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Queens Museum of Art to reopen in October with a new name

The Queens Museum of Art is poised to reopen in October as the Queens Museum, with double the exhibition space and a show of Bread and Puppet artwork.

We just learned today, February 15, that the expansion of the Queens Museum of Art will be completed in October of this year, doubling the venue's exhibition space, and that the museum will be renamed simply the Queens Museum. Besides being a part of the World's Fair back in 1939 (the historic edifice was known as the New York City Building), the museum, located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, is perhaps best known as the home of the extraordinary scale-model Panorama of the City of New York, built for the 1964 World's Fair. (Kid-lit buffs will know of the model if they've read Brian Selznick's second novel, Wonderstruck, which sets a crucial scene right at the Panorama.) The museum is mounting three shows to fete its new identity, among them "Peter Schumann: Black and White"—two installations featuring paintings, papier-mâché sculptures, handmade books, drawings, automata and more—by Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann. We can't wait to see the magic of new show in the new skylit space in October!

NOTE: The Queens Museum is now slated to open in the fall of 2013, not necessarily in October.

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