Upcoming Events 




Special Exhibition: Energy of Place – Lloyd X Latimer

Saturday, 02/16/2019 through Saturday, 05/18/2019

Under the umbrella project Documents of Resistance: Artists of Color Protest (1906s–present), Mexican-American artist Antonio Serna has been gathering material relating to the art and activism of artists of color. The story of the Latimer House is connected to this history through the efforts of Tom Lloyd and African-American artists and activist, who formed part of the Committee to Save Latimer House. Tom Lloyd was part of a legacy of artists of color who for over two decades fought to create and hold cultural space where Black artists and communities of color can celebrate their cultural contributions to society.

Exhibition/ Installation/Video: The exhibition will include a display of artwork inspired by the light sculptures of Tom Lloyd as well as archival documents related to Lloyd’s Store Front Museum in Queens and relation to the Lewis Latimer House Museum. For this Antonio Serna has researched public archives as well as other source material that remain of Lloyds’ activism and artwork. In addition to the installation Antonio has also organized a series of public events with notable scholars and community members to be held throughout the four month residency. He will also present in three parts Through These Doors: Lloyd X Latimer, an on-going personal experimental research focused video that explores the history of Tom Lloyd’s art and activism, from establishing The Store Front Museum, Queen’s first and historically only black-run art museum in Queens, to the saving of Lewis H. Latimer’s house in Queens.

Events: During the run of the exhibition events will be held at the Lewis Latimer House Museum to discuss the intersection of Lloyd and Latimer, art, activism and light!

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.



Flushing Cherry Blossom

04/10/2019 — 04/21/2019


The garden of cherry trees at Lewis Latimer House Museum will be open to the public for free during regular museum hours: 12pm-5pm on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

Enjoy one of the best cherry blossoms in NYC at the home of African American inventor and humanist, Lewis Howard Latimer!



Found In Translation: Home and Away in Chinese Poetry

Sunday, 04/14/2019, 3:00PM-4:30PM


Join researcher and translators Eleanor Goodman and Chloe Garcia Roberts in discussing translated Chinese traditional and contemporary poems in connection to the themes of Home and Migration.

Eleanor Goodman is a Research Associate at the Harvard University Fairbank Center, and spent a year at Peking University on a Fulbright Fellowship. She has been an artist in residence at the American Academy in Rome and was awarded a Henry Luce Translation Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Her first book of translations, Something Crosses My Mind: Selected Poems of Wang Xiaoni (Zephyr Press, 2014) was the recipient of a 2013 PEN/Heim Translation Grant and winner of the 2015 Lucien Stryk Prize. The book was also shortlisted for the International Griffin Prize. Her anthology Iron Moon, a translation of Chinese worker’s poetry (White Pine Press), was released in the spring of 2017, and was longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award of 2018. She is also the translator of The Roots of Wisdom: Poems by Zang Di (Zephyr, 2017) and Days When I Hide My Corpse in a Cardboard Box: Poems of Natalia Chan (Zephyr, 2018). Her first poetry book, Nine Dragon Island (Enclave/Zephyr, 2016), was a finalist for the Drunken Boat First Book Prize.

Chloe Garcia Roberts is also the translator of Li Shangyin’s Derangements of My Contemporaries: Miscellaneous Notes (New Directions), which was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, as well as Cao Wenxuan’s children’s book, Feather (Archipelago Books/Elsewhere Editions), which was selected as a 2018 Outstanding International Book by the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), and editor and contributing translator of the collected poems of Li Shangyin published in the NYRB Poets series. She is also the author of a book of poetry The Reveal (Noemi Press). Her translations have appeared in the publications BOMB, Boston Reviewand a A Public Space among others. She lives in Boston and is managing editor at Harvard Review.

Found In Translation is a series of three public events co-curated by Richard Newman in March-May 2019 at the Lewis Latimer House Museum (LLHM) that explores humanities topics and cultural themes of the Spanish, Chinese, and Korean communities and their diasporas. It brings published translators working in the three most common non-English languages spoken in Flushing, Queens to lead readings and discussions with the public. The translators and facilitator will use the selected books to connect to history or current affairs where those languages are spoken and engage the audience in conversations. Topics that the selected works will touch on include “home”, “migration”, and “gentrification”.

Sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Lewis Latimer House Museum

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Monday, 04/22/2019, 3:30PM-5:00PM


For children under 8 years old.

Come join the fun with the whole family! Enjoy our annual easter egg hunt in the garden of the Lewis Latimer House Museum.

Free to the public. RSVP required.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, with support from the Parks Build Healthy Communities Grant, led by Partnerships for Parks and made possible by Building Healthy Communities, an initiative of the Mayor’s Office and the Fund for Public Health NYC, and by grants from Con Edison and HSBC Bank.


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