People’s Tent of Tomorrow
Join us for the New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition!
The New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition is an “anything goes” approach to radically reimagine one of New York City’s most iconic buildings and a defining landmark of Queens. Hibridos Collective is partnering with People for the Pavilion and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to host the “People’s Tent of Tomorrow” as part of the Ideas Competition. The “People’s Tent of Tomorrow” is a pop-up tent paying tribute to the New York State Pavilion created for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair held at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which has been closed since 1974.
These monthly public programs will engage the community in submitting their big ideas for the future of this historic landmark in the heart of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This is an opportunity for locals and passersby to learn about the history of this space and reimagine the possibilities for the future through drawing, sketching, doodling, and any form of design.
The public programs for the People’s Tent of Tomorrow will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on:
Sunday, March 20th at Queens Theatre
Art Educators: Leontine Greenberg and Rica Takashima
Sunday, April 24th at Queens Public Library at Flushing
Art Educators: Deborah Wasserman and Priscilla Stadler
Saturday, May 28th at 78th Street Plaza in Jackson Heights
Art Educators: Leontine Greenberg and Deborah Wasserman
Saturday, June 25th at Corona Plaza
Art Educators: Liene Bosquê and Linda Ganjian
For more information about the competition, please visit www.nyspideas.org
Art Educator Bios
(in order of appearance)
Leontine Greenberg leontinegreenberg.tumblr.com
She has lived in New York City for 20 years, since graduating with a BFA in Illustration and Set Design from Washington University in St. Louis. She worked for the founder of the New York Women’s Foundation, and at a small gallery in Jersey City before taking a job in DVD production at BBC America. When her daughter was born, she went on to pursue a MSEd with a focus on special education for children with emotional and behavioral challenges. Currently, she shows her paintings at galleries in New York and LA, and sells prints of her work online. As an artist and educator, she is interested in bringing new perspectives on art making to children and adults, to enrich their lives and expand the strategies available to them for communication and self-expression.
The “People’s Tent of Tomorrow” speaks to Leontine as a way to give members of the community a voice in the planning of their city, particularly those who might not have another way to find out about the project, or who might not have felt empowered to submit their ideas through existing channels. Often the people who most rely on public spaces are the people who feel least able to influence the form those spaces take. This project feels like a necessary corrective to that problem.
Rica Takashima aozoraart.com
She was born and raised in Japan. Rica creates manga, participatory projects, and sculptures that are humorous and playful in nature. Her questioning of traditional Japanese patriarchal family values and discrimination against LGBTQ people motivated her to launch public art installations involving audience participation and feedback. These life- to larger-than-life projects simultaneously demystify art, bring it to the masses, and make the audience think. She later expanded her portfolio by creating manga, Japanese graphic novels, as well. Using colorful and fun modes of expression, Rica challenges viewers to reconsider their pre-existing social values and reactions towards concepts such as gender, age, and race, and feel more empathy for members of society who are different from them. Rica immigrated to the United States with her family in 2008 and currently resides in Queens, NY.
Her public art installations have been exhibited in unique outdoor venues and her illustration and graphic novels have been published throughout the world. The “People’s Tent of Tomorrow” is an opportunity for Rica to continue expanding her public art practice in the context of a historic landmark.
Deborah Wasserman deborahwasserman.com
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and raised in Israel, Deborah Wasserman is currently living and working in Brooklyn and Queens. She is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Deborah Wasserman has received grants from the Experimental Television Center, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Aljira Center for the Arts and the America-Israel cultural foundation. Her work has been exhibited in the USA, Brazil, the Nethelands, Germany and Israel, in such venues as The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Tel Aviv Museum of the Arts, The World Wide Video Festival, White Columns, Gale Gates Gallery, GenArt and A.I.R gallery.
Priscilla Stadler priscillastadler.com
NYC artist Priscilla Stadler works with community engagement and installations. Her Fragile City series of fabric building installations has been developed for sites ranging from street corners to galleries to a 19th century barn. In 2013 for her FAVORS project Stadler challenged the people of Queens – and beyond – to disprove the stereotype of New Yorkers as cutthroat egomaniacs by doing favors for friends, family and strangers, then created an installation comprised of descriptions of hundreds of the generous acts that people did. In 2014 she was a Create Change Fellow with The Laundromat Project where she collaborated with artists and gardeners in the Bronx. She received grants from the Queens Council on the Arts to develop art projects in 2009 and 2013. Stadler collaborates with the public, artists, and community organizers to develop dialogue and use art as a tool for creative social justice.
Liene Bosquê lienebosque.com
She is a Brazilian artist based in Queens. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011, and a BFA from the Sao Paulo Estate University, as well as a BA in Architecture and Urbanism from the Mackenzie University in 2004. In 2013 she was a resident artist at Workspace Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and received the Manhattan Community Arts Fund. Bosquê has exhibited her installations, sculptures and social engaged work in national and international venues including; MoMA PS1 (2016), William Holman Gallery in New York (2015); Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago (2013); New York Foundation for the Arts Gallery in Brooklyn (2013); the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, Illinois (2012); Carpe Diem in Lisbon, Portugal (2010); Museu de Arte de Ribeirão Preto in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil (2007); among others non-profit galleries and public spaces in Brazil, Portugal, Turkey, and United States.
Linda Ganjian lindaganjian.net
She is a Queens-based artist who works in a variety of materials, from clay to cement to paper. She received her B.A. from Bard College in 1992 and her MFA from Hunter College in 1998. Her work has been exhibited in New York and abroad. Some exhibition highlights include: Depo, Istanbul; Auxiliary Projects; Artspace, New Haven, CT; National Academy of Design; Socrates Sculpture Park; Queens Museum; Storefront for Art and Architecture; eyewash@Boreas Gallery; the Brooklyn Museum of Art ; and Stedelijk museum de Lakenhal in Leiden, Holland. She completed a public art commission for the NYC School Construction Authority in 2014 through the NYC Percent for Art program and is currently working on one for the MTA.
New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition #NYSPideas
Presented by the National Trust and People for the Pavilion, and sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, the New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition is an “anything goes” approach to radically re-imagine one of New York City’s most iconic buildings and a defining landmark of Queens.
As a programming partner, Hibridos Collective is hosting monthly public programs throughout the duration of the competition. Hibridos Collective’s the “People’s Tent of Tomorrow” is a pop-up tent paying tribute to the New York State Pavilion by offering visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of this landmark, and to imagine the possibilities for its future.