Detail of "Postcards from Jamaica (Colosseum Mall),"
Linda Ganjian. Queens Memory Project interview © 2020 Samantha Alethea Inniss, Linda Ganjian, CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0
Current & Upcoming
Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows 2021 (Current)
June 10 - August 7, 2021: Research Exhibition @ JCAL (161-04 Jamaica Ave) - RSVP here
July 10 - August 21, 2021: Site-specific projects on view along Jamaica Avenue
July 10, 12-3pm: Opening Reception
More workshops and events coming soon!
On view in both the Miller and Community Gallery is the first half of the 5th iteration of Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows, a group exhibition featuring the research modules of 14 NYC-based artists and artist groups. Damali Abrams, Heejung Cho, Indranil Choudhury, Cody + Julian, Sherese Francis, Linda Ganjian, Hayoon Jay Lee, Le’Andra LeSeur, Reuben Lorch-Miller, Firoz Mahmud, Nadia Misir, Sari Nordman, Jessica Segall, and Misra Walker took on the year-long endeavor to create public, socially-engaged projects in collaboration with organizations and sites throughout the neighborhood of Jamaica. On display are the various research materials and works that were gathered and created in the process, both virtually and in-person. These artist research projects provide various entry points into reflecting on the anxieties and tensions of our present moment—creative and collective responses that draw upon the social, political, ecological, digital, interactive, guerilla, and sonic. The second half, which comprises the public and outdoor realizations of this research-oriented phase, will open July 10th, 2021 (more details about projects, locations, and an opening reception coming soon!).
In times of global pandemic, art worlds everywhere have had to ask the question: how do we engage in times of closed doors and borders? Turning to community through hybrid organizing and relationship-building, these projects keep with the spirit of “flux” at the more localized, specific temporalities of everyday life. Each makes space for work that both shapes and is transformed by the limitations and demands of the times. Since its first iteration in 2004, Jamaica Flux has brought together artists, curators, scholars, local residents, community leaders, politicians, and stakeholders to build on the cultural legacy of Southeast Queens. With the greater intent to expand equity and cultural inclusion, Jamaica Flux strives to commission and present publicly accessible art projects while also documenting the developments and contradictions that arise in the process.
Jamaica Flux 2021 is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Resorts World Casino New York City, Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. This project is also made possible thanks to the generous collaborative efforts of community partners including King Manor Museum, Queens Public Library, Queens Memory Project, Jamaica Business Improvement District, and many more. Curatorial team: Danni Shen - Project Director, Heng-Gil Han - Project Advisor, Naomi Kuo - JCAL Visual Arts Program Associate.