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Mixtape Release of Native Eyez: A Hip Hop Education Project

Join International Hip Hop artist, educator & Bronx native Intikana, for the mixtape release of "Native Eyez: A Hip Hop Education Project." This interactive event will take you on a journey of celebration through music, film and live performances featuring local and global artists exchanging with each other and creating community. Engaging with multi-media, Intikana will guide us through his story of self-discovery, mentorship and the importance of preserving the beauty in our communities, our ancestry and ourselves.

Free event for all ages!

Sunday, December 15, 2013
Doors open @ 5:00pm
Ceremony starts @ 6:00pm

Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse (b/w 165th & 166th St.)
Bronx, NY 10456




Two-time BRIO winner Nelida Tirado (2007 & 2010) recently performed at El Teatro @ El Museo del Barrio part of Baila Society’s diverse mix of New York's most esteemed dance companies for a night of breathtaking performances.

Nelida Tirado recently hailed as “magnificent” from The New York Times, is known for her intense grace and powerful style. She began her formal training at Ballet Hispanico of NY, training in classical ballet, graham, Spanish dance/ flamenco. At 19 she toured the US with Jose Molina Bailes Espanoles, was a soloist and dance captain of Carlota Santana’s “Flamenco Vivo, and was an original member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Spanish Ballet in Franco Zeferelli’s production of “Carmen”. Nelida has performed in Europe and Asia as well as the USA. She was a BRIO winner in 2007, the same year she was featured in Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”.

Rosemarie Fiore (2009 BRIO winner) currently has two exhibitions in the New York City area. Rosemarie Fiore SMOKE PAINTINGS is on view at the Von Lintel Gallery at 520 West 23rd Street through October 19th. Morphology of the Print is on view at the Lehman Art Gallery at 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West through January 8, 2014. Opening Reception: Monday, October 21st, 6:00-8:00pm.


Rosemarie Fiore is a Bronx-based artist who typically produces artwork out of the actions of mechanisms, converting popular technology such as lawn mowers, cars, pinball machines, and amusement park rides into painting machines. Fiore received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago. Her residencies include Art Omi, Yaddo, Skowhegan, MacDowell Colony, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts (AIM Program). She’s received numerous awards through New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Sally and Milton Avery Foundation and Bronx Council on the Arts, to name a few. Fiore had numerous solo and group exhibitions with reviews in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Art in America, Village Voice, NY Arts Magazine, FLAUNT Magazine, Art Papers Magazine, Washington Post and Art on Paper. 2013-14 exhibitions include NY’s Von Lintel Gallery and Lehman College Gallery and SCAD Galleries in Atlanta & Hong Kong.

Onyedika Chuke:  the untitled

September 15 – October 20, 2013 at Wave Hill


In the untitled, on view through October 20, Onyedika Chuke fills the Sun Porch with an installation that investigates the relationship between the body, nature and architecture. This project consists of sculptures that are concerned with the need for shelter, using building materials such as plaster and salvaged wood. Chuke states, "Dwelling construction calls for one to relate body directly to material, conjuring up issues pertaining to scale." His forms all allude to figurative sculpture--- from classical to modernist ---   as well as to representations of the human physique in relation to architecture and space. Chuke is a recipient of Wave Hill's 2013 Van Lier Visual Artist Fellowship, which offers emerging artists of diverse backgrounds professional development, career mentorship and workspace and exhibition opportunities.


Onyedika Chuke's (2013 BRIO winner) practice is focused on an ongoing essay composition. The essay is entitled “The Forever Museum” in which the artist analyzes the history/historiography of museum objects, and presents three dimensional models (sculptures) based on the disjunctures between historical artifacts,  architecture, politics and the human body. Onyedika Chuke has completed a number of residencies and commissions, included are The Bronx Museum AIM program and The Verbier Public Art Commission in Switzerland. He is The Van Lier Visual Art Fellow at Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center for 2013. He is also a recipient of a New York City public art commission on Randall’s Island, to be completed in summer of 2014. He is a graduate of Hostos Community College and The Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art,

Nicolás Dumit Estévez
Searching for Refuge: Spreading the Word at the Armory

Spreading the Word: with Roselee Goldberg’s Book Under My Arms.
Photo: Ka-man Tse. Courtesy of Nicolas Dumit Estévez.

Nicolás Dumit Estévez’s essay Searching for Refuge: Spreading the Word at the Armory, was published in the Spring 2013 issue of Caribbean Intransit Arts Journal. Click link to find his article on page 36.


Nicolas Dumit Estevez (2010 BRIO winner) is an artist working in performance art, public interventions and art in everyday life. He has exhibited in the US and internationally at Madrid Abierto/ARCO, The IX Havana Biennial, Prague Quadrennial, Potevedra Biennial, The Queens Museum of Art, P.S.1/MoMA Clocktower Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, the Center for Book Arts, Franklin Furnace, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others. Born in Santiago de los Treinta Caballeros, Dominican Republic, Estevez lives and works in the South Bronx. In 2010 he will be baptized as a Bronxite in the Bronx River as part of Born Again, a public intervention developed for Longwood Arts Gallery/BCA.

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