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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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

A photo of the Queens Museum's Lower Atrium. Five multi-colored banners hang from the ceiling featuring the text

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

This image focuses on a wood burning fire pit. Logs are stacked in the foreground and smoke is rising around them. There are four people are present. Three are in the background, focused on the fire with expectant expressions. A fourth person stands above the fire, appearing to arrange logs. This person wears a hat and many other adornments: fringed clothing, and jewelry made of leather, bone, silver, and stones.

Tecumseh Ceaser

October 1, 2021

The same four men are captured in a black and white image. They all appear in motion, their bodies curved in dance-like formations.

Kenneth Tam

September 27, 2021

Uncertainty As A New Community Practice at the Queens Museum

Stella Toonen

September 15, 2021

A light green Montez Press Radio post-it with a mix of handwritten and stamped text. A portion of the stamped text reads

Montez Press Radio

August 29, 2021

A photograph of the proposed Antarctic Meteorological Station, built and on-display in General Motors’ Pavilion at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair as a part of the audiovisual amusement ride, Futurama. Two men sit at a control desk with maps of the world, assorted knobs and buttons, and screens in front of them, assumed to be surveying the environment from beneath the ice, sometime in the future.

Kevin Wu

August 15, 2021

A Selection of Books from the YoU Study

Queens Museum Staff

June 10, 2021

Shannon Finnegan speaking during the Q&A session: they appear in a large box, wearing a gray jumper in a domestic room with a bookcase in the background.

Shannon Finnegan

May 3, 2021