In case you didn’t know, Long Island City is in Queens. Stunned? That’s just one of the many revelations couched between the covers of William Wegman’s tiny tome, “How Do You Get to MoMA QNS?” The book’s release will coincide with the opening of the museum’s temporary space in that mysterious borough to the East on June 29, and stars Chip, the artist’s seven-year-old Weimaraner, wearing an ironic look on his face and human hands that protrude from his polkadotted sleeves. “That illusion is weird enough to keep it from being cute,” says Wegman. “They’re hybrid creatures.”
Riding to Queens on the Concorde is not an option, as the book points out, but the Number 7 train delivers the art lover directly. While most human guests will travel to the site by subway, Chip made his trip digitally. After all, dogs — even those of Wegman’s famous brood — aren’t allowed on the train. “We were told that dealing with the MTA would be very difficult,” the artist says. “I hate to bring the dogs outside on the street in New York anyway with all the crowds staring.”
Upon arrival, Chip, whose image is superimposed on photos of the museum and environs, takes a digital spin around the new 16,000 foot space, then sips a coffee in the new cafe. “Groovy architecturevery L.A.,” he surmises.
And, according to Wegman, the 10-minute journey from Midtown Manhattan to Queens Boulevard — known as “the Champs-Elysees of Long Island City” — is well worth it.
“I have close friends who live in Queens,” says Wegman. “I’ve been there many times and I actually, really, truly enjoyed it.”
The book also boasts a genuine subway map on the inside cover. That and a buck-fifty will buy you a trip to Queens.