Hop on the
trolley and enjoy attractions at some of the
spots along the lower Grand Concourse
the trolley on
the first Wednesday evening of each month
(except January & September) at Longwood Art
Gallery @ Hostos, on the campus of Hostos Community College at
450 Grand Concourse. The
trolley departs at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30pm for other venues in
the South Bronx Cultural Corridor. The
trolley ride and admission to participating venues along its route
are free. The Bronx Culture Trolley vehicle is wheelchair
Hostos Community College is
located at 450 Grand Concourse near 149th Street in the Bronx.
Take the 2, 4 & 5 trains or Bx1, Bx19 buses to Grand Concourse
and 149 Street. More detailed directions.
Reservations: Call 718-931-9500 x33 or e-mail
ALONG THIS MONTH's TROLLEY ROUTE
5:00-9:00 | BCA’s LONGWOOD ART GALLERY @ HOSTOS
450 Grand Concourse at 149th St. | 718-518-6728
- Lasting Legacies: Ellsworth Ausby, Xenobia Bailey, Honey Kassoy, and Olga Kitt
Lasting Legacies highlights the work of four dynamic elder artists from BCA’s Creating A Living Legacy (CALL) Program. This exhibition features their sculptures, paintings, graffiti and textile art. BCA CALL is an outgrowth of the Joan Mitchell Foundation CALL program that connects elder artists with BCA-trained Legacy Specialists who teach CALL artists how to document and archive their life’s work.
Dubbed: Lady K Fever
An installation by Lady K Fever (Kathleena Howie) and curated by Bronx artist and 2013 BCA BRIO winner Laura Napier, is a fresh, innovative installation ─ the artist’s first solo NYC exhibition. Working in the Gallery’s Project Room during the days prior to her opening, Lady K Fever will remix her own work, layering graffiti vernacular, drawings, paintings on plexiglass and cardboard, razor wire, transparencies, found objects, and selfies with her signature abstract expressive flora and botanicals. Both exhibitions are on view thru April 1.
Dubbed/ inTransport reflective graffiti installation
An ephemeral installation by Bronx artist Lady K Fever in which the words "Boogie Down" are formed in reflective tape and mounted temporarily on panels on both sides of the May trolley, making trolley, itself, a temporary art installation with letters that will glow and reflect in the dark, lighting up the trolley as it travels and departs from Hostos.
Upcoming PEN American Center International Literary Festival
Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez will be handing out promotional materials for PEN's upcoming World Voices international literary festival and to inform the public on how BCA, Bronx Museum of the Arts and PEN American Center will be collaborating on exciting new writing workshops and panel presentation on May 7th at Bronx Museum.
5:00-8:00 | BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th St. | 718-681-6000
5:30-7:30: Readings & Conversations
Hop off the Bronx Trolley at the Bronx Museum and hear a reading of excerpts from the graphic novel Ghetto Brother. Author Julian Voloj will be joined by Benjamin Melendez, the protagonist of the book, as well as Joseph Mpa, a former Black Panther activist.
5:45-7:45: Free Guided Tour of the Museum’s Current Exhibitions
Escape Route: Paintings and Drawings by Jeffrey Spencer Hargrave
A selection of works dealing with issues related to race, religion and sexuality by the New York-based artist, organized by guest curator Isaac Aden and created from 2011 to 2014. Since 1998 Hargrave has produced a compelling, deeply personal body of work incorporating painting, drawing, sculpture and video that explore the dynamics between race, sexuality and religion in relation to his upbringing in the south and early adulthood as an African-American gay male coming to terms with racial and sexual identity. (on view thru May 31st).
Jaime Davidovich: Adventures of the Avant-Garde
Evocative of his quest for “the meaning of the avant-garde” in the video that gives the title to this exhibition, the selection of works presented here charts Davidovich’s transit through different iterations of the avant-garde; from an early exploration in the monochrome’s possibilities and spatial concerns that would also later inform his site-specific works of the late sixties and early seventies, to the video works of the of the same period up until the 1990s, which not only pioneered the use of television as a medium but also addressed themes such as identity, diaspora and globalization. The artist’s singular use of tape as a medium, as a surface, as a space, and then its transfiguration into the medium of video-tape is revisited through the presentation of several bodies of work that highlight the process-based and site-specific nature of his practice as well as Davidovich’s engagement with experimental practices throughout his trajectory of the past five decades. Organized by guest curator Julieta González. (on view thru June 14)
Three Photographers from the Bronx
This exhibition showcases the work of Jules Aarons, Morton Broffman, and Joe Conzo—three Bronx-born photographers who captured significant moments of societal and urban change in the borough and across the country during the 20th century. The exhibition features over 80 works, from depictions of daily life in the Bronx and Far Rockaways in the early 1950s, to images of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, to a searing look at Bronx community protests in the early 1980s. Together these works create an exchange across three distinct and intertwined moments—exploring the legacy of community activism and urban change, and launching a dialogue surrounding the challenges the Bronx and similar communities continue to face today. (on view thru June 14).
The terrace installation Please Touch conveys artist Raul Mourão's awareness of the city, with its characters, architecture, objects and accidents. Displaced from their original sites and stripped of any function, mundane street elements are further altered in shape and scale by the artist. Works featured in Please Touch include Street Arrow, inspired by road signage and old advertising panels; Touch Please, a play on the ubiquitous scaffolding structures used in construction sites; and Basement, a reference to the metal basement doors found in front of restaurants and bodegas throughout the city. (on view thru June 21).
The recent announcement of a new re-engagement policy between the United States and Cuba has increased the level of expectation as to what the future of the island will be. By featuring a selection of works from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection, Cuba Libre! suggests that contemporary Cuban artists have already been engaged in this discussion, providing thoughtful materials for their audiences to ponder on their diversity and rich historical legacy. (on view thru June 21).
Highlights from the Permanent Collection
This exhibition features works by Elizabeth Catlett, a key figure in continuing the tradition of connecting the public to artwork that explores and displays acute attention to detail, technique, and formal qualities while also exposing the social, economic, and racial issues of our time. Her inclination for multiple forms of expression—sculpture, painting, and printmaking—is reflected in the broad conceptual scope of her art and its relationship to art history. (on view thru June 21).
5:45-7:45 | ANDREW FREEDMAN HOME
1125 Grand Concourse, diagonally across from the Bronx Museum of the Arts
Artist Studio Tours from 6:00-10:00pm. Come see the work of 18 artists in residence. Refreshments will be available.
5:30-7:30 | BRONX DOCUMENTARY CENTER
614 Courtlandt Avenue | 718-993-3512 or 917-696-1655
New Works #18: En Foco’s Photography Fellowship Awards
The Bronx Documentary Center and En Foco present this major exhibition by the 18th New Works Photography Fellowship Awardees: Alan Chin, Eyakem Gulilat, Angie Keller, Hye-Ryoung Min and Joana Toro who invite us to understand cultures unknown to many American audiences. Their projects consider the power of place and the nature of connection and isolation.” (on view thru May 9).
5:30-7:30 | BRONXARTSPACE
305 E. 140th St., btwn 3rd & Alexander Aves | 718-401-8144 or 718-589-5819
Curated by Rafael Melendez, this exhibition features the work of Olivier Borde, Matthew Burcaw, Rives Elliot, Ivan Gaete, Paula Izydorek, Ivan Monforte, Jessica Ogden, and Mary A. Valverde. The show’s title is borrowed from Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s 1991 Untitled (Perfect Lovers), which consists of two mechanical clocks hanging side by side, set to the same exact time only to inevitably fall out of synch with one another. (Perfect Lovers) is a survey of recent black and white works influenced by Gonzalez-Torres that speak about contemporary “loves,” which inevitably go out of synch, but nevertheless retain a sense of poetry through time. (on view thru May 9).
5:30-8:30 | WALLWORKS
39 Bruckner Blvd. | 917-825-9342
MadC - Bits & Pieces
A solo exhibition of never before seen new works by German powerhouse artist MadC, aka Claudia Walde, a graffiti artist from Germany who is known for her large scale outdoor artistic works. MadC started her artistic trajectory as a teenaged graffiti writer, and has since then developed her creative endeavors into various fields such as graphic design, writing and fine art. She is the author and designer of two books on street and graffiti art. (on view thru June 3).
5:30-8:30pm | CHARLIE'S BAR & KITCHEN
112 Lincoln Ave. (corner of Bruckner Blvd) | 718-684-2338
Bronx Council on the Arts thanks Bronx Tourism Council, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly, Capital One Bank,
Crown Trophy of the Bronx, En Foco, Fox
Networks, MAS Marketing & Advertising Solutions, Montefiore Medical Center, the Throgg's
Neck Merchants Association, and Wellcare for supplying
the give-aways for our
Bronx Culture Trolley nights.
Special Thanks to our
Funders and Supporters
Bronx Trolley First Wednesday Arts & Culture Tour is a program of:
- Bronx Council
on the Arts
- Bronx Cultural
- Bronx Tourism
is made possible with funding from:
- NYC Department of Cultural Affair,
- NYS Council on the Arts
- Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation
- Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.
- Hostos Community College
- NYC Council Member James Vacca
- Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
- Bronx Delegation of the City Council.
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