Sneak peek at the newly expanded Queens Museum (slide show)

After two-plus years of expansion and refurbishment, the Queens Museum (formerly the Queens Museum of Art) is unveiled—and almost ready for its Nov 9 debut

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  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Queens Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Queens Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Queens Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Queens Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Queens Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Queens Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Queens Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Queens Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Queens Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Queens Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Queens Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Queens Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Queens Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Queens Museum

  • Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Queens Museum

Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Queens Museum

We got a first look at the amazing new Queens Museum on Wednesday, and the changes are so immense that it truly seems as though the museum has moved to an entirely new location. When we posted renderings of the forthcoming museum earlier this month, it was hard to imagine what the space would be like when completed. But now the waiting is over: On the afternoon of October 30, Mayor Bloomberg cut the ribbon on the space in the company of some of the city's most formidable cultural and political leaders; he also announced that a new branch of the Queens Public Library will open in the new space in 2015, the first such collaboration in the country. 


In some other news, the mural planned for the massive curving wall separating the old space from the new one is complete, and it's ravishing. The black-and-white image of a figure holding what appears to be a flag was painted by Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann, the subject of a superb retrospective, "The Shatterer," that was installed in the museum over the past several weeks: one of five temporary shows kicking off the new museum's first season. And The Panorama of the City of New York looks better than ever from the vantage points afforded by a new glass walkway that wraps around it in its entirety. 


The space may not be completely finished—yet to come are the main facade, the new show "The People's United Nations" and the completion of the gallery housing the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass. But we've been assured that all will be ship-shape by the time the museum opens to the public on November 9. Suggested admission will be waived for Veterans Day (Monday, November 11), and art-making workshops, gallery tours and a performance by Peter Schumann himself (Monday is the official opening celebration of his show) are on tap.


See the full schedule of the museum's opening-weekend events on its website.



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