Hop on the
trolley and enjoy attractions at some of the
spots along the lower Grand Concourse
the trolley on
the first Wednesday evening of each month
(except January & September) at Longwood Art
Gallery @ Hostos, on the campus of Hostos Community College at
450 Grand Concourse. The
trolley departs at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30pm for other venues in
the South Bronx Cultural Corridor. The
trolley ride and admission to participating venues along its route
are free. The Bronx Culture Trolley vehicle is wheelchair
Hostos Community College is
located at 450 Grand Concourse near 149th Street in the Bronx.
Take the 2, 4 & 5 trains or Bx1, Bx19 buses to Grand Concourse
and 149 Street. More detailed directions.
Reservations: Call 718-931-9500 x33 or e-mail
ALONG THIS MONTH's TROLLEY ROUTE
5:00-9:00 | BCA’s LONGWOOD ART GALLERY @ HOSTOS
450 Grand Concourse at 149th St. | 718-518-6728
Freddy Rodríguez: My Geometries 1970-2002
This solo exhibition features paintings, drawings and mixed media works between 1970 and 2002, created by the Dominican-born, New York-based artist. The show is curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado.Meet the artist and the curator at this evening's opening reception.
This is the first exhibition to chart the artist’s expansive and unique approach to geometric abstraction since his formative training during the apogee of Minimalism. While Rodríguez’s early work drew inspiration from Piet Mondrian, Frank Stella and Mark Rothko—whose paintings he encountered at MoMA—his work soon came to reference historical, emotional and political subjects often deemed antithetical to pure formalism.
First comes the physical: the hard-edged abstraction of the 70s joins content in the form of human figures; sensual references to music, dancing and culture emerge. In the 80s, crisp geometric lines co-exist with fluid, loose brushstrokes. Sensuality again breaks through. The 90s see the historical and political take center stage: color and form combine with sugar, dirt, ground glass and peppercorns to evoke the European “Encounter” with the New World. Priestly vestments and slashed canvases reference the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church. With the new millennium again comes the political: references to NY Magazine’s “Best Doctors” question the supposed expertise of the art establishment. This is not your average geometry.
5:00-8:00 | BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th St. | 718-681-6000
5:30-7:30: Readings & Conversations
Hop off the Bronx Trolley at the Bronx Museum and hear author Marcus Baram read excerpts from Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man, followed by a Q&A. In this biography, Baram traces the volatile journey of troubled musical genius Gil Scott-Heron, best known for his 1970 polemic The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
5:45-7:45: Free Guided Tour of the Museum’s Current Exhibitions
Jaime Davidovich: Adventures of the Avant-Garde
Evocative of his quest for “the meaning of the avant-garde” in the video that gives the title to this exhibition, the selection of works presented here charts Davidovich’s transit through different iterations of the avant-garde; from an early exploration in the monochrome’s possibilities and spatial concerns that would also later inform his site-specific works of the late sixties and early seventies, to the video works of the of the same period up until the 1990s, which not only pioneered the use of television as a medium but also addressed themes such as identity, diaspora and globalization. The artist’s singular use of tape as a medium, as a surface, as a space, and then its transfiguration into the medium of video-tape is revisited through the presentation of several bodies of work that highlight the process-based and site-specific nature of his practice as well as Davidovich’s engagement with experimental practices throughout his trajectory of the past five decades. Organized by guest curator Julieta González. (on view thru June 14)
Three Photographers from the Bronx
This exhibition showcases the work of Jules Aarons, Morton Broffman, and Joe Conzo—three Bronx-born photographers who captured significant moments of societal and urban change in the borough and across the country during the 20th century. The exhibition features over 80 works, from depictions of daily life in the Bronx and Far Rockaways in the early 1950s, to images of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, to a searing look at Bronx community protests in the early 1980s. Together these works create an exchange across three distinct and intertwined moments—exploring the legacy of community activism and urban change, and launching a dialogue surrounding the challenges the Bronx and similar communities continue to face today. (on view thru June 14).
The terrace installation Please Touch conveys artist Raul Mourão's awareness of the city, with its characters, architecture, objects and accidents. Displaced from their original sites and stripped of any function, mundane street elements are further altered in shape and scale by the artist. Works featured in Please Touch include Street Arrow, inspired by road signage and old advertising panels; Touch Please, a play on the ubiquitous scaffolding structures used in construction sites; and Basement, a reference to the metal basement doors found in front of restaurants and bodegas throughout the city. (on view thru June 21).
The recent announcement of a new re-engagement policy between the United States and Cuba has increased the level of expectation as to what the future of the island will be. By featuring a selection of works from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection, Cuba Libre! suggests that contemporary Cuban artists have already been engaged in this discussion, providing thoughtful materials for their audiences to ponder on their diversity and rich historical legacy. (on view thru June 21).
Highlights from the Permanent Collection
This exhibition features works by Elizabeth Catlett, a key figure in continuing the tradition of connecting the public to artwork that explores and displays acute attention to detail, technique, and formal qualities while also exposing the social, economic, and racial issues of our time. Her inclination for multiple forms of expression—sculpture, painting, and printmaking—is reflected in the broad conceptual scope of her art and its relationship to art history. (on view thru June 21).
5:45-7:45 | ANDREW FREEDMAN HOME
1125 Grand Concourse (diagonally across from the Bronx Museum of the Arts) | 646-316-3382
- NO ACTIVITIES THIS MONTH.
7:00 | PREGONES THEATER
571-575 Walton Avenue, off 149th Street | 718-585-1202
5:30-7:30 | BRONX DOCUMENTARY CENTER
614 Courtlandt Avenue | 718-993-3512 or 917-696-1655
SDN Exhibition: Visual Stories Exploring Global Themes
Exhibition of works by the winners of Social Documentary Network’s Call for Entries on “Visual Stories Exploring Global Themes” featuring seventeen countries and five timely themes: Undocumented immigrants, rising rage in Europe, discrimination against Roma people, abducted Nigerian schoolgirls, the power of religion and faith. (on view thru June 7).
6:00-9:00 | BRONX RIVER ART CENTER @ BRONXARTSPACE
305 E. 140th St., btwn 3rd & Alexander Aves | 718-401-8144 or 718-589-5819
OPENING RECEPTION for Food Systems, Surroundings & Sensibilities
This third exhibition in BRAC’s “The Economy of Food” series, curated by Irina Danilova, analyzes the economics of the food system, the multifaceted operation sustaining our lives. The exhibition addresses the food system's major components: the economy of food production, the economy of trade and food distribution, the economy of food consumption and the economy of recycling the system's aftermath. Featured Artists: Jonathan Blaustein, Michele Brody, Alberto Bursztyn, Project 59, Andrea Callard, Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme, Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Martine Fougeron, Ian Trask and Chee Wang Ng. (on view thru June 20).
5:30-8:30 | WALLWORKS
39 Bruckner Blvd. | 917-825-9342
MadC - Bits & Pieces
A solo exhibition of never before seen new works by German powerhouse artist MadC, aka Claudia Walde, a graffiti artist from Germany who is known for her large scale outdoor artistic works. MadC started her artistic trajectory as a teenaged graffiti writer, and has since then developed her creative endeavors into various fields such as graphic design, writing and fine art. She is the author and designer of two books on street and graffiti art. (on view thru June 3).
5:30-8:30pm | CHARLIE'S BAR & KITCHEN
112 Lincoln Ave. (corner of Bruckner Blvd) | 718-684-2338
Bronx Council on the Arts thanks Bronx Tourism Council, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly, Capital One Bank,
Crown Trophy of the Bronx, En Foco, Fox
Networks, MAS Marketing & Advertising Solutions, Montefiore Medical Center, the Throgg's
Neck Merchants Association, and Wellcare for supplying
the give-aways for our
Bronx Culture Trolley nights.
Special Thanks to our
Funders and Supporters
Bronx Trolley First Wednesday Arts & Culture Tour is a program of:
- Bronx Council
on the Arts
- Bronx Cultural
- Bronx Tourism
is made possible with funding from:
- NYC Department of Cultural Affair,
- NYS Council on the Arts
- Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation
- Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.
- Hostos Community College
- NYC Council Member James Vacca
- Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
- Bronx Delegation of the City Council.
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