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."


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