Art, Astoria, Movies
Sep 26, 2014

A Memory of Astoria at MOMI

We recently learned about this new panoramic video installation at the Museum of the Moving Image, A Memory of Astoria, and it definitely piqued our interest. It was created by (…)

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Photo credit: Museum of the Moving Image

We recently learned about this new panoramic video installation at the Museum of the Moving Image, A Memory of Astoria, and it definitely piqued our interest. It was created by New York-based artist Ezra Wube. More about the installation, which is the first piece you see as you enter the Museum:

The artwork, commissioned by the Museum for its 50 ft.-long entry wall, is an impressionistic portrait of the blocks surrounding the Museum in Queens. The result of an intensive, months-long animation process with each frame painted in sequence on top of the last on a large-scale canvas, A Memory of Astoria is a poetic visual collage of Wube’s observations walking in the neighborhood. A Memory of Astoria will be on view through January 8, 2015.

On October 1 you’ll be able to view the original canvas used by Wube to produce his animation, as well as photographs chronicling the process of creating this work of art. It will be placed in the Museum lobby for all to see.

Jason Eppink, Associate Curator of Digital Media at the Museum, says this about the installation: “A Memory of Astoria is striking: Street scenes assemble and disassemble on their own, leaving visible marks of the past as if time and space have melted together. Through these impressions, Ezra Wube reveals a diverse, rapidly changing neighborhood that the Museum has called home for more than 25 years.”

I, personally, can’t wait to see it! There’s always a lot going on at the museum, so maybe think about checking it out this weekend.

Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106, 718-777-6888, movingimage.us

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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