stillspotting nyc Launches Storytelling Tours in Queens

Rendering of Transhistoria Storytelling Tour

For the third edition of stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the museum's programming into the streets of New York, the museum has teamed with the architecture firm Solid Objectives–Idenburg Liu (So–IL) to launch Transhistoria, a series of storytelling tours in Jackson Heights, Queens. Over four weekends starting on April 14, participants will have the opportunity to encounter "transhistories," personal tales of finding home away from home.

To examine how people learn to find a sense of home in a city or a neighborhood as bustling and diverse as Jackson Heights, So–IL commissioned Queens-affiliated writers and poets to develop stories about personal transition, voyage, and transformation. Contributors include Das Racist rappers Himanshu Suri and Ashok Kondabolu, renowned poets Roger Sedarat and Maria Terrone, Chaplain William Alan Briceland, and writers Erik Baard, Premilla Nadasen, René Georg Vasicek, and Nicole Steinberg.

Over four weekends in April and May, these stories will be read at various neighborhood sites that frame the narratives, ranging from rooftops to courtyards to residential living rooms. Unlike the traditional sightseeing tours of the city's biggest attractions, Transhistoria invites newcomers, longtime residents, and visitors alike to take an intimate look at the city through the personal stories of its residents while exploring one of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods.

In addition to family days featuring stories written expressly for families with children, Transhistoria will offer a free guide of the neighborhood for those touring by bike. Developed in collaboration with the Department of Transportation, the bicycling guide will feature Transhistoria sites and highlight other neighborhood spots for day-trippers who are looking to explore the area.

Begun in 2011, stillspotting nyc identifies, creates, or transforms "stillspots" across New York's five boroughs—areas that provide escape, respite, or quiet in the "city that never sleeps." In addition to Transhistoria and its earlier program editions Sanatorium in Brooklyn and To a Great City in Manhattan, stillspotting nyc projects include a sound map of noise complaints in New York, unique data studies, and video explorations of urban stillness. It also hosts an interactive map that invites visitors to share a favorite stillspot, whether it's a Brooklyn rooftop, a revolving door, or the gates of Gramercy Park.

More information about Transhistoria, including times, ticket information, and maps, can be found at stillspotting.guggenheim.org.

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