The Philippines is at the center of the city’s art world this fall, with a popular exhibition of ancient gold on view at Asia Society in Manhattan. But in Woodside, wealth of a different nature competes for the spotlight.
At Topaz Arts, nestled in a neighborhood known for its Filipino-American residents, 24 new works line the walls. A nod to the physical range of the 20 painters, photographers and mixed-media artists included, “Territory: Unlimited” gives an arresting complexity of viewpoints.
The artists are members of the nonprofit Society of Philippine-American Artists, or SPAA. Topaz co-founder Paz Tanjuaquio, who is of Philippine descent, noted the art space has celebrated October as Filipino American History Month with different featured artists since its establishment in 2000. But, this is the first time the SPAA’s annual exhibition opted for Queens instead of its Manhattan space.