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Border Breaking Art in Queens

Monday, October 20, 2008

PS1 in Long Island City entertained museumgoers with a live DJ in the courtyard yesterday as it celebrated the opening of several new fall exhibitions. They include an exhibition of work Italian artist Gino De Dominicis. Dominicis was a mysterious artist who avoided press and for years refused to let any of his works by photographed. It’s the first major American museum show of his work.

And PS1 is presenting a show called NeoHooDoo that looks at the connections between spirituality and contemporary art, especially by artists from Latin America and the Caribbean. Amalia Mesa-Bains draws on indigenous Mexican rituals in her artwork. She says spirituality has been the basis of art around the world for centuries.

MESA-BAINS: We have a mercantile system now that privileges certain aspects of art making now but I think that art-making in its real genesis has a core of spirituality.

REPORTER: PS 1 also opened a new installation by the Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich. It’s a full size swimming pool that plays visual tricks on the viewer’s eyes.

And a bustling crowd of family, friends and viewers turned out at the Queens Museum of Art for new exhibition of work by artists from the Indian diaspora, called "Erasing Borders." Anjali Srinivasan is an Ohio-based glass blower and video artist. She says she begins all her projects by through experimentation.

SRINIVASAN: Oh my god this stain is really amazing and I need to learn how to transfer this stain onto, say, plaster. So I’m going to learn mold-making - and you might not use it, but that has taken you to a place that nothing else except the process of making could have taken you.

REPORTER: The exhibition includes contemporary sculpture, printmaking, photography, and "NakhaChitra," the practice of fingernail relief drawing.

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