QCulture: Artistic Expression In The Borough

BY JORDAN GIBBONS
Staff Writer

New York City has always been a hub for some of the best art galleries in the world, but you do not need to travel to Manhattan as Queens offers some excellent venues to appreciate and converse about the finest artwork. Here are some of the galleries worth checking out in the Borough.

DORSKY GALLERY CURATORIAL PROGRAMS
11-03 45th Ave., Long Island City
(718) 937-6317
Summer hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hours: Thur-Mon 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Tues-Wed)

Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting contemporary visual arts to a broad public audience. Its programs feature independently-curated exhibitions, publications, curator’s talks, symposia and art donations that seek to illuminate and deepen the public’s understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and foster conversation about contemporary art.

On display until Aug. 22, Dorsky is hosting SCRIPTopia, which showcases the work of four New Paltz alumni artists whose work addresses the intersection of contemporary craft and contemporary art.

FLUX FACTORY
39-31 29th St., Long Island City
(347) 669-1406

Flux Factory began in 1994, in an old spice factory in Williamsburg. It became an official nonprofit in 1999 and moved to Long Island City. It is now in an old three-story greeting card factory two blocks north of Queens Plaza. Flux operates as a professional multi-use facility where artists make new work and present their projects to a diverse audience. On an annual basis, the gallery provides studios for around 30 artists, exhibition opportunities for more than 150 artists and brings their work to an expanding audience of viewers. It also hosts over 50 events each year, including open studios, monthly salons, workshops, show-and-tell sessions, lecture, film screening and receptions.

To celebrate Flux Factory’s 20th anniversary, it is opening its doors for a Homecoming event that will reveal 20 years of archives and adding commissions of new works. The Homecoming exhibition will be open from Aug. 1-17. Opening night is on Aug. 1 from 6-9 p.m. and a banquet will be held on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at www.fluxfactory.org.

CROSSING ART
136-17 39th Ave., Flushing
(212) 359-4333
Hours: Daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Crossing Art has an Indo-American arts exhibit on display until Aug. 16.

Crossing Art has an Indo-American arts exhibit on display until Aug. 16.

Crossing Art is dedicated to representing a diverse roster of emerging, mid-career, and established national and international artists. The gallery is devoted to offering a rich exhibition program to both the local community and to collectors. From painting, to sculpture, installation and photography, Crossing Art prides itself on providing access to aesthetically and conceptually compelling works.

Crossing Art is currently displaying its Indo-American Arts Council: Erasing Borders exhibit until Aug. 16. It is also taking proposals from curators for fall and winter exhibits until Aug. 9. The application fee is $20. Visit www.crossingart.com for more information.

QUEENSBOROUGH COMMUNITY ART GALLERY
222-05 56th Ave., Bayside
(718) 631-6396
Hours: Mon – closed, Tues, Fri 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wed-Thur 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat – Sun 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The QCC Art Gallery is housed on the grounds of the college and contributes to the educational and cultural virality of the college and surrounding community. The Gallery’s mission is to collect and preserve, present and interpret, educate and motivate, and stimulate new art production.

The permanent collection focuses on works of contemporary American female artists, Hispanic artists and works representing the art of Africa. The African collection encompasses the full range of ceremonial and practical objects produced on the African continent.

Reach Jordan Gibbons at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123, jgibbons@queenspress.com or @jgibbons2.