Thursday, May 26, 2011

Open Memorial Day!

Hello (Art, Bronx, Museum, day-off, Elizabeth Catlett...) Lovers

Heads up, the Bronx Museum is open today through Memorial Day. That's right, all "staycation" aficionados looking for a new part of the city to conquer should travel uptown to view the Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation With 21 Contemporary Artists exhibition. Imagine the work of Ms. Catlett, plus 21 contemporary artists paying tribute all in the same exhibition.

...Ms. Catlett, now 96, is known for her work’s deep engagement with social issues and the politics of gender, race and deprivation. She started down this road during the Depression, when she participated in the Federal Art Project, and followed it consistently into the era of the activist Black Arts movement in the ’60s and beyond... read more

Organized by guest-curator Isolde Brielmaier, this  exhibition features sculptures, prints, and drawings by Elizabeth Catlett and works by twenty one contemporary artists including Sanford Biggers, iona rozeal brown, Patty Chang, Patricia Coffie, Renee Cox, Sam Durant, Lalla Essaydi, Ellen Gallagher and Edgar Cleijne, Kalup Linzy, Kerry James Marshall, Wardell Milan, Wangechi Mutu, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Robert Pruitt, Xaviera Simmons, Shinique Smith, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Roberto Visani, and Carrie Mae Weems.

At Last, Kudos for Elizabeth Catlett
As a black woman making art about people of color, the famed sculptor has lived with controversy. That didn't stop her. And she's still at it... read more

Also on view
Urban Archives: Happy Together
The second exhibition related to the Urban Archives Project features artworks by Asian and Asian-American artists from the Bronx Museum Permanent Collection as well as material from the Fales Library at NYU selected by guest-curator Alexandra Chang. On view are archives related to artists Martin Wong and Tseng Kwong Chi, the collective Godzilla, and architect and former Bronx resident Nancy Sun. 
Orange Tree 
Orange Tree is a 20-foot steel sculpture created by Cuban born artist Alexandre Arrechea, with multi-limbed basketball hoop "branches" surrounded by scattered basketballs to mimic fallen fruit. Orange Tree shifts familiar structures to engage viewers' perceptions of form and function, while raising questions about the role of street sports in urban culture. 

Visiting the Bronx Museum is so(oo) easy
Hop on the D train. Depending on where you start from you can be at BxMA in less than 20 minutes, 5 train stops! The 4 train works too but the walk is a little longer once you get off at 161/Yankee Stadium.

From Train Stations
59th St/Columbus Circle, NYC: 20 minutes, 5 stops
W 4 St. NYC:  37 minutes, 10 stops
Pacific Ave, Bklyn: 50 minutes, 13 stops 
Go to for complete exhibition details. And before you start your trip it's always a good idea to visit Google Maps, Hopstop, and especially the NYC Transit website to check for service changes. 
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th St
Bronx NY 10463

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