Date/Time: 22/06/2003 12:00 am
QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART
OPENING RECEPTION SUNDAY JUNE 22, 3-6 pm
Dream of Venus
Salvador Dalí?s spectacular 1939 World?s Fair Pavilion comes back to Flushing Meadows in an exhibition that exploring the monumental installation through paintings, drawings, manipulated and documentary photographs, films and archival documents, many of which are on public view for the first time. Neither sleek nor functional, Dream of Venus, featured a spectacular façade, reminiscent of Gaudí?s Pedrera building, was accessorized with semi-clothed beauties acting out an underwater fantasy ? an extraordinary, yet largely forgotten achievement that introduced the general public to the often mystifying Surrealist movement. June 22 ? Sept 7, 2003
Eric Schaal, Façade of Dream of Venus, (detail), 1939.
Estate of Eric Schaal, from Salvador Dali?s Dream of Venus (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002)
Salvador Dalí: Dream of Venus is co-organized by the Queens Museum of Art and the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí. The Queens Museum is grateful to The Rosalyn Savings Foundation, Silvercup Studios, The Dominick and Rose Ciampa Foundation, The Embassy of Spain, Washington, D.C., and Murray Tarnapoll for their support of this exhibition.
¡Proyectos Especiales! features the work of five Spanish artists based in New York. In conjunction with Salvador Dalí: Dream of Venus, ¡Proyectos Especiales! presents video, sculpture, installation, and mural as part of the Queens Museum of Art?s ongoing series of projects by emerging artists. Javier Viver and Ferran Martín pick up on Dalí?s humorous cue with an oversized milk-carton and funhouse headgear, while Ester Partegás?s sterile landscape suggests the downside of living in ?surreal? present times. An ethereal wall work by Gema Alava-Cristostomo and an MTV-age video work by Julio Soto deal with nostalgia and history in equally divergent ways.
Ester Partegás, Main Street (detail), 2003
By Subway, Via # 7 Flushing IRT, exit 111th Street Station. South on 111th Street to Park entrance at 49th Avenue. Follow yellow signs to the Museum, which is located next to the Unisphere. A fifteen-minute walk.
By Car, Via the Grand Central Parkway, exit at Shea Stadium and follow signs to the Museum. Free parking.
By Bus, Via the following lines:
Q48 to Roosevelt Avenue & 111 Street. South to Park.
Q23, Q58 to Corona Avenue & 51 Avenue. East to Park.