Ghee on a Tree…a.k.a. A Day At The Queens Museum
This past Sunday, I went to see a student of mine, Roshani Thakore, a very talented artist and overall wonderful person, in her element at the Queens Museum of Art hosting a drop-in workshop for families. QMA holds these workshops every weekend, and they are open to the public, family-friendly, so much fun, and FREE! Roshani’s workshop was called “Ghee On A Tree”, where in celebration of spring (in true Indian fashion…thank you Holi), Roshani combined her mixed mediums of ghee (clarified butter used in Indian cooking), Indian rangoli powder, cheese clothe, and string…and voilà! You have Ghee On A Tree!
This was a collaboration with the Museum’s Erasing Borders exhibition, where Roshani’s piece Waiting is featured. I not only had a great time seeing the kids creating artwork on a beautiful spring day, but finding the QMA felt like I was transported to another place in another time. The 1964/65 New York World’s Fair Unisphere (12 stories high, mind you!) is at the entrance to the museum, and is now a famous skateboard park when the fountain if off. Inside the museum, memorabilia from The World’s Fair are showcased throughout the halls. But the most breathtaking piece is The Panorama of the City Of New York, a three dimensional map of all five boroughs, built to scale (every 1 inch = 100 feet). The water, islands, bridges, land, and mini-skyscrapers fill an entire room, encircled by a ramp with glass railings so you can see every detail. How come I never knew about this?!
Drop-In Workshops for Families at The Queens Museum of Art are scheduled on a regular basis – check website for more details. The QMA is off the #7 Train via Flushing, Queens. A 15-minute walk from the Mets-Willets Point station (CitiField) in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park.