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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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

Logo of the TV show

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

December 1, 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

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

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

A blue wall has small white wall text on the left. In the middle, a large monitor with a blue water droplet displays ways to say “water” across languages in the Algonquian language family. There is a large white wall text on the right: “Tecumseh Ceaser Water Connects Us All”

Tecumseh Ceaser

October 2, 2021

On the left side, there is a large projected still from Gabo Camnitzer’s film, a Picture-in-Picture view of archival classroom materials and blueprints. In the background to the right of the projection, a stack of blue and white posters are on the floor. To the right of the posters, facing the projection, are nine small public school chairs in different colors and materials. Behind the chairs is a large wall text of the exhibit, and to the right is an empty doorway emanating bright green light.

Gabo Camnitzer

October 2, 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 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

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