2013-03-29 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Mary Beth Callahan and Madam Rayah/Susan Hartenstein in an overly dramatic reading at a previous RAA Writers Group event. Photo by Marvin Schwartz. Mary Beth Callahan and Madam Rayah/Susan Hartenstein in an overly dramatic reading at a previous RAA Writers Group event. Photo by Marvin Schwartz. The RAA Writer’s Group and RAA musicians have been invited to perform at three upcoming venues. First up is close at hand: Saturday, March 30th we are to read/perform at the MoMA PS1 VW Dome at Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme will be renewal and revival. Note: this is a beautiful time of day to be at the dome. Near sunset the changing colors of the sky, with the ocean as backdrop, create a breathtaking show of changing colors on the white structure that are, on their own, worth the visit.

Next, Friday, April 5th the writers and musicians have been invited to the DSSM McKinney Adult Day Care, Rehab and Nursing Center in Brooklyn, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The group has often entertained at the Neponsit Day Care Center, and Sandy caused the residents to have to be moved to this Brooklyn Center. Note: April is Poetry Month. Sunday, April 14th, thanks to writer Sandra Proto, the RAA Writers Group and musicians have been booked for an afternoon reading at the Sip This Café coffeehouse at 64 Rockaway Avenue in Valley Stream from 2-4 p.m. If you wish to read your original work (or have someone else read it) or wish to ‘musicianize’ at these events please contact group leader Dan Guarino asap at: TWCgxwgj@aol.com.

Of course it may be too late for tomorrow’s event, but the others have a bit (not much) of hang time. Even if you don’t wish to perform, please attend them and bring friends and family. They have been consistently entertaining, presenting quality words and music, usually moving visitors to take to whatever improvised dance floor is possible. And they are about community, neighbors and friends.

The Queens Museum of Art is inviting artists to submit for the Queens International 2013. The deadline for submission is May 12th, 2013. The exhibition dates are October 2013- February/ March 2014. Curators are Meiya Chang (Curator, Taiwan) and Hitomi Iwasaki (Director of Exhibitions/ Curator, QMA). The Queens International exhibition has been a tradition since 2001.

Artists are asked to submit their materials and ideas to be considered for the exhibit at the Queens Museum. Queens International is a biennial of artists living and/or working in Queens which “brings together the vibrant borough through contemporary cultural production in all media.” The Museum welcomes artists to “be part of our expanding vision and celebrate the Queens Museum’s grand reopening with a facility that doubles our original size in October, 2013.” The Museum declares that in the spirit of expansiveness, and for the first time, they are inviting, not just visual artists, but all creative people in Queens to submit for the 6th edition of Queens International. “Artists, visionaries, literati, impresarios, makers of all trades! Submit your materials and/or propose a new work, project, or innovative programming idea (educational, public events, performance based, on- and off-site), catalogue design, exhibition design, and beyond. The selected works may be realized with modest financial assistance by the museum or presented in a proposal format in the exhibition.”

There will be an Open House on April 7th, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. You can sign up for hard hat tours of the new galleries and Q&A with curatorial staff members to prepare your submission. RSVP to submissions@queensmuseum.org

Proposal Slam: Sunday, May 19th (time to be announced) All applicants are invited to sign up for a rapid-fire 3- 5 minute public presentation of their proposal for Queens International 2013. Says QMA, “It’s an open forum for Queens artists to network. No pressure it is not part of the selection process, and drinks are on us!” RSVP to submissions@queensmuseum.org

Submit your application through the online form. For more info visit: queensmuseum.org.

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