YEAR OF
UNCERTAINTY

Welcome to the digital platform for the Queens Museum’s Year of Uncertainty! This blog traces and chronicles a year of conversation, experimentation, and reflection among stakeholders and members of our communities, centering five themes: Care, Repair, Play, Justice, The Future. The navigation bar below can guide your experience through this collaborative and unfiltered project. Enjoy yourself!

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Poster for

the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University

February 4, 2022

Queens Museum Staff

January 6, 2022

the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University

December 20, 2021

Group of children standing and sitting show off their works of art by raising it in the air. They hold their art high with pride. Their artwork looks like circular cardboard with holes where strings of ribbon dangle. Along the sides there are a couple of adults also sitting and standing. The ground is concrete and behind them are a series of portraits on fabric of male identified individuals. Grupo de niños en pie y sentados mostrando sus obras de arte levantándolas en el aire. Mantienen su arte en alto con orgullo. Su obra de arte parece como cartón circular con agujeros donde cuelgan hilos de cinta. A los lados hay un par de adultos también sentados y de pie. El suelo es de cemento y detrás de ellos hay una serie de retratos sobre tela de individuos identificados como masculinos.

Queens Museum Staff

December 10, 2021

Queens Museum Staff

December 8, 2021

Logo of the TV show

the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University

December 1, 2021

Yesenia Torres

November 19, 2021

A digital rendering of artist Vaimoana Niumeitolu’s community mural in Astoria, Queens. The mural features multicolored, Mandala-inspired geometrical structures composed of circles, triangles, and Oriental patterns. A miniature Unisphere appears in the center of one of the large the circular shapes.

Malikah

November 4, 2021

A composite image made up of two headshots. On the left, a headshot of Tecumseh Ceaser. An Indigenous artist with red cap on that reads Decolonize. He wears a navy blue button up with white dots. On his neck, two necklaces, one with a hanging Wampum carved shell and a second one shaped in a circle made out of bright green beads. On the right: a headshot of Shane Weeks. An Indigenous artist with a white t-shirt that reads “Race*Shinnecock*Nation*Warrior” in a circle, with “2017” in the center and two paddles forming an “X”. An arrow is placed across the intersecting paddles.

Honoring Our Connection to Ocean Ancestors and Reclaiming Ceremony: Shane Weeks and Tecumseh Ceaser in Conversation

Tecumseh Ceaser

November 4, 2021

Access in the Atrium

MIXdesign

November 2, 2021

Held tight by a black frame, austere capital letters of a similar thickness to the frame itself spell out “Unbroken Windows” on a white background. The “o” in “Windows” is square, and filled with a glowing yellow light.

the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University

October 28, 2021

A light yellow Montez Press Radio post-it covered in layers of multicolored handwritten and stamped text. The texts elements are very densely layered, to the point of being indiscernible and illegible.

Montez Press Radio

October 20, 2021

We the People? /¿Nosotrxs la gente?

Alex Strada & Tali Keren

October 14, 2021

An image of handwritten notes in black ink. The notes cite Naeem Mohaiemen’s projects over the last ten years, highlighting the type of footage he’s used and his interests overall.

Queens Museum Staff

October 13, 2021

A group of mostly Latina women looking left smiling. Four of them are squatting and holding a medium sized knitted sweater. Six of them are standing being expressive with their hands. Behind them is a series of images of knitted things and knitted items. On the right corner of the image there is a small christmas tree adorned with small spheres, the floor is a reddish brown. Some of them are also wearing an array of knitted sweaters.

BordeAndo

October 10, 2021

Designing YoU

New Information

October 9, 2021

Five colorful banners hang from the ceiling reading “Proposal for a 28th Amendment?” And “Is it possible to amend an unequal system?” in the five most spoken languages in Corona, NY. Below the banners, four visitors stand and lay on the five wooden colorful soapboxes in different arrangements.

Alex Strada & Tali Keren

October 2, 2021

In the center are two TV’s back to back attached to a stand on a decorative square rug. On the left, posters of black and white images from the June 4th, 2020 Bronx protests with a variety of slogans. On the right, mixed medium drawings in red and black pinned to the wall.

Julian Louis Phillips

October 2, 2021

Window display housing a two sided graph board with dried fruits on the floor below. Adjacent to the window display is a glass door with overlay text reading “New Yorkool”. Additional text describes Mo Kong’s imagined dystopian future.

Mo Kong

October 2, 2021

On top of a black pedestal, a glass box with metal vents houses a large jasmine plant bathed in pink light. On either side, a rectangle of semi-transparent sheet with a green maze structure is held up by unfinished wood.

Utsa Hazarika

October 2, 2021