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The Queens Museum takes on the Recession

In Uncategorized on July 10, 2009 at 5:54 pm
Curator Larissa Harris with the "Red Lines" installation on the panorama at the Queens Museum. Photo courtesy of the New York Times

Curator Larissa Harris with the "Red Lines" installation on the panorama at the Queens Museum. Photo courtesy of the New York Times

The Recession has of course been hitting the museum world very hard, but not too many museums are drawing attention to the economic hardships we are all suffering. But artist Damon Rich has made the housing foreclosures the subject of an exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art, called “the Red Lines Housing Crisis Learning Center.” Using photographs, installation, sculpture, drawings and models, Rich gives a visual narrative to the current economic crisis, as well as the history of economic hardship in America, going back to the depression.

The artist even made use of the museum’s large panorama of the five boroughs to map out the neighborhoods effected by foreclosures in our own backyard. The museum bought about 2,000 of those plastic thingies that come in pizza boxes to keep the cheese from sticking to the box, painted them pink and used them to mark city blocks that have had three or more foreclosures on the block. The visual break down really opens up your eyes to who is getting hit the hardest by the economy: poorer neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens seem to be infested by the pink markers, while in Manhattan, there are a whopping two blocks marked pink.

Some would say art has a social responsibility, and that is exactly what Damon Rich is doing at the Queens Museum. You can learn more about the exhibition, which is open until September 27, by clicking here.

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