Connecting Islands and Generations: The Queensboro Bridge at 100 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 May 2009 17:28

Life in the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge has inspired artists of Roosevelt Island, Queens and Manhattan for many years.

An exhibition of contemporary photos, paintings, drawings, constructions and sculptures literally offers new perspectives of the bridge, in a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Queensboro Bridge.

The exhibition is jointly sponsored by The Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association and The Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

 “The possibility of anchorages on what was called Blackwell’s Island gave the Queensboro Bridge its cantilevered structure, which is different from the three Brooklyn-based suspension bridges,” said Judith Berdy, President of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society. “Naturally, Roosevelt Island’s residents see the bridge in a unique way.”

The exhibition is FREE and will run from Saturday, May 23 to Sunday, June 28. Hours are Wednesdays and Fridays 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Opening Reception on May 31 will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. During the week of May 31 to June 7 the extended hours are: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 4:00 pm to 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please check the website or call  212-308-6630 for more information.

 An exhibition of photographs of the Queensboro Bridge trolleys and trolley memorabilia is on display at the nearby Visitor Center kiosk.

 DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. Walk 10 minutes north to Gallery RIVAA at 527 Main Street or take the red bus (25 cents).

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