the City of New York—as well as a deep commitment to the many issues Solnit raises in her books, the Queens Museum has commissioned two new projects by New York-based artists Duke Riley and Mariam Ghani in anticipation of the book’s launch at the Museum.

We hope you will join us for the public opening of the exhibit at the Queens Museum on April 10, 2016!

Monarchs and Queens: Butterfly Habitats and Queer Public Spaces from Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas

Where Dey At: Bounce Calls Up a Vanished City from Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas

WHAT IS NONSTOP METROPOLIS? 

Photo by Scott Rudd, 2013

Nonstop Metropolis reinvents the traditional atlas. Solnit and Jelly-Schapiro work with visual artists, cartographers, and writers to combine cartography and storytelling to illuminate how New York City is a place where different forces clash, come together, and cross-pollinate. Drawings, paintings, and photographs adorn twenty-six maps revealing the fascinating histories of the City that never sleeps. The book’s full-color maps will explore the Big Apple through dozens of lenses, ranging from the Wu Tang Clan’s Staten Island, to a re-imagining of the entire NYC Subway system with the stations named for prominent yet often overlooked women. The third in the Infinite trilogy, Nonstop Metropolis will be the most ambitious, expansive, and influential Atlas to date!

In conjunction with Nonstop Metropolis, the Queens Museum has planned two installations, and a series of public programs.

THE REMIX: INSTALLATIONS BY DUKE RILEY AND MARIAM GHANI

We’ve asked Duke Riley and Mariam Ghani to create new large-scale works at the Queens Museum inspired by two essays from the forthcoming Atlas. Duke Riley is responding to an essay which explores the importance of water in NYC’s rise to economic power, and Mariam Ghani’s work contends with the endangered languages spoken throughout Queens.

DUKE RILEY

Duke Riley, That’s What She Said, 2016. Digital print on canvas, 44ft x 14ft. Courtesy the artist
Duke Riley, That’s What She Said, 2016. Digital print on canvas, 44ft x 14ft. Courtesy the artist

Duke Riley is a wild child—his work’s spectacle always cuts close to the bone and is deeply researched. Splitting his time between creating his own art projects and as the proprietor of East River Tattoo, Duke pursues his fascination with waterfronts, their denizens, and their stories. His signature artistic style interweaves historical and contemporary events with elements of fiction and myth to create allegorical histories in a mix of created artifacts, videos, drawings, mosaics, and maps. For the Queens Museum, Duke’s installation finds its inspiration in Heather Smith’s essay Water and Power with imagery from ancient Egypt, the Three Mile Island Nuclear Facility, and contemporary New York.

Duke Riley, That’s What She Said, detail, 2016. Digital print on canvas. Courtesy the artist
Duke Riley, That’s What She Said, detail, 2016. Digital print on canvas. Courtesy the artist

MARIAM GHANI

Mariam Ghani, The Garden of Forked Tongues, 2016. Acrylic gouache, 100ft x 45ft.
Mariam Ghani, The Garden of Forked Tongues, 2016. Acrylic gouache, 100ft x 45ft.

Mariam Ghani is a brilliant storyteller in both words and images and is able to convert often-overlooked data into compelling info-graphic representations. Her research-based practice explores the ways in which histories, places, identities, and communities are constructed and reconstructed. For her installation at the Queens Museum, Mariam will take inspiration from Suketu Mehta’s essay Queens and Mother Tongues, with Mehta looking at the diversity of languages spoken here, and Ghani looking deeper at the world’s dying languages that are still spoken in Queens neighborhoods, with the word “tongue” spelled out in each language.

Color estimates for "The Garden of Forked Tongues"
Color estimates for "The Garden of Forked Tongues"

Ghani's installation is a collaboration with Daniel Kaufman assistant professor of Linguistics, Queens College and Executive Director of the Endangered Languages Alliance, along with Josh Begley, data artist and web developer. There will be printed and online versions that provide additional data and interactive components of the subject, as well as an on and off-site programming in collaboration with Queens College Social Practice Program to further activate the subject.

THE PUBLIC EVENTS

In addition to these two new commissioned artworks, we’ve organized a series of public events, walks, talks, and conversations related to Nonstop Metropolis, in addition to the book launch party for Rebecca Solnit.

Photo by Scott Rudd, 2013

Beginning in June 2016, the Queens Museum will host monthly events featuring a writer or contributor to the New York City Atlas. Timed to coincide with the release of each map,the events will feature a walk, tour, or talk in the Museum or out in the city itself.

The series of events will be inspired by the following essays from the Atlas:

  • May 15: Queens and Mother Tongues – Suketu Mehta
  • June 15: Water and Power – Heather Smith
  • July 15: Wild Life – Rebecca Solnit and a compendium of voices
  • August 15: Walk Around the World – Garnette Cadogan
  • Sept 15: Burning Down & Rising Up – Marshall Berman
  • October 15: Black Star Lines – Christina Zanfagna

At each program, the public will be able to take home a beautiful, four-color illustrated map.

And, in the fall of 2016, we will be hosting a very special book launch for Nonstop Metropolis’ release—please stay tuned!

LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN!

We would love you to be a part of this very special project that is ALL ABOUT New York City! To ensure that we create the most exciting experiences possible, we need your support to raise the final $30,000 necessary to complete the artworks and make the public programs a reality. This project is a celebration of New York City and the many stories that make it one of the most unique cities in the world. Your participation will support the realization of the installations by Duke Riley and Mariam Ghani as well as the series of public events. And, in keeping with the Queens Museum’s commitment to engaging the broader public in our projects, you will also help us provide prints of the maps from Nonstop Metropolis free of charge to all those who visit the Museum. If you love NYC as much as we do, join us in bringing this remarkable project to the public.

ABOUT THE QUEENS MUSEUM

Photo by Scott Rudd, 2013

At the Queens Museum, we believe that art changes the ways in which we experience our world. We are a public museum situated within the second largest public park in New York City. Since its founding in 19 72, the Museum has been a home for the production and presentation of great art, intimately connected to its community and to the history of its site. Artist- and community- led projects, some of the most radical and engaged museum education and public programs in the country, and ground-breaking exhibitions are at the core of the Queens Museum’s diverse initiatives. Thank you for pledging to support this campaign!

ABOUT REBECCA SOLNIT

Photo by Jim Herrington

San Francisco writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of seventeen books about geography, community, art, politics, hope, and feminism. Fun fact: her essay Men Explain things To Me inspired the man-splaining meme!

ABOUT JOSHUA JELLY-SCHAPIRO

Photo by Mirissa Neff

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose work focuses on how human difference is thought about and acted on in the world. A specialist on race and the Caribbean, he has lived and worked for extended periods in Cuba and Trinidad, and is the recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Social Science Research Council.

ABOUT DUKE RILEY

Photo by Tod Seelie  

Whether enacting an ancient Roman gladiatorial naval battle in a reflecting pool at the Queens Museum or “invading” the New York Harbor with a remodeled Revolutionary-War submarine, Duke Riley recreates history to engage with the contemporary world.

ABOUT MARIAM GHANI

Photo by Lyric Hunter

Mariam Ghani is an artist, writer, filmmaker, and teacher. Her research-based practice spans video, installation, photography, performance, and text.

Video directed by Jay Buim

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    Of Land and Sea – Stick these custom temporary tattoos anywhere your mama won’t mind. Includes a temporary tattoo especially designed by Duke Riley!

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    Get Lit! – Take control of the Queens Museum’s brilliant façade lights and pick the light color every day for a week! We will also include the newly released "Nonstop Metropolis" and a meet & greet with Rebecca Solnit and Josh Jelly-Schapiro at the book launch!

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    Dinner Under the Stars – Receive a dinner invitation for you and a guest, along with participating artists, to the Queens Museum Director’s home for a rooftop dinner under the stars, with a spectacular view of the city at night!

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    The Big Apple – Take off your shoes stand on the Panorama for a photo shoot with photographer, Stefano Giovannini. This is a highly special and rare opportunity to engage with the Panorama- don't worry, we will train you to walk on it!

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    At Last! Your Very Own Atlas – Want to map out every playground your kids’ played ball in while growing up in Brooklyn? Or all the addresses your ancestors called home throughout the five boroughs? How about historic delis with the best pastrami sandwiches, or choice park benches for smooching? From the team of cartographers, artists, and authors behind "Nonstop Metropolis", you will receive a custom-made map of New York City, in whole or in part, and of any New York City story. The choice is yours. (Within reason and in consultation with the map-making team.)

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    Printed Cities – Collect a set of full-color gorgeous maps with excerpts of related essays on the reverse side from Rebecca Solnit’s San Francisco, New Orleans, and New York City Atlases. (17 x 14.5 inches)

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