Kupferberg Center and Performing Arts Records
- 1938 - 2011
- Queens College (New York, N.Y.) (Organization)
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2.75 Linear Feet (One records carton; one 8x10 flat box; three 5x7 flat boxes; and one 15x12 flat box. )
Today, the college’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts (KCA) is a state-of-the-art performing arts complex. The complex was formerly named Charles S. Colden Center, in dedication to the founder of Queens College. KCA now consists of the Colden Auditorium, Goldstein Theatre, and LeFrak Center Hall.
Constructed in 1960, Colden Auditorium and Goldstein Theatre both serve as venues for popular music, theater, and lecture presentations. Colden Auditorium, the largest venue space in Queens, and LeFrak Center Hall are both available for public rental, and are frequently used by community organizations and local schools for events such as theater performances and graduations.
In 2006, Queens College received a generous donation of $10 million from alumnus Max Kupferberg to expand and renovate the center. Phase I of the project was completed in 2010 and Phase II was completed in 2012, just in time for the college’s celebration of its 75th anniversary. It was later named Kupferberg Center for the Arts in honor of Max Kupferberg.
KCA’s mission is “to provide high quality, accessible and affordable cultural attractions to the Queens College community and the borough’s 2.3 million residents.” It also welcomes emerging artists and international attractions to reflect the borough’s multicultural community. Over the decades, KCA has been the performance site of local, regional, and world-renowned artists. Past performers include Jerry Seinfeld, David Bowie, The Byrds, Patti LaBelle, Natalie Cole, Chuck Berry, and Johnny Mathis.
“Events in the Media.” FYI: Queens College Faculty/Staff News, Sep. 2012, www.qc.cuny.edu/communications/newsletter/Documents/FYI_September2012.pdf.
“Kupferberg Center Performances,” NYC-ARTS: The Complete Guide, www.nyc-arts.org/organizations/304/kupferberg-center-performances.
Tsang, Holly. “Kupferberg Center Ready for Act Two.” Forest Hills Times, 02 Nov. 2010, foresthillstimes.com/view/full_story/10137174/article-Kupferberg-Center-ready-for-act-two.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Queens College Special Collections and Archives chose to combine materials from several sources into a single performing arts collection for ease of use. These materials included two boxes of materials documenting the Charles Colden Center, stacks of unhoused items documenting other performing arts-related activities dating to the 1940s, and materials transferred to the archives by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts in 2019.
- Kupferberg Center and Performing Arts Records
- Jeanie Pai
- November 2019
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