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Downtown Flushing: Photographs by Herb Bardavid

April 16 – June 18

Herb Bardavid bought his first camera, a Brownie, at age 10 when living in Flushing. Family brought him back to Flushing many years later – where, with camera over a three year period, he’s captured the people, energy and excitement of Flushing today.

Herb Bardavid
Gallery Talk with Herb Bardavid
Sunday, May 7, 2pm

Herb Bardavid offers an informal talk about his creative process and the photographs on view at the Museum. A psychotherapist and a photographer, Bardavid sees things that others may not. Both in the therapy chair and with his camera the goal is to see or experience something that has been seen before, to cause pause and then reflect. Light refreshments served. Suggested donation $5


Prayer CocoonPrayer Cocoon:  Textile Art by Dani C. Song

June 25 – July 30
Performance, Sunday, June 25 at 6pm

Prayer Cocoon is the title of the performance and the exhibition of new textile artworks by Dani Changah Song. Prayer Cocoon is a wearable sculpture or a bodysuit made from a patchwork of natural dye colored silk fabric pieces. The performance will consist of the artist putting on the bodysuit then hand stitching the open seam to enclose herself into the bodysuit. The performance completes as she slowly undoes the stitching of the seam, then extracts herself from the body suit.

As a direct response to the Covid 19, Prayer Cocoon was created to bring attention to the poignant stories of stoicism and rebirth in the face of the pandemic. The new textile artworks in the exhibition are made with natural fibers and organic dyes & pigments. Song created them to be kind of organic amulets which are easily portable and installable. Inspired by Bojagi, Korean traditional wrapping/porting cloth and by the stained-glass windows found in many houses of worship, artist contends function of artwork as a carrier of beholder s yearning or prayer.

Dani Song will offer a textile dyeing workshop in the Garden Creativi-Tea series on July 18th.

Online exhibition:

B & BFinding the Family: A Look into the Lives and Times of the Voelker-Orth Family

Finding the Family explores the lives of the Voelker Orth family through the local and historical happenings they experienced. The online exhibition highlights moments in the lives of Conrad, Theresa, and Elisabetha as we follow three generations of the family through the early 20th century.

The exhibition is organized by Carine Norvez, a tour guide at the Museum. She developed the exhibition while she was a CUNY Culture Corps intern studying items in our archive last year. Ms. Norvez has located period news articles and materials from a variety of sources to create a context for the papers and images left to the Museum. An audio text version accompanies the print.

Click here to see Finding the Family

Winter Break

The Museum is making a few changes as we head into our 20th year.  In several steps, we’ll be   rotating Voelker-Orth family items on view, fostering new connections between our story and your own  family stories. And, we are adding new activities guests to enjoy while visiting.

There are no exhibitions at the Museum from December 20 – February 12, 2023.



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