Queens Museum Queens Museum, formerly the Queens Museum of Art, is an art museum and education center located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, located in the borough of Queens, New York City, United States. The museum was established in 1972 and houses among its permanent exhibits, which include The Panorama of the City of New York, a room-sized scale model of five boroughs built in preparation in 1964 for the New York World’s Fair and constantly modified in the following years. The museum also houses an extensive collection of artifacts from World’s fairs, some of which are displayed.
Queens Museum in Queens, NYC, is housed inside the New York City Building, the original pavilion designed by the architect Aymar Embury II in 1939 for the World’s Fair. Between 1946 and 1950, the building was the temporary home of the United Nations General Assembly. It was also the location of many important moments at the beginning of the United Nations, which included the establishment of UNICEF and the division of Korea, and the approval by the UN to establish Israel.
The building was renovated in 1964. The structure was revamped by the architect Daniel Chait. It was once again utilized for The New York City Pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair, featuring an impressive Panorama of the City of New York by Daniel Chait, which remains displayed. In 1939, the Billy Rose Aquacade and Amphitheater were also renovated for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair but fell into decay in the 1980s and was destroyed in 1996.
In 1972, along with some minor modifications, the northern portion of the New York City building was transformed into the Queens Center for Art and Culture and later changed its name to the Queens Museum of Art. It was in 1994 that the structure went through another renovation, which included architect Rafael Vinoly reconfiguring the layout into classrooms, galleries, and offices. In the past, the entire system was an ice arena.
Collections and Exhibits
The museum’s collection of permanent artifacts consists of approximately 10,000 objects, including more than 6,000 items and documents related to the1939-1964 World Fairs, which are currently on display. Recent acquisitions, whether by donation or purchase, include paintings of Salvador Dali, Mark Dion Andrew Moore’s photos of Robert Moses and the Modern City (a collection of 20th-century paintings from 1964’s World’s Fair Kodak Pavilion), Crime scene photographs taken from photographs from the Daily News Archive (the 1920s-1960s) and more than 1,000 drawings from a journalist for the court and political cartoonist William Sharp. Queens Electrician
Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass
Since 1995 the museum has been collaborating with the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany glass. A collection selection is in the permanent display, taken from a vast private Tiffany collection compiled through Egon Neustadt. Egon Neustadt and his wife Hildegard from the mid-1930s onwards.
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