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February 1- May 3, 2017

Image: Alyssa Clear, Goodbye Darling! No. 3, 2016   


Noir: Defining the Melodrama

Curator: Juanita Lanzo, Charlie Vázquez & Kimberly Vaquedano-Rose


Noir: Defining the Melodrama presents works by artists inspired by the genre film noir*Artists in this exhibition revisit, re-imagine, appropriate and respond to iconography in noir that addresses current events, crime, urban life, gender roles, isolation and displacement through drawings, illustrations, painting, photography and video.


Participating artists: Laura Alvarez, Tyrone Brown-Osborne, Carey Clark, Alyssa Clear, Robert De Jesus, Ray Felix, Elizabeth Glushko & Steve Pavlovsky, Daniel Hauben, Rasheed Humphrey, Patrick Jewell, Nikki Johnson, Jayson Keeling, Gabrielle Lopez, Jeanette May, Osjua Newton, Gelah Penn, Nestor Perez-Moliere, Jaime Permuth, Ethan Shoshan, Shira Toren, Nitza Tufiño, Dennesa Usher, Boo Lynn Walsh, Joe Wippler, and Michael Young.


*Film noir genre generally refers to mystery and crime drama films produced from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. Movies of this genre were characteristically shot in black and white, and featured stories involving femme fatales, doomed heroes or anti-heroes, and tough, cynical detectives.  Other characteristics include low key or artificial lighting, scenes shot at night or under the rain, blurriness and voiced over narrations. The mood in noir films is often pessimistic, implying fear, treason or imminent danger. 


"On Noir"Artist Tour and Conversation
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 6:30-8:30pm

The film noir genre began with black-and-white mystery and crime films produced in the 1940s and 1950s. Femme fatales, doomed heroes, and cynical detectives were featured, utilizing artificial lighting, nocturnal and stormy scenes, as well as voiced-over narration. This style moved beyond its cinematic origins to include crime fiction, graphic novels and other story forms that relate fear, treason and imminent danger. 

Visual artists Carey Clark, Jayson Keeling, Jeanette May and Jaime Permuth will discuss the stories behind their photographs, which are featured in Noir: Defining the Melodrama, and how they relate to the over-arching themes of the noir style that unites this groundbreaking exhibit as a whole. BCA's Longwood Arts Project Director and Curator Juanita Lanzo will moderate the discussion.

Free, but please RSVP.

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
450 Grand Concourse, Room C-190
Bronx, NY 10451

This public program, presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Noir”:Defining the Melodrama
On view at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos through May 3, 2017

Public Program (TBA)
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 5-9pm

Closing Reception
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 5-9pm

Past Events

Opening Reception
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 5-9pm

This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture; the Bronx Delegation of the NYC Council - including Council Member James Vacca, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr., and Council Member Andrew Cohen.


Gallery Location:

On the campus of
Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse, Room C-190

(at 149th Street)
Bronx, NY 10451

Phone: 718-518-6728


Gallery Hours:

Monday:   12:00 - 5:00pm

Tuesday:  12:00 - 5:00pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 12:00 - 5:00pm

Friday: 12:00 - 5:00pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Closed Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.


Hostos is easily accessible by the 2, 4, and 5 IRT Trains.

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Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos is wheelchair accessible


Longwood Arts Project is the Bronx Council on the Arts’ contemporary visual art center supporting artists and their work, especially those from underrepresented groups such as women, the LGBT community and artists of color through exhibitions and public programming.

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, one of NYC’s oldest and longest running progressive alternative spaces, presents solo and group exhibitions in various media, and interdisciplinary projects that connect artists, communities and ideas within and beyond the Bronx.

Longwood's Project Room was created in 1991 to focus on Bronx and Bronx-based artists who present solo and experimental projects that aim to address issues of politics of identity, class, gender and urban and popular culture.

Longwood Supporters

Longwood Arts Project receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Lily Achincloss Foundation, Inc.,  Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, NYC Council Members Fernando Cabrera, Andrew Cohen, Melissa Mark-Viverito, James Vacca, the Bronx Delegation, and BCA members.

Special thanks to Hostos Community College and the Center for the Arts & Culture for their generous support of the exhibition program.

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