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(photo courtesy the Queens Museum)

You’d be hard-pressed to find an art event happening in New York City this weekend that sounds more timely than this one: “Art as a Tool for Resistance,” a collaboration between the Social Practice Queens (SPQ) MFA program and the Queens Museum. Taking place on Sunday, June 11, at the museum, the event consists of two parts: “Resistance Theatre” and “DebtBank.” The former — led by artists and SPQ students Julian Phillips, Zaid Islam, Floor Grootenhuis — will create a forum “to explore the practical and interpersonal facets of protest and authority”; participants will engage in such exercises as a discussion of how resistance is manifested in protest signs and using their bodies to explore how space is restricted during demonstrations. The latter — organized by artists and SPQ students Alix Camacho Vargas and Jeff Kasper — is “a surreal bilingual (Spanish/English) resource desk” that aims to demystify and share resources about debt; visitors are invited to ask a question or answer someone’s else’s about debt.

If that’s not enough politics and art for you, you could also check out a great-sounding exhibition at the museum that opens this week. The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens, presented by the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY, traces the history of the Queens LGBTQ community from the 1990s to today. Using photographs, flyers, video footage, and audio recollections, with a special focus on the evolution of the Queens Pride Parade, the show should shed important light on an under-explored community.

Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride Committee Co-Chairs Maritza Martinez and Daniel Dromm (third and fourth from left) lead the First Annual Queens Pride Parade, 1993 (photo courtesy Daniel Dromm Photograph Collection, LaGuardia and Wagner Archives, LAGCC, CUNY)

When: Sunday, June 11, 1–4:30pm (email nung-hsin@queensmuseum.org to register for “Resistance Theatre”)
Where: Queens Museum (New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens)

More info here

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