The Queens Museum is dedicated to presenting contemporary art and historical exhibitions and programs that relate directly to urban life and local and international culture. Established in 1972, the Museum is housed in a building that was originally erected as the New York City Pavilion for the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair. It then served as the original home of the United Nations General Assembly (1946-1950), an ice and roller rink, and a pavilion once again in the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. The Museum houses over 10,000 objects and materials from the two New York World’s Fairs including the Panorama of the City of New York, a 9,000 sq. ft. miniature scale model of the City commissioned for the 1964 Fair and last updated in 1992.
The Collection and Archive Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of the Queens Museum collection which is comprised of over 13,000 fine art and archival objects. The collection includes the Panorama of the City of New York and unique archival documents and cultural artifacts from both the 1939-40 and 1964-65 New York World’s Fairs. It also contains significant fine art objects with an emphasis on depictions of 20th and 21st century urban life; contemporary artworks dealing directly with the Museum’s site, history and community and artists who live and work in Queens and New York. As a key member of the team the Collection and Archive Manager ensures preservation, description, and digitization of the collection and works with curators, artists and researchers to activate it for access and public dissemination. They also act as registrar to ensure that artworks and objects on display at the museum are presented to the highest standards.