2003-01-25 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

By Susan Hartenstein
From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance

Queens is alive with the arts. This season visit your own borough and your own community for some exciting and different exhibitions. Broaden your definition of "art" and explore an era with which you may not be familiar.

The American Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria is an experience like no other. Its name implies its dynamic character and historical significance. Dedicated to educating the public about the art, history, technique and technology of film, television, video and digital media and their impact on society, the museum holds the country's largest permanent collection of moving image artifacts. These range from Eadweard Muybridge's 1887 photographed studies of locomotion to a 1931 mechanical television to the Yoda puppet from "The Empire Strikes Back." The museum presents exhibitions, film screenings, lectures and seminars exploring the moving image as artistic expression, as influences on social values and as an integral part of modern daily life. The core exhibition is "Behind the Screen." It shows the processes involved in producing, marketing and exhibiting the moving image. Displayed are more than a thousand film and TV artifacts including stage sets, computer-based interactive experiences, commissioned installations, audio-visual materials and demonstrations of professional equipment and techniques. " Digital Media" examines imaginative and playful explorations of the digital moving image and software-based art. "Trash Mirror" by Daniel Rozin is the lobby installation. It is a mirror formed from 500 pieces of foot-flattened trash collected from sidewalks. Computer-controlled motors are connected to the trash and tilt them based on input from a live video image, to reflect the person standing in front of it. This weekend the museum presents the end of a George A. Romero ("Night of the Living Dead") film series, Jean-Luc Godard's "Alphaville," as well as animation, kinetoscope, computer generated imaging, film editing and sound editing demonstrations. Call the museum for more information. Log onto www.ammi.org.

Want to visit the Museum of Modern Art? Well, you have to come to Queens to do it. Long Island City, specifically. Through February 24, 2003, MoMA QNS presents "Masterworks of German Expressionism." Displayed are approximately 20 prints by several artists of this movement of the first quarter of the 20th century. Included are works by Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde and Max Pechstein, all members of the Expressionist group Brucke. Their use of sharp distortions of form and color was meant to increase the emotional impact of the work. Expressionist like Max Beckmann and Kathe Kollwitz employed bold, graphic black and white printmaking to communicate their social statements. Printmaking allowed the Expressionists to reach the broadest possible audience.

At the Queens Museum of Art - "637 Running Feet: Black on White Wall Drawings by 14 Artists." The exhibit continues through March 2, 2003. The opening reception is January 12, 2003. Black and white imagery on an open wall incorporating diverse styles and methods from figuration to abstract geometry and from narrative to symbolism. Employed are precise draftsmanship to stretches of masking tape to acrobatic gestures of house paint and more, all expressing varying artistic, social and cultural notions.

Queens Council on the Arts Second Annual Members Exhibition, showcasing the diverse talent of the Queens arts community, runs through January 31 at the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center at 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona.

Closer to home - "Vermillion," RAA's latest exhibition at sTudio 6, runs February 1- March 9. Opening reception is Sunday, February 2. Read more about it elsewhere in this newspaper.

Patrick Antonelle is an impressionist who has been called "The American Renoir." His paintings are in famous public and private collections. Christopher Antonelle is an abstract expressionist with a computer arts degree. He also happens to be Patrick's son. Both are RAA members. They proudly display their talents in their first Father and Son Exhibition at World Fine Art Gallery, 511 West 25 Street, Manhattan. The exhibit runs through January 30. Patrick also presents "City Lights," his newest signed and numbered limited edition of 450 and 50 artist proofs. His 2003 calendar contains 12 new 8 x 10 frameable prints. For details email: patart21@aol.com or log onto www.patricksgallery.com or www.antonelleart.com.

Thanks for your positive comments about last week's film reviews. More to come. See you at the Fort.

Caption - "City Lights" signed and numbered limited edition prints by Patrick Antonelle.


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