Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College

Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College The GT Museum is the only museum in the CUNY system, and in Queens, with a permanent collection of more than 7,000 works of art ranging from the 3rd mill.
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The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is a professional not-for-profit art institution situated on the Flushing, Queens campus of Queens College, the City University of New York. A comprehensive permanent collection of 7,000 objects from all cultures, ranging from the ancient world to the present day, is used to organize exhibitions and programs as cultural and educational vehicles for students, faculty and public audiences alike. Presentations of contemporary and historical significance alternate between showcases of the collection and special exhibitions. Founded in 1981 by art historian Frances Godwin and noted art restorer Joseph Ternbach, the Museum's mission has grown with the changing times from a teaching museum for the benefit of art students to a public museum that reaches out beyond the college campus. The Museum serves many constituencies: the Queens College community, the 1.9 million residents of the borough of Queens and an audience from nearby Long Island communities and metropolitan New York. The Museum's primary audience is a vital, cosmopolitan mix of African-American, Asian, Latino and European cultures living in the most diverse county in the nation. Ternbach and Godwin were part of this century's waves of immigrants from Western and Eastern Europe who sought a better life and political refuge. Their desire to provide a vital center to carry on the history and cultural traditions they brought with them continues as a living part of the Museum's vision, now modeled to the interests of the new communities it serves. All visual art and cultural exhibitions and programs of the Museum are free and accessible to the public.

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Today, in celebration of Women’s History Month, Godwin-Ternbach Museum honors the mostly anonymous women artists, makers...
03/24/2021

Today, in celebration of Women’s History Month, Godwin-Ternbach Museum honors the mostly anonymous women artists, makers, artisans, and creators, of ancient to modern textiles, ceramics, and basketry in our permanent collection. Though women have been fully contributing to creative and practical efforts in these realms for millennia, their contribution has been challenged and even minimized by scholars and historians alike. Recent research contests these commonly held beliefs through scientific testing and rigorous analysis.

For example, Max G. Levy (https://www.sapiens.org/author/max-levy/) reports that female ceramicists in Greece are now thought to be the true artisans behind the complex painted patterns on the Dipylon amphora of nearly 2,800-years-ago depicting a funeral scene.

Based on the research of University of Toronto’s Sarah Murray and her colleagues, Murray demonstrates that the geometric patterns in clay bear a strong relationship to weaving, typically the realm of women. “The fact is that the style seems to be inspired by textiles is kind of like the big, blaring horn,” she says. “Women are almost always the weavers.”(www.jstor.org/stable/10.3764/aja.124.2.0215. Accessed 19 Mar. 2021.)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR. Tuesday, March 23rd at 7pm, we are thrilled to welcome contemporary artist Perry Hu for a virtual ar...
03/15/2021

MARK YOUR CALENDAR.

Tuesday, March 23rd at 7pm, we are thrilled to welcome contemporary artist Perry Hu for a virtual artist talk via Zoom!

Hu uses photography as a tool and medium of regard in both geographic and mental connection to the homeland of his parents who had departed it because of civil war. His photography and research activity in recent years has largely focused on a connection to ongoing developments in Chinese society. ​

This program is FREE and registration is required.

Please email [email protected] to register and receive instructions on how to join us online.

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is celebrating Women’s History Month in March. Today, we celebrate the art and life of Louise...
03/10/2021

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is celebrating Women’s History Month in March. Today, we celebrate the art and life of Louise Nevelson, a seminal figure in twentieth-century public sculpture and installation.

The museum is fortunate to have three works by Nevelson in its collection: Triptych, 1958, given by the artist; Earth in Cosmos, c. 1963, given by Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Steinberg; and an untitled print (geometric abstraction), 1984, given by Mr. Leo Shear. The first two works are illustrated here.

This month, Godwin-Ternbach Museum celebrates Women’s History Month. Today, we are featuring the work of feminist and ac...
03/04/2021

This month, Godwin-Ternbach Museum celebrates Women’s History Month.

Today, we are featuring the work of feminist and activist May Stevens, Big Daddy Paper Doll, 1970, gifted by the artist in 1971.

Today, Godwin-Ternbach Museum celebrates documentary photographer, Civil Rights activist, and filmmaker Robert E. “Bob” ...
02/22/2021

Today, Godwin-Ternbach Museum celebrates documentary photographer, Civil Rights activist, and filmmaker Robert E. “Bob” Fletcher. His portrait, Mississippi Children, is featured in our exhibition HUMAN NATURE: Portraits from the Permanent Collection.

For more about Fletcher’s activism and documentary photography during the 1960s, please visit http://archives.nypl.org/scm/20677

Today, Godwin-Ternbach Museum celebrates Claude Clark. The museum is fortunate to own several works by Clark, one of whi...
02/15/2021

Today, Godwin-Ternbach Museum celebrates Claude Clark. The museum is fortunate to own several works by Clark, one of which is featured in our exhibition 'HUMAN NATURE: Portraits from the Permanent Collection'.
In Clark's expressionistic style, he uses tone and texture to portray this singular portrait of a proud black woman in Head of a Woman (Princess).

Art is never silent. Art transcends boundaries and allows for dialogue and change. Through his art, Hale Aspacio Woodruf...
02/09/2021

Art is never silent. Art transcends boundaries and allows for dialogue and change.
Through his art, Hale Aspacio Woodruff was able to highlight the experiences of African Americans living in the segregated South in the 1930s. It is through his art and many others like him that we are able to hold conversations on how to continue the fight against racism and create equity in museums and the world.

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Art is never silent. Art transcends boundaries and allows for dialogue and change. This month, GTM is celebrating Black ...
02/01/2021

Art is never silent. Art transcends boundaries and allows for dialogue and change.
This month, GTM is celebrating Black History Month with four works by African and African-American artists in our collection.

This first post is for M. Jume's sculpture, Family Group, which celebrates the power of families and communities. It is through his art and many others like him that we are able to hold conversations on how to create equity in museums and the world.
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📣 EXCITING NEWS 📣The museum is happy to announce that we will have our second virtual exhibition live on our website in ...
01/25/2021

📣 EXCITING NEWS 📣
The museum is happy to announce that we will have our second virtual exhibition live on our website in March!

The exhibition ‘Pages from the Photography Collection: Feininger, Genthe, Gibson, Schwarzenbach, and Warhol’ will draw upon the museum’s photography collection and highlight a small selection of works in which the holdings are of a significant number for each artist.

Check out our website at www.gtmuseum.org for more information!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR 🗓Next Tuesday, January 19th at 7PM, we are thrilled to welcome contemporary artist Jordan Casteel for...
01/12/2021

MARK YOUR CALENDAR 🗓
Next Tuesday, January 19th at 7PM, we are thrilled to welcome contemporary artist Jordan Casteel for a virtual artist talk!

Casteel has rooted her practice in community engagement, painting from her own photographs of people she encounters. Posing her subjects within their natural environments, her nearly life-size portraits and cropped compositions chronicle personal observations of the human experience.

This program is FREE and registrations are required.
Please email [email protected] to register and receive instructions on how to join us online.

Happy New Year to all! 🎊We hope you had a nice and restful weekend.Have you checked out our virtual exhibition yet? This...
01/04/2021

Happy New Year to all! 🎊
We hope you had a nice and restful weekend.
Have you checked out our virtual exhibition yet?
This work by the atelier of Jean-Baptiste Greuze of Girl with Cards (c. 1760-1770) is part of the exhibition and was recreated by a Queens College student!

Are you up for a challenge? If so, head to our website www.gtmuseum.org, view the current exhibition and feel inspired to recreate a work of art yourself 😃
Send us your recreation at [email protected] for a chance to be featured on our page!

12/24/2020
Thank you to all those who attended the virtual Curator Talk event with Louise Weinberg.  It was truly a wonderful eveni...
12/11/2020
Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing

Thank you to all those who attended the virtual Curator Talk event with Louise Weinberg. It was truly a wonderful evening and conversation as we got an inside glimpse into the curating process for the current exhibition.
If you missed last night's talk, you can find the recording HERE.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/VLBoa5n2crNWpWpPf5WD9M3-YMAw1Ozubq2BzABS-54KDoSTPCjHj0MmMOWus6lXJVqFLXUGcKK_Wssu.0ggD7Epl5QSEDKP2

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Join us on Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm for a curator talk featuring Godwin-Ternbach Museum’s curator and co-director Lo...
12/02/2020

Join us on Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm for a curator talk featuring Godwin-Ternbach Museum’s curator and co-director Louise Weinberg.

In this talk, Louise will offer an inside look at the curating process for the current exhibition HUMAN/Nature: Portraits from the Permanent Collection.

* Program is FREE and registrations are required.
Please email [email protected] to register and receive instructions on how to join us online.

We are so thankful for your support this year! We hope you are all keeping healthy and safe.  Although we are not open t...
11/25/2020

We are so thankful for your support this year!
We hope you are all keeping healthy and safe.
Although we are not open to the public, please visit our website for a view of our virtual exhibition "Human/Nature: Portraits from the Permanent Collection".

We also have a few events coming up that you may be interested in including a guided art meditation and yoga session (open to students only) on November 30th at 12:15pm and a curator talk on December 8th at 7pm.
For questions and/or additional information, please email us at [email protected]

*Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer, Flowers in a vase, 1680, Oil on Canvas.

t’s that time or the year again. Final papers, projects and exams are quickly approaching 📚📓Mind, Body, and Soul: A Week...
11/24/2020

t’s that time or the year again. Final papers, projects and exams are quickly approaching 📚📓
Mind, Body, and Soul: A Week of Wellness and Self-Care starts next week on 11/30! Join us on Monday from 12:15-1:15pm for a guided art meditation and yoga practice via Zoom 🧘🏻‍♂️🖼🧘🏽‍♀️

To sign up for this and other events throughout the week, please register at:
https://forms.gle/hYEa3V3x3sXGpBMGA
Or email us at [email protected] directly to receive registration link.

This event is FREE and open to QC students only.

Kupferberg Center for the Arts
11/02/2020

Kupferberg Center for the Arts

WEDNESDAY, 6PM ET: Queens College Professor Gina Minielli explores portrait photography in this Free Online Artist Talk. Email [email protected] to register & receive instructions on how to join us.

Portrait photography is the art of capturing the inherent character of your subject. Going beyond just clicking pictures of people, Gina will discuss her own journey of creating photographic portraits for the past three decades with Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College.

IMAGES: "Sight Unseen" Exhibition

Exhibited in support of National Mental Health Month, this photographic series by Minielli visualizes common mental health conditions that are too often misunderstood or stigmatized.

LEARN MORE: https://gmgphoto.myportfolio.com/projects

#mentalhealth #mentalhealthmonth #artisttalk #photographer #portraitphotography #portraitphotographer #queenscollege

Mark your calendar next Wednesday, November 4 at 6pm. Artist and Queens College professor Gina Minielli will be discussi...
10/29/2020

Mark your calendar next Wednesday, November 4 at 6pm. Artist and Queens College professor Gina Minielli will be discussing her journey as a photographer and creating portraits for the past three decades in this engaging Artist Talk!
Program is FREE and will be virtual through Zoom 💻
To register, please email [email protected].

Join us virtually next week on Wednesday, October 28th at 6pm for an Artist Talk featuring Deja Patterson. Deja is a Que...
10/22/2020

Join us virtually next week on Wednesday, October 28th at 6pm for an Artist Talk featuring Deja Patterson.

Deja is a Queens College alumna and in this engaging talk she will address how ideals of beauty have changed throughout the course of history.
Deja’s paintings reclaim the Black female nude and reclaim power against unrealistic societal standards.

* Program is FREE and registrations are required. Please email [email protected] to register and receive instructions on how to join us online.

Kupferberg Center for the Arts
10/12/2020

Kupferberg Center for the Arts

TUESDAY, 7PM: Portraits of Black people through the eyes of a Black photographer. Join this talk with Azikiwe Mohammed and the Godwin Ternbach Museum through Zoom.

Azikiwe will focus on his traveling free portrait studio, in this free artist discussion.

RSVP REQUIRED: Please email [email protected] to receive the Zoom link prior to the event.

Pictured: Big Karl

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We are excited to welcome artist Azikiwe Mohammed to give the first virtual Artist Talk of the season on Tuesday, Octobe...
10/08/2020

We are excited to welcome artist Azikiwe Mohammed to give the first virtual Artist Talk of the season on Tuesday, October 13th at 7pm through Zoom! 💻

We invite you to join us! Please email [email protected] to register and receive Zoom link info.

And don’t forget to check out our virtual exhibition Human/Nature: Portraits from the Permanent Collection now on view at www.gtmuseum.org !

It was great to connect with you all yesterday! Thank you Kupferberg Center for the Arts for hosting this virtual event,...
09/30/2020

It was great to connect with you all yesterday!
Thank you Kupferberg Center for the Arts for hosting this virtual event, and a special thanks to Queens College President Frank Wu for joining us.
In case you missed the live conversation and introduction into our virtual exhibition HUMAN/Nature: Portraits from the Permanent Collection​, here are the links to the video.

Watch Video on FaceBook
https://www.facebook.com/KupferbergCenterArts/videos/635403954035315/

Watch Video on YouTube
https://youtu.be/cPB7vidaqZM

Don't forget to check out the exhibition on our website at www.gtmuseum.org.

Kupferberg Center for the Arts
09/28/2020

Kupferberg Center for the Arts

TUESDAY, 7PM: See a virtual exhibition of rarely seen works from Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College. Join us on either YouTube or Facebook. SET A REMINDER with the direct links below.

YT: http://bit.ly/gtmuseum-yt-tour
FB: http://bit.ly/gtmuseum-fb-tour

The live stream will feature museum co-directors Louis Weinberg and Maria Pio, with special guest Queens College President Frank Wu.

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The wait is finally over! Although we won't be seeing you in person at the museum this fall, we are happy to launch our ...
09/24/2020

The wait is finally over!
Although we won't be seeing you in person at the museum this fall, we are happy to launch our first ever virtual exhibition NOW ON VIEW on our website at http://www.gtmuseum.org.
We hope you enjoy it and please stay tuned for upcoming information on virtual events!

Giorgio de Chirico (1888 – 1978) was an Italian artist born in Greece and schooled in Athens and Munich. Inspired by the...
09/17/2020

Giorgio de Chirico (1888 – 1978) was an Italian artist born in Greece and schooled in Athens and Munich. Inspired by the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, de Chirico wished to express the underlying essence of things, through his adoption of "Metaphysical " symbolism. His best-known works are paintings from this period (1909 - 1919) when his subjects were primarily cityscapes featuring empty plazas and arcades, antique monuments, headless mannequins, and trains, accentuated by elongated shadows and motionless, illogical perspective. Although he is most remembered for these highly idiosyncratic paintings, De Chirico also depicted nudes, bathers, and other figures in his later years.

From our collection, a color lithograph featuring a human figure, Gladiator (Gladiatore), 1929, is from the Metamorphosis series of six prints.

This Mosque Lamp with Blazon from our collection is an early 14th-century piece. Lamps such as the one reproduced in thi...
09/03/2020

This Mosque Lamp with Blazon from our collection is an early 14th-century piece. Lamps such as the one reproduced in this copy were made to illuminate mosques.

Mosque lamps could be made of pottery or glass. Filled with oil and a wick, they would have been suspended from the ceiling, using the small lug-handles on the body. The body of this lamp has a gold-painted Persian inscription covered with elaborate decoration.

*Mosque Lamp with Blazon (Copy of an early 14 century Mamluk lamp), Glass with enamel and gold leaf.

The painting "Le Train Bleu" by English painter William Roberts (1895-1980) depicts dancers in a production of Le Train ...
08/27/2020

The painting "Le Train Bleu" by English painter William Roberts (1895-1980) depicts dancers in a production of Le Train Bleu, a ballet created in 1924 by Serge Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, with the story by Jean Cocteau, costumes by Coco Chanel and a curtain painted by Pablo Picasso.

The original Le Train Bleu, known officially as the Calais-Mediterranée Express, was a French night express train which operated from 1922 to 2007.​​

* Le Tain Bleu, Roberts William, c.1924, Oil on canvas.

We have some exciting NEWS 📣 We are preparing for our first ever VIRTUAL exhibition!Human|Nature: Portraits from the Per...
08/20/2020

We have some exciting NEWS 📣 We are preparing for our first ever VIRTUAL exhibition!
Human|Nature: Portraits from the Permanent Collection will be on view on our website (www.gtmuseum.org) starting September 10 🗓
Follow us along to keep up-to-date with all events and programs this fall. See you in the virtual realm 🤗💻🖼

This elegant box from our collection features lacquer and inlaying techniques. This specific type of lacquer technique i...
08/13/2020

This elegant box from our collection features lacquer and inlaying techniques. This specific type of lacquer technique is known as "maki-e", referring to the method of adding silver, or in this case, gold flakes or shavings, before the final protective layer is applied.

The beautifully rendered naturalistic chrysanthemum blossoms and leaves, and the imperial crest are inlaid with mother of pearl. The crest is the typical 16-petal "Kikumon" or chrysanthemum "Kamon" (Japanese for family crest).

*Unknown artist, Box with Chrysanthemum Design, 1700-1750, Lacquer maki-e and mother-of-pearl.

This painting by American painter Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi reminds us of a very familiar place for many of us: the subway...
08/06/2020

This painting by American painter Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi reminds us of a very familiar place for many of us: the subway platform. Whether we are slowly getting back to commuting now or have done so in the past, we all know the feeling of standing on the platform waiting for the train to arrive.

This painting from our collection, titled "Down Side El Platform (Bleecker Street Station)" depicts a now-defunct station on New York City's Ninth Avenue elevated transit system. It was done in 1938 during Guglielmi's four-year term of employment with the W.P.A. /F.A.P. - the federally-funded program that provided artists with financial relief for works of art they produced.

Guglielmi worked in a precisely detailed manner. Like much of his early work, this one is a melancholy meditation on the common urban experience. The religious and death imagery prevalent in his early paintings are noticeable also in this work, including the cross formed in the mullions as light shines through the central window, and the young boy carries a funeral wreath.

* O. Louis Guglielmi, Down Side El Platform (Bleeker Street Station), 1935-1943, Oil on board

Have you tried to re-create an artwork with objects found at home?  We challenge you to take on the #gettymuseumchalleng...
07/30/2020

Have you tried to re-create an artwork with objects found at home? We challenge you to take on the #gettymuseumchallenge and find an artwork from our collection to recreate!
One of our teaching artists, Rachel, accepted the challenge and recreated this portrait of Charles V of Spain by Antonis Mor.
Send us your own recreations to be featured on our page and don't forget to use the hashtag #GTMatHome

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405 Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, NY
11367

SUBWAYS 1) Via Flushing: Take the Long Island Railroad or the #7 subway to Main Street, Flushing. From Main Street, take the Q25, Q25-34, Q34 or Q17 bus. 2) Via Forest Hills: Take the E, F, G, or R subway to the 71st and Continental Avenue in Forest Hills. Take the exit marked "North side 70 Ave and 108 St." At the corner, take the Q64 bus to Kissena Boulevard and Jewel Avenue. Stops one block south of campus. 3) Via Jamaica: Take the F subway to Parsons Boulevard or the LIRR to the Jamaica Station. From Jamaica Avenue and 160th Street or Hillside Avenue and Parsons Boulevard, take the Q25, Q25-34, or Q34 bus. From Hillside Avenue and either 169th or 179th Street, take the Q17 bus to the LIE and Kissena Boulevard. 4) Via Kew Gardens: Take the E or F subway to Union Turnpike. Take Q74 Vleigh Place shuttle to main gate. BUS LINES 1) Q25-34 Runs from Main Street, Flushing (#7 subway and LIRR stations), along Kissena (stops at the main gate) and Parsons Boulevards to Jamaica Avenue and 160th Street (BMT and IND). 2) Q44 Runs from West Farms Square, Bronx (IRT) to Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica (LIRR station). Stops at Main Street and Melbourne Avenue, two blocks west of campus. 3) Q74 Runs from Union Turnpike, Kew Gardens (IND), along Vleigh Place, Main Street and the LIE service road, and then turns onto Kissena Boulevard. Stops at the main gate. 4) Q64 Runs from Continental Avenue, Forest Hills (IND), along Jewel Avenue to 164th Street. Stops one block from campus. 5) Q17 Runs from Main Street, Flushing (#7 subway and LIRR stations), to 165th Street terminal in Jamaica (passing the IND 179th Street station). Travels along Kissena Boulevard, LIE service road, 188th Street, and Hillside Avenue. Stops at Kissena and the LIE, two blocks from the main gate. 6) Q88 Runs from Springfield Boulevard and Union Turnpike along Springfield to 73rd Avenue; along (or west on) 73rd Avenue to 188th Street; along 188th Street to the LIE; along LIE service road to Queens Boulevard and Woodhaven Boulevard. Stops at Kissena Boulevard and the LIE, two blocks from the main gate.

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