Maquette for "Queens: Festival" (for Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, Jamaica, New York)

  • Howardena Pindell, Maquette for "Queens: Festival" (for Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, Jamaica, New York), 1986, acrylic gel, paint, paper, and colored reproductions on paper mounted on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1984, Howardena Doreen Pindell, Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program, 1994.84.3

Luce Center Label

In 1989, Howardena Pindell was one of eight African American artists commissioned to create a work of art for the new Joseph P. Addabbo Social Security Center in Jamaica, New York. In the wake of the controversy surrounding Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc, the General Services Administration wanted the South Jamaica installation to represent the neighborhood.

Luce Object Quote

“The theme of Queens: Festival is its ethnic diversity. My hope is that people using the Social Security Building will see our paintings and experience them as containing some element familiar to them as residents of Queens.” Howardena Pindell, quoted in dedication brochure

Title
Maquette for "Queens: Festival" (for Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, Jamaica, New York)
Artist
Date
1986
On View
Dimensions
10 1/8 x 14in. (25.7 x 35.5cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program

Mediums
Mediums Description
acrylic gel, paint, paper, and colored reproductions on paper mounted on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Study – sculpture model
  • Abstract
  • Cityscape – New York – Jamaica
Object Number
1994.84.3
Palette
Linked Open Data
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