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
5:30-7:30pm Readings & Conversations — Hop off the Bronx Trolley at the Bronx Museum where artist Danny Simmons will discuss his new book, The Brown Beatnik Tomes, which presents a collection of prose and paintings from the artist and entrepreneur.
5:45-7:45pm Free Guided Tours of the museum’s exhibitions:
Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial
Curated by Bronx-based artists Hatuey Ramos-Fermín and Laura Napier, Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial features the work of 72 emerging artists engaged in the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program (classes of 2014 and 2015). AIM provides professional development opportunities for emerging artists residing and working in the New York metropolitan area. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalog. (on view thru Sep 20).
¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York
Organized by guest curators Johanna Fernández and Yasmín Ramírez, ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York is the first museum survey to examine the radical social group founded by Puerto Rican youth in New York and Chicago in the 1960s. The Young Lords’ impactful political activities, community-focused initiatives, and spirited affirmation of Puerto Rican identity inspired both a generation of artists active during this era and artists working today. (on view thru Oct 15).
5:45-7:45 | ANDREW FREEDMAN HOME
1125 Grand Concourse | 646-316-3382 (across from the Bronx Museum of the Arts)
- NO ACTIVITIES THIS MONTH.
6:00-7:30 | PREGONES THEATER
571-575 Walton Avenue, off 149th Street | 718-585-1202
- NO ACTIVITIES THIS MONTH.
5:30-8:30 | METROPLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK-Bronx Extension Center
529 Courtlandt Ave, 5th floor lounge, Bronx NY 10451 | 718-665-7787 x4002
Shelf Life: The Import and Impact of 'ISMS'
Under the broad theme Shelf Life: The Import and Impact of ISMS (ism/izem, suffix: popularly coined to define specific ideologies). Artists are invited to explore/interpret the scope of identity, social constructs and mis/appropriation. Featured work by Patricia Cazorla, Nancy Saleme, Luis Cesar, Stephenberg Alers, Erica Morales, Cinnamon Willis, Queen Godis, Natasha Johnson and Krystal Melendez. Curated by Natasha Johnson, Director of Academic Programs-BEC/Assistant Professor. (on view thru Sep 19).
5:30-7:30 | BRONX DOCUMENTARY CENTER
614 Courtlandt Avenue | 718-993-3512 or 917-696-1655
- NO ACTIVITIES THIS MONTH.
5:30-8:30 | BRONXARTSPACE
305 E. 140th St., btwn 3rd & Alexander Aves | 718-401-8144 or 718-589-5819
Faces from the Block
In this exhibition, painters Ananda Nahú and Izolag from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, exhibit their new work alongside Bronx photographer Ricky Flores. Over the last eight years they have collaborated with Flores who is known for photographing the borough in the 70s and 80s. Flores’ images immortalized an entire generation of youth, break-dancers, teenagers on stoops, fires and abandoned buildings. Nahú and Izolag found parallels in Flores’ work to their own environment and were inspired to create murals and paintings based on his iconic images. Faces from the Block creates a forum for this international collaboration. (on view thru August 8).
5:30-8:30 | WALLWORKS
39 Bruckner Blvd. | 917-825-9342
Fashion MODA: 35 Years Later
This group exhibition focuses on the 35 year anniversary of the opening of Fashion MODA and features artists who took part in the original programming at Fashion MODA over thirty years ago, including new and old works from: Charlie Ahearn, John Ahearn, A-One, Marc Brasz, CRASH, DAZE, Jane Dickson, Stefan Eins, John Fekner, David Gonzalez, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Lisa Kahane, Thom Korn, Justen Ladda, Don Leicht, Joe Lewis, Lady Pink and Christy Rupp. (on view thru Aug 8).
5:30-8:30pm | CHARLIE'S BAR & KITCHEN
112 Lincoln Ave. (corner of Bruckner Blvd) | 718-684-2338
- Art & Burgers
Wind down your trolley night at Chrlie's Bar & Kitchen. View the art on the walls and enjoy their Wednesday night Beer & Burger special.
Bronx Council on the Arts thanks Bronx Tourism Council, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly, Capital
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
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.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION about the The Bronx Trolley: Arts & Culture Tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call