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There’s been so much hemming and hawing about “social practice” art in the past few years, it’s a little painful to even say, or type, the phrase. So, it felt a little odd to be picking up a fairly lengthy book on the topic, What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation. But the number one reason I was intrigued by this volume is the person who put it together: Tom Finkelpearl.

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Post image for Queens Museum of Art Doubles in Size and Halves its Name

The Queens Museum of Art is doubling in size with its expansion set to open this October, and seems to be countering that growth by halving the words in its name down to the succinct Queens Museum. Despite already inhabiting the grand space of the New York City Building from the 1939 World’s Fair, the $68 million expansion project is bringing its total space to 105,000 square feet. In comparison, the Brooklyn Museum is 560,000 square feet, and the Metropolitan Museum is more than 2,000,000, so it will still be something of a lightweight on the local museum scene, although it will bring it closer to the space capabilities of an institution like MoMA PS1, which is at 125,000 square feet.

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