Saturday, January 28, 2012

FIRST FRIDAYS! The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Friday, February 3, 2012, 6:00pm until 10:00pm
The Black Power Mixtape

Film screening honoring Black History Month
mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement—Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them—the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television. Director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover bring this footage to light in a mosaic of images, music and narration chronicling the evolution one of our nation's most indelible turning points, the Black Power movement. Music by Questlove and Om'Mas Keith, and commentary from prominent African-American artists and activists who were influenced by the struggle - including Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, and Melvin Van Peebles - give the historical footage a fresh, contemporary resonance and makes the film an exhilarating, unprecedented account of an American revolution.

6:00pm DJ Revolution spins on the 1’s & 2’s (Soul, Classic R&B, Hip-Hop)
6:45pm Welcome Remarks

6:50pm Screening of The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (100 min)
8:30pm Q&A with film co-producer Joslyn Barnes (Louverture Films)

8:45pm Performance: GIF (HABANA/HARLEM®)
9:00pm Performance: Latasha N. Nevada Diggs (Burnt Sugar, Black Earth Institute)
9:15pm Performance: Mahogany L. Browne (PoetCD.Com/Nuyorican Poets Café)
9:30pm Performance: M.C. K~Swift (New Rap Order/ Universal Zulu Nation)
9:45pm Closing Remarks

2nd Floor - North Wing


First Fridays! are made possible through the support of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Simón Bolívar Foundation. Beer has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery. In collaboration with IFC, and produced in association with Asho Productions.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Weekend Hours

Christmas Weekend Hours
Friday: 11-8pm (Free Admission)
Saturday: 11-6pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED

Friday, October 28, 2011

Architecture + Film + Open House = A Busy Weekend

Some weekends you have nothing to do, and some weekends there's too much. This weekend is the latter. Come Monday if you haven't done something BxMA related don't say there weren't options.


At the Corner of Art & Architecture
October 28-30, 2011
Beyond the Super Square: At the Corner of Art & Architecture is a three-day conference designed to draw attention to an important historical period of modernist architectural production in Latin America and the Caribbean that, 50 years later, continues to resonate among contemporary artists. Held on October 28–30, 2011, the conference strives to contextualize the impact of modernist architecture throughout the Americas through a series of panels and presentations by architects, urban planners, and contemporary artists.

Conference events are free with registration, except where noted. For more information and registration visit

Friday October 28, 2011

Conceived by artist Pedro Reyes
The New School | Tishman Auditorium | 66 W. 12th Street | New York NY
Beyond the Super-Square inaugurates with The Architecture Challenge! In lieu of a traditional opening night lecture, our conference speakers will come together as contestants to test their knowledge of modernist architecture in a playful game show style competition. Our charming hosts, Eva Franch i Gilabert (Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture) and Pedro Reyes (artist) will grill conference participants on the most obscure architectural facts.

This evening of game and celebration is conceived by artist Pedro Reyes and organized by The Bronx Museum of the Arts in collaboration with The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.

Free with registration
Holly Block, Executive Director, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York

Eva Franch i Gilabert, Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York
Pedro Reyes, artist, Mexico City

Carlos Brillembourg, Principal, Carlos Brillembourg Architects, New York
Jose Castillo, Principal, arq911sc, Mexico City
Felipe Correa, Co-founder, Somatic Collaborative, New York
Ana Maria Duran, Co-principal, Estudio A0, Quito
Belmont Freeman, Principal, Belmont Freeman Architects, New York
Alejandro Hernandez, Galvez Editor, Arquine Magazine, Mexico City
Javier de Jesus Martinez, Associate Dean, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce
Ligia Nobre, independent curator, Sao Paulo
Jorge Pardo, artist, Los Angeles

Saturday October 29, 2011
The Bronx Museum of the Arts | 1040 Grand Concourse | Bronx NY
Beyond the Super-Square Symposium brings together architects, artists, scholars, and urban planners for a daylong series of panels to explore the varied and dynamic exchanges between Latin America’s vanguards of modern architecture and contemporary art. Masterworks by modernist Latin American and Caribbean architects such as Mathias Goertiz, Lina Bo Bardi, Max Borges, Mario Pani, and Carlos Raul Villanueva, among others, will be evaluated through the unique perspective of contemporary artists to offer a broad critical understanding of the transformative environments that hailed Latin America’s transition into modernity.
Free with registration

Morning Refreshments


Introductory Remarks
Holly Block, Executive Director, The Bronx Museum of the Arts (NYC)
Maria Ines Rodriguez, Chief Curator, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (Mexico City)


Lead Speaker
Francisco Jorge Liernur, Dean, Torcuato Di Tella University School of Architecture (Buenos Aires)


Remnants of Modernism in Art & Architecture
Carlos Brillembourg, Principal, Carlos Brillembourg Architects (NYC)

Jose Castillo, Principal, Arquitectura 911sc (Mexico City)
Javier de Jesus, Associate Dean, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (Ponce)
Hannia Gomez, Founder, Fundacion de la Memoria Urbana (Caracas)
Terence Gower, artist (NYC)
Eduardo Luis Rodriguez, Editor, Arquitectura Cuba (Havana)


Lunch Break


Paradigms of Contemporary Urbanism: Experiments and Interventions
William Morrish Dean, Parsons/The New School of Constructed Environments

Raul Cardenas/Torolab, artist (Tijuana)
Felipe Correa, Co-founder, Somatic Collaborative/Harvard Graduate School of Design (NYC)
Ana Maria Duran, Co-principal, Estudio A0 (Quito)
Alejandro Hernandez Galvez, Editor, Arquine Magazine (Mexico City)
Pedro Reyes, artist (Mexico City)


The Modernism and the Contemporary In Brazil
Sergio Bessa, Director of Programs, The Bronx Museum of the Arts (NYC)

Barry Bergdoll, Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art (NYC)
Jose Lira, Professor, University of Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo)
Ligia Nobre, independent curator, Mackenzie University (Sao Paulo)
Mauro Restiffe, artist (Sao Paulo)


Open Questions and Conversation

Sunday October 30, 2011

Various Sites | Meets at Lexington & E. 59th | $30.00 includes lunch

Discover New York City’s overlooked modern architectural heritage in the Bronx. A bus tour led by architectural historian Matthew Postal will cover various sites in the Bronx including two university campuses, government offices, and high-rise structures designed by renowned architects Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, and Paul Rudolph, among others.

Registration: $30.00, includes lunch. Limited space available 


FRIDAY (tonight)
at The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Carlos de Jesus (2011, 90 mins)

A feature-length video documentary, “The Garifuna Nation,” presents a cultural encounter between two distinct Afro-Caribbean experiences: Afro-Puerto Rican and Garinagu (also called Garifuna). Through these two parallel perspectives, the video looks into how the slave experience has historically played itself out in different ways and how circumstances determine who we are today. Having escaped the ravages of slavery in the Americas, a group of West Africans joined with Carib Indians to form the Garifuna culture that has survived for over 212 years -- on self-reliance, sacred spirit-possession practices and dance moves. Now, the Garinagu people must face the challenge of interfacing western lifestyles and modern technology with the long-held values regarding their community.

Post-screening Q&A
Admission: Free

Presented by Afro-Latino Forum


at The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Antoni Muntadas, who was born in Barcelona and has lived and worked in New York since 1971, is best known for his multimedia works and public art installations that address social and political issues. The works included in MUNTADAS: INFORMATION >> SPACE >> CONTROL focus on the relationship between public and private space, the media, how information is conveyed, interpreted, and manipulated, and the way that public opinion is shaped.

“Muntadas has worked on information theory for decades, and his work is more relevant than ever today,” said Bronx Museum of the Arts Director Holly Block. “We are pleased to present this survey of works by Muntadas, originated by the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, in Brazil, and we welcome audiences to explore the role information and its dissemination play in our everyday lives.”

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Thursday, October 20, 2011



U.S. Artists to Engage Underserved Youth Through Community-based Arts Projects, Will Strengthen People-to-People Diplomacy

BRONX, NY, October 18 – The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Bronx Museum of the Arts launched smARTpower, a new initiative that sends 15 American artists and collaborative artist teams to 15 countries worldwide to engage in people-to-people diplomacy through the visual arts. This new initiative builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power diplomacy,” which embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools – in this case the visual arts – to bring people together and foster greater understanding.

For up to 45 days during the next year, the following American artists will travel to all corners of the globe where they will partner with local arts organizations to engage with underserved youth and create community-based projects.  The first smARTpower artist, Kabir Carter of Brooklyn, New York will travel on October 24 to Istanbul, Turkey.  Other artists will follow throughout 2012 with travel to China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Venezuela.

The artists participating in smARTpower, the countries to which they will travel, and their in-country partner arts organization are:

•    Duke Riley of Brooklyn, New York – Shanghai, China
Partner Organization: Arthub Asia

•    Chris “Daze” Ellis of New York, New York – Quito, Ecuador
Partner Organization: Cero Inspiración

•    Arturo Lindsay of Atlanta, Georgia – Cairo, Egypt
Partner Organization: Medrar/Nagla Samir

•    Rochelle Feinstein of New York, New York – Accra, Ghana
Partner Organization: Foundation for Contemporary Art

•    Caroline Woolard of Brooklyn, New York – New Delhi, India
Partner Organization: KHOJ

•    Miguel Luciano of Brooklyn, New York – Nairobi and Dadaab Province, Kenya
Partner Organization: Kuona Trust

•    Samuel Gould of Minneapolis, Minnesota – Pristina, Kosovo
Partner Organization: Stacion Center for Contemporary Art

•    Think Tank (comprised of Christopher Robbins, John Ewing, and Maria del Carmen Montoya) of Little Neck, New York; Roxbury, Massachusetts; and Corvallis, Oregon – Beirut, Lebanon
Partner Organization: Arab Image Foundation

•    Pepón Osorio of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Kathmandu, Nepal
Partner Organization: Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre

•    Brett Cook of Berkeley, California – Lagos, Nigeria
Partner Organization: Wy Art Foundation

•    Art Jones of Bronx, New York – Karachi, Pakistan
Partner Organization: Vasl

•    Mary Mattingly of New York, New York – Manila, The Philippines
Partner Organization: Green Papaya Art Projects

•    Xaviera Simmons of Brooklyn, New York – Columbo, Sri Lanka
Partner Organization: Theertha International Artists Collective.

•    Kabir Carter of Brooklyn, New York – Istanbul, Turkey
Partner Organization: PiSt///Interdisciplinary Project Space

•    Seth Augustine and Rachel Shachar of Los Angeles, California – Caracas, Venezuela
Partner Organization: Centro Cultural Chacao

“For generations, the visual arts have opened the doors to dialogue.  This international exchange initiative harnesses the power of the visual arts,” said Assistant Secretary of State Ann Stock. “smARTpower engages people, especially youth, through visual art to address key issues of the day important to all communities.”

“The selection of the artists for smARTpower is a particularly exciting moment as it launches a program that is a natural extension of our mission to foster artists and connect people of different backgrounds and cultures through arts programming,” said Holly Block, Director of The Bronx Museum of the Arts. “We believe that artists have a unique ability to express and explore the ideas, issues and experiences of importance in our daily lives. By creating relationships between people around the world, these artists will help build cross-cultural understanding and exchange.”

Kabir Carter, the first smARTpower artist to travel overseas, will begin his project in Istanbul on October 24, 2011. A performance and installation artist who works with sound, Carter has exhibited at a number of institutions nationally and internationally and has taught audio production at CSI CUNY. For his smARTpower project, he will lead a series of workshops with members of the local community to gather and preserve their oral histories. Carter will teach workshop participants skills for collecting oral histories, and will share techniques and strategies for recording, compiling, and editing their stories. He will focus on the use of simple sound and electroacoustic technology to produce sound installations and foster on-going interest in documenting short-term and long-term histories that affect daily life. The Turkish partner organization for the project is PiST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, a non-profit, independent art space in Istanbul.

The second artist to travel abroad will be Arturo Lindsay, who will depart for the first of two trips to Egypt in early January, 2012. Lindsay, born in Colon, Panama, immigrated to New York at age 12 and later became a U.S. citizen. He has an extensive and distinguished exhibition and teaching career, and currently lives in Atlanta where he is a professor of Art and Art History at Spelman College. Lindsay has a long-held belief that artists and educators can be cultural ambassadors and build bridges of understanding between people. During his career he has collaborated on projects with members of street gangs, day laborers, intellectuals, artists, poets, architects, academics and government officials from various national and cultural backgrounds. For his smARTpower project, Lindsay will establish a contemporary art theory and practice workshop that will provide participants with skills to create collaborative and interactive installation and performance works of art based on the concept of “bearing witness.” Inspired by the youth of the Middle East who turned cell phones and social media into community building tools, the project will document extraordinary experiences in the lives of ordinary people. Upon his return, Lindsay plans to create a creative exchange between the Egyptian youth and students and emerging artists in Atlanta. The Egyptian partner organization for this project is Medrar for Contemporary Art, which works with and supports young emerging artists in Egypt and encourages cross-cultural dialogue.
More than 900 individuals from nearly all 50 states and U.S. territories applied to the program. Those chosen include both emerging and established artists who work in a variety of media, from site-specific happenings to portable art installations. Selection criteria included the strength of the artists’ work, and their experienced commitment to community-based art making.

smARTpower is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State in partnership with the Bronx Museum of the Arts.  Click here to learn more about the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and click here to learn more about The Bronx Museum of the Arts.


Talley Sergent
U.S. Department of State

Elizabeth Chapman
Resnicow Schroeder Associates

Abby Margulies
Resnicow Schroeder Associates

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Long Weekend in the Bronx

If you're one of the lucky ones, this Monday is yours! Sleep late, pick apples, see art. As you can imagine I'm pushing for the latter. You can spend the entire weekend in the Bronx dancing, eating, learning...

First Fridays! welcomes trombonist Chris Washburne and his Latin jazz group SYOTOS.
Bronx Museum

Chris Washburne and the band will dish out sassy harmonies, smart arrangements, and tunes that make you want to dance. It won’t take you long to figure out why The New York Times calls him “one of the best trombonists in New York.” He’s performed with all-stars across a huge range of styles, from Tito Puente to Justin Timberlake and Marc Anthony. Washburne has worked with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute for over 12 years, fostering a long-term commitment to reaching new audiences, and developing a performance experience that reflects the community’s love for Latin music and its history.
Presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series, a program of the Weill Music Institute.

6:00 pm: Free viewing of current exhibitions

Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band
7:00 pm 1st Set
8:00 pm 2nd Set

FREE Event (and beer)!
Dancing is not required but if you get up we won't stop you.

First Fridays are made possible through the support of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and the Simón Bolívar Foundation. Beer has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.


Muntadas: Information >> Space >> Control
Bronx Museum
Born in Barcelona, Spain, Antoni Muntadas has lived and worked in New York since 1971, and is best known for his multimedia works and public art installations that address social and political issues. The works included in Muntadas: Information >> Space >> Control focus on the relationship between public and private space, the media, how information is conveyed, interpreted, and manipulated, and the way that public opinion is shaped.

Among the works included in the exhibition are Video is Television? an amalgamation of words and images from different sources that looks at the way the media may be used to censor or promulgate ideas, and "On Subjectivity," which takes a series of images used in the media out of their original context and proposes a different understanding of their meaning. "On Subjectivity" will feature five images from the Bronx, accompanied by a logbook for visitors to create their own captions. Each day a selection of captions written by visitors will be posted next to the photographs.

Also included in the exhibition is the video series On Translation, a version of which was included in the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. The presentation at the Bronx Museum will include the videos Fear/Miedo (2005) and Miedo/Jauf (2007), which respectively explore the relationship and border tensions between Tijuana and San Diego, and southern Spain and northern Africa. Together, the two videos look at the construction of fear in relationship to the idea of the unknown and the other.


Urban Archives: Emilio Sanchez in the Bronx
Bronx Museum

This exhibition presents a group of works by Emilio Sanchez from The Bronx Museum of the Arts Permanent Collection, together with related archival material and a special interpretive project by Bronx-based artist Laura Napier. All the works depict commercial buildings in the Hunts Point area of the South Bronx. With a colorful palette and rigorous architectural design, these works depict the bodegas and auto shops of the Bronx in an almost idyllic style that makes a stark contrast with preconceived views of the borough.
Emilio Sanchez (1921-1999)  Untitled  (Storefront, Hunts Point, Bronx) c. 1989. Oil on canvas 24 x 56"


If you couldn't make it to the Museum on Saturday or Sunday we will be open on Monday, 11-4pm. Otherwise visit some of our favorite places in the Bronx. 

Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades (the leaves are turning!). Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

Celebrate the Yankees advancing through the playoff (fingers crossed)

Or, enjoy a great Italian meal in the "real Little Italy." Were else can you find such a wealth and breadth of fine Italian cuisine within a short walk through the neighborhood. As one food critic put it recently, "The restaurants of Arthur Avenue make Mulberry Street's look like stepchildren of the Olive Garden."


Busy weekend! If you have any questions visit us online at

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bronx Teen Council on Emilio Sanchez Exhibit

Designed to make contemporary art and culture accessible to urban youth, the Teen Council is structured around the production of MuseCasts, video podcasts available on YouTube, and MuseZines, a graphic publication of original work and commentary, by a small group of high school students working closely with instructors in the Media Lab. Feel free to explore our site and check back for updates!

Monday, August 29, 2011

3-Day Weekend at BxMA

We hope everyone stayed safe during Hurricane Irene. This was the third straight Sunday  that it's rained --spoiling your trip to the Bronx Museum. This weekend, Saturday, Sunday, (11-6pm) & Labor Day, (11-4pm) we will be open! --not to mention Thursday and Friday (Free Admission on Friday).

This will be your last chance to view the AIM Biennial exhibition featuring 72 young artists who have completed BxMA's Artist in the Marketplace program. And, coincidentally (maybe, maybe not) next Monday is also the deadline for artists to submit an AIM application to the next pro-dev workshop cycle.

Besides the AIM application deadline and AIM Biennial closing on September 5; on Friday September 9, 6-midnight the Museum will collaborate with
MBSCC & Vishiva Real Management to present "Urban Nights of Cinema, Music, & Fashion" --an eclectic showcase of film, live music, and art at the Albert Goodman House. Purchase Tickets:

On Friday, September 16, 6-8pm the Museum will host a symposium workshop on "Travel to Cuba"  the new White House Policy permitting licensed travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens for people-to-people and broad educational purposes. Free event, please RSVP on Facebook
Thursday: OPEN 11-6pm
Friday: OPEN & FREE 11-8pm
Saturday: OPEN 11-6pm
Sunday: OPEN 11-6pm
Monday: OPEN 11-4pm (AIM application deadline!)

Hope to see you!