Gallery Talks

Artist Talk: Portraits of Ancient Linen
Tuesday, October 16 at 5pm

Brooklyn artist Gail Rothschild will speak about her series of paintings Portraits of Ancient Linen, in which she magnifies fragile, archaic fragments of textile into a heroic scale. In the latest evolution of the series, Rothschild has collaborated with the Godwin-Ternbach Museum of Queens College to develop five new paintings based on the Rose Choron collection of Coptic textiles.

Exhibition Talk: Who Wore it Best? Popular Imagery in Late Antique Textiles and Dress
Thursday, November 08 at 5pm










Clothing and other textiles show a remarkable number of popular motifs that appear again and again throughout the Late Antique world. Images of dancers and mounted riders are just two examples that seem ubiquitous across time and place, and also appear on different media, not just textiles.  Jennifer Ball, Associate Professor of Art History at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center CUNY, will discuss how these images were replicated in a pre-internet age and what it suggests about Late Antique views on fashion, status and originality.

Exhibition Talk: Cloth Expressions of Late Antiquity
Thursday, November 29 at 5pm


Throughout late antiquity, cloth served as a medium of expression of individual identity, social status, and cultural belonging.  In this illustrated talk, Thelma Thomas, Associate Professor of Art History at The Institute of Fine Arts, will explore conceptions of cloth that gave textiles and clothing the capacity to shape a person’s image and represent their place in the world (and even in the afterlife).

Artist Talk: Caroline Wells Chandler
Tuesday, December 04 at 5pm

Join Queens-based artist, Caroline Wells Chandler, as he discusses his work in the exhibition From the Desert to the City: The Journey of Late Ancient Textiles.                Stemming out of a 1970’s feminist craft history, Chandler’s brightly colored hand crocheted figures explore queerness and the art historical cannon.  Chandler twists the language of folk by using the materials, processes, and the archetypes of conservative culture to create affirmational queer arenas.

FILM SCREENING: Design is One: The Story of Lella and Massimo Vignelli
Free Hour, Monday, December 11

ARTIST LECTURE: Natalya Balnova
Wednesday, November 29th
Sponsored by the Queens College Art Department


Our first podcast is a recording of the poetry reading by Natalie Diaz and Sandra Lim sponsored by B E L L A D O N N A* and the Queens College English Department. This project was created by Queens College students Joseph Patzner (MLS ’18) and Mohammad Khan (BA History ’18).

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Thursday, April 21, 12-2PM

Sponsored by Professor Tyrone Mitchell of the Queens College Art Department

Kitchen3_squaresTomie Arai is public artist who lives and works in NYC. She has designed both temporary and permanent public works of art for Creative Time, the US General Services Administration Art in Architecture Program, the NYC PerCent for Art Program, the Cambridge Arts Council, the MTA Arts for Transit Program, the New York City Board of Education and the San Francisco Arts Commission.

About her process Arai says “Through the use of family stories, shared memories, and archival photographs, I construct pages of ‘living history’ that reflect the layered and complex narratives that give meaning to the places we live in.”


Tuesday, April 12 at 6PM

At the core of The Anthropologist are the parallel stories of two women: Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology in America; and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. Uniquely revealed from their daughters’ perspectives, Mead and Crate demonstrate a fascination with how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their traditional ways of life, whether through encounters with the outside world or the unprecedented change wrought by melting permafrost, receding glaciers and rising tides.

The screening will be followed by Q&A with film director Seth Kramer; Climate change scientist Prof. Stephen Pekar; City Council Member and Chair of Environmental Protection Committee Costa Constantinides.
Moderated by Prof. Leslie McCleave, Media Studies.



Q&A facilitated by Bidisha Bagchee and Joshua Oladiti
Monday, March 14 at 6:30PM

Co-sponsored by B E L L A D O N N A* and the Queens College English Department


NATALIE DIAZ was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, CA, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. A Lannan Literary Fellow and Native Arts Council Foundation Fellow, she was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Rez MFA program and splits her time between the East Coast and Mohave Valley, AZ, where she works to revitalize the Mojave language.

SANDRA LIM is the author of Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006) and The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014), selected by Louise Glück for the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize. The Wilderness also won the Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University (2015). Lim is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Getty Research Institute, and the Jentel Foundation. Her poems and essay have appeared in Boston Review, VOLT, Literary Imagination, and The New York Times. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts—Lowell and she lives in Cambridge, MA.

The reading is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
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