The Queens Museum of Art, better known as QMA, is a major art museum and educational center in the Queens borough of New York City, USA.
The museum occupies 1/2 of the New York City Building, a structure originally built for the 1939 New York World's Fair
, held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
, a park designed and built primarily to host the fair, under the primary leadership of Robert Moses
, often called "New York City's Master Builder". The building then served as the first home of the United Nations
General Assembly, and later housed the New York City exhibit in the 1964 New York World's Fair
. The museum holds several noteworthy and highly-regarded works of art but is probably best-known for its large panoramic model of New York City, built to scale and periodically updated to reflect the city's ever-changing face.
In 2005, the museum was among 406 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The Queens Museum of Art will soon embark on a mutli-million-dollar expansion project that is slated to be completed early in 2010
. Grimshaw Architects
has developed plans for a remarkable and unique facility that will attract diverse communiites and transform the Queens Museum into a model for the urban, American museum of the future. With this project, the museum will double in size to 100,000 square feet, as it will take over the entire New York City Building rather than just half of it. The ice skating rink that took up the other half has been relocated to a new state-of-the-art recreational facility at another site within Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
The Queens Museum of Art presents exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life of its constituents while maintaining the highest standards of professional, intellectual, and ethical responsibility. It is dedicated to exhibiting presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse ethnic, cultural and international community. The collections mostly focus on Tiffany art
, photographs, and paintings.
Yue Minjun and the Symbolic Smile
October 14, 2007 - January 6, 2008
June 10, 2007 - December 2, 2007
The Panorama of the City of New York
Tiffany: The Glass from the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass
The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass
A complete list of exhibitions from 1972-present is available on the QMA website.