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June 16 – July 1, 2010

Space 37
86-08 37th Avenue
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, in collaboration with the Office of Jackson Heights Council Member, Daniel Dromm, invites the community of Queens, and NYC at large, to BABEL, the Art Exhibition of June in Jackson Heights 2010.

This exhibition explores the relationship of language and the visual arts. Through paintings, illustrations, photography, sculpture, installations, video, performance and new-media, BABEL establishes connections between the written word and the recent explosion of immigrant conclaves in and around New York City. Selected works treat the diversity and plurality of the written language as reflected, incorporated, and/or appropriated in visual arts, performance, and the moving image. BABEL was organized and curated by New-media artist, Hector Canonge, who was inspired by the earliest mention of the ancient city of Babylon written on a Cuneiform tablet dating back to the 24th Century BC. Selected works also reference the cultural diversity of cosmopolitan centers, and communities -like Jackson Heights- that make up a greater city.  

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS (in alphabetical order):
Gema Alava, Nobutaka Aozaki, Javier Arau, Aileen Bassis, Susan Breitsch, James Chen-Feng Kao, Felipe Galindo, Iliana Emilia Garcia, Janet Goldner, Jennifer Grimyser, Jia-Yi He, Linda Herrit, Paolo Javier, Jihay Kang, Larry Litt & Nicolas Lee, Carla Lobmier, Norma Markley, Derick Melander, Sarah Nicholls, Rahul Mitra, Veru Narula, Ann Oren & Zevan Rosser, Renzo Ortega, Panoply Performance Laboratory (Esther Neff, Brian McCorkle, Matthew Stephen Smith), Cristian Pietrapiana, Jenny Polak, Michael Pribich, Elisa Pritzker, Svetlana Rabey, Daniel Rossi, Joseph Gerard Sabatino, Nivedita Shivraj, Priscilla P. Stadler, Anna-Maria Vag, Deborah Wasserman, Andrew Wilkinson, Tammy Wofsey.

EVENTS PROGRAM (click here)

Space 37, 86-08 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
By Train: Queens bound #7 Train. Exit at 82 Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Walk on 82 Street to 37 Avenue, turn right and continue to 86 St. Space 37 is between 86 and 87 Streets.

QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, is a non-for profit cultural organization co-founded, and under the direction of Hector Canonge. QMAD produces and implements programs in the arts communications media to encourage Queen’s multicultural communities to actively participate in the forging of an artistic identity for the borough.  Based on one of the city’s most diverse areas, QMAD acknowledges the artistic potential of residents in Queens, and facilitates access to educational activities, cultural events and resources so people participating in the various programs can gain agency in their creative and artistic goals. All QMAD’s programs are FREE OF CHARGE and of benefit to underserved populations of the borough.

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For questions and information, email: Hector Canonge,


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Special thanks to Diane Macari and Louis J. Macari, principals of EXIT Realty Lewis and Murphy, a family run business, serving the needs of the Jackson Heights Community since 1946; and to the board and director of Queens Pride Committee.

Babel Exhibition Sponsors