Queen Mother of Reality
May 11, 2014 - August 3, 2014
Opening: May 11, 2014 (2:00pm - 6:00pm)
On view May 11 - August 3, 2014
(New York, NY) - Performa and Socrates Sculpture Park are delighted to announce that the sculpture created by renowned Polish artist Paweł Althamer for the Performa 13 biennial will be given new life in the park this spring. Titled Queen Mother of Reality, the 50-foot long by 18-foot high sculpture of a reclining woman made from reclaimed materials will be installed by the artist for an unveiling at Socrates on Sunday, May 11, 2014 during New York's Frieze Art Fair, and will remain on view through August 3, 2014.
Dedicated to Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, who has been the Community Mayor of Harlem since she was sworn in by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in 1995, Queen Mother of Reality serves as a call to highlight New York City's too numerous displaced and homeless, one of Dr. Blakely's urgent causes. As this elegant and monumental 'reclining figure' moves to its new home in Long Island City, the sculpture will be situated once again on the East River waterfront in the midst of an active community. The park is surrounded by three of the nation's largest public housing complexes (Astoria, Ravenswood, and Queensbridge Houses), and the local community has been a park stakeholder since its creation in 1986.