Have you been out to the Queens Museum lately? Didn't think so. That might change next weekend when the museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park re-opens following a $69 million makeover that almost doubles the exhibition space. There's a big three-day celebration beginning November 9th that includes the sixth Queens International 2013, featuring artists who live and work in the borough; an exhibit by Peter Schumann, founder of the Bread and Puppet Theatre; an exhibition called "(pUN)" by the Mexican artist Pedro Reyes; and, in case you've never seen it, their mind-bogling, 9,335 square-fooot Panorama of the City of New York is still there. The building actually housed New York City's pavilion for the World's Fair in both 1939 and again in 1964, when the Panorama was one of the fair's biggest attractions. At that time, part of the building also housed an ice skating rink, but the recent work by the London-based firm Grimshaw Architects converted it back to exhibition space. Here's a rundown of all the incredible events taking place on opening weekend and check out our sneak-peek below.
New entrance to the Queens Museum, re-opening on November 9, 2013.
Interior by Grimshaw Architects.
Peter Schumann's "Shatterer Chapel and Library."
Souvenirs from the 1964 World's Fair.
Mayor Mike cuts the ribbon to open the new museum.
"When Grace Is Close To Home" (2013) by Luo Jr. - shin, sculpture in the Queens International 2013 exhibit.
Detail of Coney Island in the museum's Panorama of the City of New York.
Queens-based artist Juan Betancurth in one of the museum's "Open Air" studios.