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October 3 - December 5, 2018


Exhibition Runs: October 3 - December 5

Six Bronx artists envision alternate futures through collaborative installations that provocatively and poetically challenge their audiences. Each project simultaneously draws on rich and varied art, activist, and cultural histories to search for something beyond itself - whether in relation to economies of generosity and exchange, practical information about immigration rights, or complex conversations about cultural heritage.

                                               Participating Artists:

 Alicia Grullon, Blanka Amezkua, Fran Ilich

  Francheska Alcantara, Walter Cruz, Yelaine Rodriguez


                               Curator: Amanda McDonald Crowley


                                                 Public Programs:

Closing Reception + Networking Event

Wednesday, December 5 | 5:30pm-8:30pm

"We Are Here, Because You Were There" a site specific activation by Bronx Based collaborative Yelaine Rodriguez, Melaine Gonzalez, Benton C Bainbridge.

For the exhibition finissage, Maman Brigitte will come alive in a projected environment of translucent fabrics. The performance is inspired by a quote by cultural theorist Stuart Hall and is a commentary of the existences of a new Black culture created from The New World. Concentrated in Haitian and Dominican roots and traditions this performance looks at Maman Brigitte, the death loa in Voodoo, the protector of cemeteries and graves. She guards spirits in transition from life to their death.

Maman Brigitte is from an ongoing series which celebrates the Loa in costume, dance and events. Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Bainbridge make mixed media, installations, and performances at the intersection of wearable art, performance art, and media art. Conceptual design/sculpture by Yelaine Rodriguez, live video projection visuals by Melanie Gonzalez, and media design by Benton C Bainbridge.


                                Diego de la Vega Coffee Coop Activations

                                      October 17, 31 & November 28, 2018

Fran Ilich’s Diego de la Vega Coffee Co-op: Against the Walls of Capital connects social justice movements in the States with their peers in Chiapas, Mexico, and draws inspiration from Zapatista forms of indigenous organization and autonomy to fuel New York based movements.

Fran Ilich and Gabriela Ceja welcome visitors with cups of organic coffee grown locally in Chiapas farms and donated by the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) to inspire migrants in the EEUU to find paths to organize, resist, and create sustainable alternative economies modeled on ancient modes of exchange. The coffee served to Longwood visitors can be traded for alternative currency, barter, and/or time deposits. Visitors can also take part of the ancient economic game ritual of Patolli and engage in conversations over coffee with the Diego de la Vega Experimental Economies and Finance research group. 

The Diego de la Vega Coffee Co-Op will be open on Wednesday, October 31st and Wednesday November 28th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos (450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451). On October 31, the exchange will be accompanied by a screening of “Love and Labor”, a film directed by Stephanie Andreou & Sarah Keeling about Ilich’s and Ceja’s work to create a life that supports their activist efforts. The film will be followed by aQ&A with the directors and artists.

FREE Programs for Youth: Tuesdays through Fridays

For information contact: (718) 518-6728 |




                                       Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos

                                   450 Grand Concourse, Room C-190

                                                   Bronx, NY 10451



Through A Feminine Lens


June 27 - August 8, 2018

Through A Feminine Lens features photography and mixed media works exploring motherhood, immigrant perspectives, equity and race.

                             Participating Artists:

                                                         Christa David

                                                      Melanie Gonzalez

                                                          Lisa DuBois

                                                        Maria Estevez

                                                  Ijeoma D. Iheanacho

                                                         Adeline Lulo

                                                         Gloria Zapata


                               Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos

                            450 Grand Concourse, Room C-190

                                        Bronx, NY 10451

                        Public Programs:

Artist Tour + Conversation Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 | 6:30-8:30pm

Closing Reception + Networking Event Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 | 6:30-8:30pm

FREE Programs for Youth: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and ThursdaysFor information contact: (718) 518-6728 |



Image: Ayana Evans, I Carry You and You Carry Me in Martinique, Collaborative performance with Tsedaye Makonnen as part of FIAP 2017, Forte d'France, Martinique. Digital Photography by JB Garret. Performance Art Documentation Series.

Her Art Will Be Cannibal, curated by interdisciplinary artist Alicia Grullón. Opening reception with the curator and the artists is Tuesday January 16 from 6:00 to 9:00pm at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos.


Her Art Will Be Cannibal is inspired by the work of the Martinique poet Suzanne Césaire and her book “The Great Camouflage: Writings of Dissent (1941-44).” Artworks in this exhibition break down patriarchy, class, and racial paradigms in contemporary contexts, re-stating and affirming the discourse of art from the view of women. Moving through photography, video, text, performance and drawing, their work serves as a manifesto, uncompromising in beliefs and identities. The exhibit highlights a narrative of humanness seldom given visibility, and allows room for the artists’ visions to take over. Participating artists include: Damali Abrams, Francheska Alcántara, Chloë Bass, Ayana Evans, Jessica Lagunas, Shellyne Rodriguez and Misra Walker. Engaging public programs will include four performances and one panel discussion with participating artists.

Public Programs:

Opening Reception
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | 6:00-8:30pm

Performance by Damali Abrams “Brand New Life Around the Bend”
Friday, January 26, 2018 | 6:30-9:00pm

Performance by Ayana Evans “Drink My Kool Aid or Drink The Kool Aid”
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 6:30-9:00pm

Performances by Francheska Alcántara ”Sobre Papel y Palabras”
& Chloë Bass ”#sky #nofilter”
Thursday, March 1, 2018 | 6:30-9:00pm

Closing Reception + Artist Talk with Jessica Lagunas, Shellyne
Rodriguez and Misra Walker, moderated by Jessica Lynne
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | 6:00-9:00pm


Image: David Gonzalez, Dancers, Mott Haven, 1979. Archival pigment print.


Boleros presents recent work by contemporary artists working on mixed media, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture and video, that directly and indirectly allude to emotions of love and loss, memories and longing/nostalgia, touch/contact and other feelings that have inspired or are associated with “bolero” music, which originated in Cuba and became very popular between the 1930’s and ‘40’s in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and other Latin American countries. 

Participating Artists: Blanka Amezkua, Patricia Cazorla, Yarisa Colon, Esperanza Cortes, Maria Dominguez, David Gonzalez, Norma Marquez Orozco, Glendalys Medina, Rafael Melendez, and Phyllis Sanfiorenzo.

Co-Curators: Juanita Lanzo, Kimberly Vaquedano-Rose 

Public Programs & Events:

Opening Reception + First Wednesday Culture Trolley
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 5-9pm

From Music to Memories: Zine Style Book Making Workshop
with Rafael Melendez
Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 2:30-4:30pm

Romanticizing Boleros: Artists’ Talk | Tour | Q&A
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | 6-8pm

Closing Reception + Candlelight: Spanish Poetry Reading
w/ Yarisa Colón Torres| Q&A
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | 6-8pm


On View

September 20 - December 6, 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


Upcoming Exhibition

September 19 - December 7, 2016


December 7th, 2016 | 5-9PM


Participating Galleries: Bronx Art Space ▪ Bronx Museum of the Arts ▪ The Andrew Freedman Home ▪ The Hebrew Home at Riverdale ▪ Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos ▪ Poe Park Visitor Center Gallery

Chief Curator: Alexis Mendoza Biennial Director: Luis Stephenberg

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, in partnership with the Bronx Council on the Arts, is pleased to be participating in the Fifth Bronx Latin American Art Biennial.  Featured artists at Longwood include: Liliana Avalos (Perú),   Williams Carmona (Cuba), Scherezade García ( Dominican Republic), Patrick McGrath Muñiz (Puerto Rico),  Elsa Meléndez (Puerto Rico), José Morales, (Puerto Rico), Clara Morera (Cuba), Freddy Rodríguez (Dominican Republic), Nancy Saleme (Venezuela), Juan Sánchez (Puerto Rico), Ezequiel Taveras (Dominican Republic), Sandra Mack Valencia (Colombia)



Opening Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 5-9pm

Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 5-9pm

5th Bronx Latin American Art Biennial
Artists Panel Discussion

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 6:30pm

Closing Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | 5-9pm

BRIO VI - Material, Culture + Conditions
                       BCA presents 2 years of Grantees in Visual Arts & Media
June 1- August 3, 2016

                                                                                            Image:  Amy Pryor, Best of All He Loved the Fall, 2015

BRIO VI - Material, Culture + Conditions features BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) 2014 & 2015 Awardees in Visual Arts and Media. This exhibition touches upon the current state of socio-economics, the environment and politics.


Artists include

Philip Bell
Yarisa Colón-Torres
Borinquen Gallo
Nigel Ho Sang
Heidi Johnson
Lisa Lebofsky
Ruth Marshall

Arnaldo Morales

Agnes Murray
Nelson Pena
Amy Pryor
Ignacio Soltero
Christy Speakman
Edwin Torres
Tammy Wofsey

Juanita Lanzo, curator


Opening Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley
+ BRIO 2016 Award Celebration

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | 5-9pm

Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 | 5-9pm

Closing Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 | 5-9pm

This exhibition is made possible with public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, the Lambent 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 Members Fernando Cabrera and Andrew Cohen.
February 3 - May 4, 2016
The BRONX:AFRICA exhibit (#BronxAfrica) features contemporary art across disciplines along with Program Ambassador events around the Bronx and beyond. Our borough is home to major and still growing populations from various countries in Africa. Their vital presence influences and transforms our city. BRONX:AFRICA is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the art, expressions and influences of African cultures, and their impact on the arts as nationals mix and infuse. BRONX:AFRICA celebrates the influence of contemporary African cultures that strengthens and connects us with the many peoples of African descent, the diaspora, mixed heritage and migration-dispersion that call the Bronx home.
Artists in the Gallery (list in formation)

Seyi Adebanjo

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Howard T. Cash

Elvira Clayton

Dennis RedMoon Darkeem

Lisa DuBois

Nicky Enright

Janet Goldner

Ijeoma D. Iheanacho

Imo Imeh

Hakim Mutlaq Inniss

Natasha Johnson

Ahmed Tijay Mohammed

Nontsikelelo Mutiti

Ibou Ndoye

Eric Orr

Eto Otitigbe

Thurston Randall

Ibrahima Thiam

Osaretin Ugiagbe

Misra Walker

Tammy Wofsey

Online Display

Olaniyi Akindiya

Kenneth Anderson
Ray Felix

Wednesday February 17: 5:45-8:00pm

BRONX:AFRICA Panel Discussion

  • 6:00pm: African Fashion and Textiles with Sudie Nallo, International Coalition of African Fashion and Catherine McKinley, author, Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World. Moderated by Atim Annette Oton.
  • 7:00pm: African Hair Roots: Black Hair in Art, and Identity with panelists Ijeoma D. Ihenacho and Nontsikelelo Mutiti. Moderated by LeRonn P. Brooks, curator.

           RSVP is Required

Saturday, February 27: 12:00-3:00pm

Hostos Community College Computer Lab, Room C592

BRONX:AFRICA AfroCROWD Editathon hosted by LeRonn P. Brooks, curator.

  • The Bronx Council on the Arts, working with the AfroCROWD initiative, is hosting a
    Black Life Matters Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Saturday February 27, 2016 as part of the BRONX:AFRICA exhibition at Longwood Gallery, to contribute to articles on Wikipedia for the national Black WikiHistory Month outreach campaign. The event will focus on Black
    and African History as part of #BRONX AFRICA.
    You must RSVP here to attend.
    Please note that seating is extremely limited.
    Please do not RSVP unless you are definitely attending.

    No food or beverages allowed in the computer lab.

Wednesday, March 2: 6:00-8:00pm

BRONX:AFRICA Exhibition + First Wednesday Bronx Culture Trolley

Gallery Talk

  • BRONX:AFRICA artists discuss and explore their photography/work in the US and
    Africa. Artists include Laylah Barrayn (Senegal), Janet Goldner (Mali) and Howard T.
    Cash (West Africa). Osaretin Ugiagbe (Nigeria). Moderated by Atim Annette Oton, curator of public programming.

Wednesday, March 16: 6:00-7:00pm

Bronx:Africa Panel Discussion

  • African Spirituality and Death with Dowoti Desir, Manbo Asogwe; Elvira Clayton, artist; and Seyi Adebanjo, artist. Moderated by Atim Annette Oton, curator of public programming.

          RSVP is Required

Wednesday, April 6: 5:00-9:00pm 

BRONX:AFRICA Exhibition + First Wednesday Bronx Culture Trolley

  • 6:00pm: African Food Tasting & Ingredients with Papaye, Patina & Fouta Restaurants
    in the Bronx.
  • 7:00pm: African Food Ingredients Interactive: Bring your language to the food table. Hosted by Atim Annette Oton, curator of public programming.

Friday, April 22: 6:00-8:00pm

Bronx:Africa Poetry Town Hall Tour

  • Ghanaian-born Rachel Ansong, 2015 BRIO Award winner for poetry, will read from her award-winning work and will be joined by Gambian-born Muhamadou Salieu Suso, a musician/historian who will perform on the traditional stringed kora. Their presentations will be followed by a town hall-style community discussion on immigration and identity, as part of Bronx Council on the Arts’ Bronx:Africa exhibit and programs. This is the first in a new series of six upcoming poetry town halls supported by a grant
    from the New York Council for the Humanities.
    RSVP is required.

Friday, April 29: 6:00-8:00pm

Reclaiming our Narratives: A Conversation with Nigerian Journalist Chike Frankie Edozien – as part of PEN World Voices

  • Bred in Lagos, Nigeria, Chike Frankie Edozien grew up to become a journalist and contributed to the 2016 Commonwealth Foundation Creative Nonfiction Anthology. He’s working on a memoir and has traveled the world reporting on HIV/AIDS, particularly as affects Africans. A 2008 Kaiser Foundation fellow for Global Health Reporting, he’ll discuss his work as part of Bronx Council on the Arts’ Bronx:Africa exhibit and programs. 
    RSVP is required.

Wednesday, May 4: 5:00-9:00pm

Closing Reception for BRONX:AFRICA + First Wednesday Bronx Culture Trolley

6:00pm: What is African Art Today? with LeRonn P. Brooks, curator; Atim Annette Oton, curator of public programming; and Deirdre Scott, executive director of the Bronx Council on the Arts.

BRONX:AFRICA Opens at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
The BRONX:AFRICA exhibition enjoyed a successful opening this week with an intimate crowd who gathered for the February 2nd press preview/VIP reception (upper left) and hundreds of visitors kicked off the opening night reception on February 3rd (right). Some of the exhibiting artists stood proudly for their photo opp (bottom left) before the room filled up.

Pictured above left (l. to r.): Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Kenny Anderson, Elvira Clayton, Misra Walker, Osaretin Ugiagbe, Thurston Randall, Lisa DuBois, Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, Janet Goldner, Howard T. Cash, Imo Imeh, Eto Otigtibe, Ibou Ndoye, and Ijeoma D. Iheanacho. Photo: Marisol Diaz

HOMENAJE: Jorge Soto Sanchez

October 7 - December 2, 2015

Jorge Soto Sánchez Untitled
(bathers), c. 1972.
Acrylic on Canvas, 34” x 32”.
Courtesy of Betty Gonzalez-Soto.

The collaborative exhibition with Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture and Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos features two versions of Soto’s best-known work, El velorio de Oller en Nueva York, after the iconic work of the Puerto Rican impressionist Francisco Oller (1833-1917). Other major works of the exhibition include Todo bien en America (1960s) and El Señor Gobernador (1977). Peña-Acosta stated that the exhibition was made possible by the good will of many private collectors. Two primary contributors to the exhibition are members of his family and El Museo del Barrio, both having graciously provided important pieces that have not been on public view since his untimely death.


According to Peña-Acosta, Soto “was a product of the times of the late 60s, often quoting popular concepts from Franz Fenon’s The Wretched of the Earth, which spoke to the dehumanizing effects of colonization and making connection to the Puerto Rican experience. Soto was immersed in researching and learning about his own origin, often visiting the Museum of Natural History where he observed and drew Taino objects and symbols which he later combined with Afro-Caribbean Yoruba religious images.” 


We are thrilled to be presenting this important exhibit of a very talented artist whose legacy in the community and the New York art world is worth preserving and sharing with the wider public,” said Hostos Center Director John MacElwee. “Locating and acquiring these works for exhibition has not been easy; we are grateful to the work of Gladys Peña-Acosta and the Bronx Council on the Arts, and to the generosity of Betty Soto, El Museo de Barrio, El Taller Boricua, Elba Cabrera and others who provided pieces for this tribute.”


Jorge Soto Sánchez was born in East Harlem (El Barrio) in 1947 to Puerto Rican parents.  His family moved to the South Bronx when he was five years old. His artistic talent was evident as early as his receiving a scholarship from Saks Fifth Avenue Department Stores to take drawing classes in composition and human anatomy. In 1961 he attended two years of high school before dropping out to enlist in the Army. He was discharged in 1965 and determined to become an artist, he worked menial jobs while devoting himself to art.


He became involved with Taller Boricua, the Puerto Rican artists’ collective based in El Barrio, in 1971, serving as director by the mid-70s. The collective’s mission was to use art as a tool for education and community by sponsoring of a wide range of exhibitions, literary readings, dances, festivals and free art classes. Soto’s quest to uncover his ancestral routes took him to Puerto Rico in 1972, where studied Taino artifacts and the canonical works of Puerto Rican artists Jose Campeche and Francisco Oller. He had his first major solo exhibit in Puerto Rico at Galería Tanama in Arecibo in 1973.  In 1977, he had a solo exhibit at the Association of Hispanic Arts in New York. His last major exhibition was at El Museo de Barrio in 1979. It featured 60 of his pen and ink drawings. In the mid-1980s, Soto became ill and moved to Vermont to convalesce. He remained there until his death on December 13, 1987, leaving behind a large body of uncatalogued work. His passing created a great void among the Nuyorican artists and poets.


Gladys Peña-Acosta was born in Puerto Rico and now resides in Brooklyn. A graduate of Hunter College and New York University, Peña-Acosta served as Chief Curator of El Museo de Barrio, Executive Director of the New York City Public Art Commission and producer/director of Spanish cultural programs for the Hispanic Information Telecommunication Network. She currently works as a guest curator and public art consultant.

Public Programs

Opening Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley

Wed, October 7, 2015, 5-9pm

Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley

Wed, November 4, 2015, 5-9pm

Panel Discussion:
“Remembering Jorge Soto Sánchez: Collaborators and Friends”

Thurs, Nov 5, 2015, 6:00pm

Closing Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley

Wed, December 2, 2015, 5-9pm

Online presentation by Diógenes Ballester from the Panel Discussion
"Remembering Jorge Soto Sanchez: Collaborators & Friends.
This exhibition was sponsored by the Hostos Community College Foundation, with public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Bronx Council on the Arts’ Longwood Art Gallery receives support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., NY City Council Members Fernando Cabrera, Andrew Cohen, Melissa Mark-Viverito, James Vacca and BCA members.
Freddy Rodriguez: My Geometries
On view in the Main Gallery and the Project Room June 3 - August 5, 2015

Longwood Arts Project, the visual arts program of the Bronx Council on the Arts, presents Freddy Rodríguez: My Geometries 1970-2002a solo exhibition featuring paintings, drawings and mixed media works between 1970 and 2002, created by the Dominican-born, New York-based artist. The show is curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado.


Freddy Rodríguez: My Geometries 1970-2002 is the first exhibition to chart the artist’s expansive and unique approach to geometric abstraction since his formative training during the apogee of MinimalismWhile Rodríguez’s early work drew inspiration from Piet Mondrian, Frank Stella and Mark Rothko—whose paintings he encountered at MoMA—his work soon came to reference historical, emotional and political subjects often deemed antithetical to pure formalism.


First comes the physical: the hard-edged abstraction of the 70s joins content in the form of human figures; sensual references to music, dancing and culture emerge. In the 80s, crisp geometric lines co-exist with fluid, loose brushstrokes. Sensuality again breaks through. The 90s see the historical and political take center stage: color and form combine with sugar, dirt, ground glass and peppercorns to evoke the European “Encounter” with the New World. Priestly vestments and slashed canvases reference the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church.  With the new millennium again comes the political:  references to NY Magazine’s “Best Doctors” question the supposed expertise of the art establishment. This is not your average geometry.


Lasting Legacies:

Ellsworth Ausby, Xenobia Bailey, Honey Kassoy, Olga Kitt

On view in The Main Gallery: February 4 - May 6 , 2015

LASTING LEGACIES highlighted the work of four dynamic elder artists from BCA’s Creating A Living Legacy (CALL) Program. This exhibition featured 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.

Photo of Honey Kassoy by Robert Fass.

Dubbed: Lady K Fever
On view in The Project Room: February 4 - May 6, 2015

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.

Public Events at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos:

  • Wed, Feb 4, 5-9pm: Opening Reception + 1st Wed Bronx Trolley + Dubbed/ in Fever Remix soundtrack with DJ Muma Doesa & DJ Rellik, Melbourne, Australia;
  • Wed, Mar 4, 5-9pm: Reception + 1st Wed Bronx Trolley + Dubbed/ in Conversation live drawing;
  • Wed, Apr 1, 5-9pm: Reception + 1st Wed Bronx Trolley.
  • Wed, May 6, 5-9pm: Closing Reception + 1st Wed Bronx Trolley + Dubbed/ inTransport reflective graffiti installation.
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.

From Wick to Mott Haven:

The Magic Realism of Ian Charles Scott

On view in The Main Gallery: September 15 - December 9, 2014
Curated by Sarah Sandman


Ian Charles Scott, Damian and Joe, oil on canvas, 60"x48", 2001

Loaned by Scott R. Coleman

Curated by Sarah Sandman, From Wick To Mott Haven is Scott’s first solo exhibition in the Bronx. It features 26 paintings of which magical elements are a natural part of an otherwise mundane environment, bringing to life an extended cast of characters that stretch from Ian Charles Scott’s hometown of Wick in remote Northern Scotland to his Hostos Community College studio. 

Scott explains that some of the people that appear in his paintings are from the Bronx and Scotland, among other places. “They are all people who fascinate me and help me to understand life as I try to understand them…I use paint as a way of understanding and coming to terms with the world around me and inside me,” states the artist.


Five Former Students of Ian Charles Scott

 On view in The Project Room: September 15 - December 9, 2014

5/150 is a collective exhibition showcasing the artwork of five of Scott’s former students Lee Jacob Hilado, Vanessa Isabella, Ptah Miller Osaretin Ugiagbe, and Dennesa Usher — all of whom are now all professional artists. 

“The students whose work I have selected to accompany my paintings are all true artists. Each has a unique mature vision and each has learned over the years how to incorporate being an artist into their practical lives,” says Scott. “They are shining examples of the best from Hostos Community College Alumni.” 

This exhibition is made possible with funding from Hostos Community College Foundation with public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Bronx Tourism Council, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Delegation of the City Council.


The Time Has Come

BCA BRIO Biennial

On view in The Main Gallery: June 4 - August 6, 2014

The Time has Come is BRIO’s fourth artist biennial. Curated by Longwood Director Juanita Lanzo, this exhibition features works by Bronx artists who are 2012 and 2013 BCA BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) winners in the disciplines of visual and media arts.

Artists include: Manuel Acevedo, Jeanine Alfieri, Michael Paul Britto, Mark Cabaroy, Firan Chisolm, Onyedika Chuke, Dennis Delgado, Donna Diamond, Sharyn Finnegan, Sean Paul Gallegos, Swati Khurana, Ruth Marshall, Adel L. Morales, Laura Napier, Elle Pérez, Amy Pryor, Stephanie Rodríguez, Hrvoje Slovenc, Jennifer Tomaiolo, Randal Wilcox.


Since 1989 BRIO has provided direct support to individual Bronx artists who create literary, media, visual, and performing works of art.


On view in The Project Room: June 4-August 6, 2014

Bronx artist Alicia Grullón will host a series of roundtables, events and community intergenerational conversations in her upcoming project PERCENT FOR GREEN. Ms. Grullón’s project PERCENT FOR GREEN is a social practice piece that looks at green issues and uses praxis intervention ideas to connect climate change to urban poverty, sustainability and diversity. The project’s long term goal is to create a Percent for Green legislation with residents from the Bronx that protects the environmental rights of people in underserved areas. PERCENT FOR GREEN is a part of InClimate, an upcoming exhibition created and curated by Regina Cornwell and being presented under the auspices of Franklin Furnace Archives and its founder-director Martha Wilson.


In conjunction with this exhibition, Alicia Grullón will host a series of roundtables, events and community intergenerational conversations throughout the length of the exhibition.


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Schedule for Percent for Green Public Programs at Longwood




June 9, 16, 23 & 30: 12:00-3:00pm

July 7, 14, 21, 28: 12:00-5:00pm
August 4: 12:00-5:00pm


The artists will be present to share, refer and post helpful resources toward improving the quality of life conditions in the borough.

TALK TUESDAYS Roundtables & Screenings.

Future Tuesdays will be announced on


June 10 | 6-8pm: Summit Night! Join community and neighborhood associations as they discuss their environmental needs and brainstorm ideas for legislation.

June 17 | 6-8pm: Meet Regina Cornwell, inClimate Curator, will present: "Global Warming: Why Are the Pipers Piping While the City Burns?" followed by a lively interchange with the audience. At the Al Gore initiated Climate Reality Project she participated in training to give talks, write and create events to help build an aware citizenry willing to take significant actions to reduce carbon emissions and create other major changes while there is still time.

June 24 | 6-8pm: Video screening, with two half-hour interviews. One features Chilean Economist Manfred Max-Neef on Barefoot Economics, Poverty and Why The U.S. is Becoming an “Underdeveloping Nation." The second is one of the final interviews which Hermann Scheer gave before his death (1944-2010). The German lawmaker was a leading advocate for solar energy and “‘Hero for the Green Century’” Discussion will follow.

July 8 | 6-8pm: Roundtable on Issues of Environmental Justice: South Bronx Unite.This roundtable lead by Mychal Johnson connects to the project's focus on the history of the Environmental Justice Movement in the US in low- income areas and communities of color and links green urban issues to health, food and the economy. 
Mychal Johnson is a Bronx resident and activist with South Bronx Unite. His recent focus has been the relocation of Fresh Direct to the South Bronx and the adverse affects it would have on the air quality in the area which has the highest asthma rates in the City.
Join us and be part of this dialogue Admission is free to the public

July 15 | 2-4pm:Composting Workshop by Stephanie Orenge

Ms. Orenge has been composting all her kitchen scraps for years, in both indoor and outdoor bins. She loves sharing the ins and outs of composting in the Bronx. In this workshop, she will show how anyone can set up a vermiculture (composting with worms) bin to keep organic waste out the garbage and turn it into material that enriches the soil for houseplants and gardens. Stephanie is a Bronx native and received a Master Composter Certificate from the NYC Compost Project in the Bronx, hosted by The New York Botanical Garden

Admission is free! 


July 10 | 3-5pm:On the Ground: Women, Inner Dialogues, Healing & Communal Transformation


Roundtable Facilitators: Tanya Fields & Rosalba Lopez Ramirez

Join us for a roundtable conversation about the role of women in social and food justice, education and better health through community gardens and green spaces lead by women dealing with issues of the environment, families and communities. 



Selected submissions by Bronx residents will be hosted on Thursdays! Ideas for programing must be e-mailed to the artist at


An idea application does not guarantee that you will be selected.
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This exhibition is made possible with funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, Greater New York Arts Development Fund Regrants, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Bronx Tourism Council, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Delegation of the City Council.

In the Main Gallery and the Project Room: February 5 - May 7, 2014

GAY examines the cultural shift that has taken place in identity within the last decade by looking at the production of gay male artists of color from 2003-2013. Through painting, drawing, sculpture, video, performance and text, the artists in the exhibition interrogate, de-construct, embrace and celebrate the gay label. This show contains adult content.

Artists include: David Antonio Cruz, Jose Joaquin Figueroa, Cacy Forgenie, Lawrence Graham-Brown, Imani Henry, Steve Locke, Rafael Melendez, Lucas Michael, Troy Michie, Netza Moreno, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, Carlo Quispe, Carlos Sandoval De Leon, Jacolby Satterwhite, Hector Silva, Rob Vassilarakis, Charlie Vázquez, Antonio Vicenty and Dorian Wood.

About the Curator: Ivan Monforte was born in 1973 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. He is the recipient of a UCLA Arts Council Award, a fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, a Lambent Fellowship in the Arts from the Tides Foundation and an Art Matters Foundation grant for research in Samoa. He curated the exhibition I Never Meant to Hurt You at Buzzer Thirty in 2006. Monforte currently resides and works in Harlem where he maintains a studio practice and provides HIV prevention education to gay, bisexual and transgender homeless and runaway adolescents


BCA | Longwood Events/Public Programs:

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 5:00-9:00pm
    Opening Reception & Bronx Culture Trolley
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 6:30-9:30pm
    Art 21 Screening: Jacolby Satterwhite & more, Longwood Art Gallery
  • Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5:00-9:00pm
    Bronx Culture Trolley
  • Saturday, March 8, 2014, 4:00-9:00pm
    Gay Today, a panel discussion & performances, Longwood Art Gallery
  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5:00-9:00pm
    Bronx Culture Trolley
  • Saturday, April 26, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm
    Performances @ Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, Westchester Square
  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 5:00-9:00pm
    Closing Reception & Bronx Culture Trolley
  • Saturday, May 17, 2014, 5:00-9:00pm
    Panel Discussion/Kiki Ball, Longwood Art Gallery


El Diario/La Prensa 100th Anniversary Celebration

In The Headlines: Latino New Yorkers 1980-2001

In the Main Gallery: October 2 - December 20, 2013
Photo: Courtesy of EDLP Archive
This exhibition of over 40 photographs, news articles, and historic front pages from El Diario/ La Prensa, the longest-publishing Spanish language daily newspaper in the United States, chronicles the growth and transformation of the Hispanic Community in The Bronx from the early revitalization of the borough in the 1980s, through September 11, 2001. Exhibition Partners: El Diario/La Prensa, Columbia University, the King Juan Carlos I Center at New York University, El Museo del Barrio, Hostos Community College and The Bronx Council on the Arts.

ESTHER PAGAN: My Colors of Cancer
In the Project Room: October 2 - December 20, 2013
Esther Pagan, My Colors of Cancer Survival Bra, 2013. Leather, acrylic paint.
Esther Pagan: My Colors of Cancer is a multimedia installation of photographs, hand crafted hats, sculptural elements, and poetry. The show is activated online via her interactive web blog Esther was forever changed by breast cancer. This exhibition invites us to share as it celebrates her life, artistry, recovery and ultimate beauty created from personal struggle.


BCA @ Governor’s Island!

Featuring works by BCA BRIO winners
Marisol Diaz
and Skowmon Hastanan.

Where: Yellow Home #4B, Nolan Park.

When: September 7-29; 4 weekends only:

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Enfoco: New Works #16
Main Gallery: June 5 - August 30, 2013

Mercedes Dorame

Smoke to Water, 2013, from In the Beginning: Imagined  Origin Stories series, Archival pigment print, 20 x 20”, Edition 1 of 5.

Yijun (Pixy) Liao

Play Station, 201,  from the Experimental
Relationships series,
Digital C-Print,
11 x 14”, Edition 1 of 5


En Foco, Bronx Council on the Arts and Longwood Arts Project are excited to present New Works #16, an exhibition of En Foco's 2012-2013 New Works Photography Fellowship Awardees featuring Mercedes Dorame, Yujin Liao, Daniel Ballesteros, Jared Soares and Rodrigo Valenzuela, who were selected by guest juror Natasha Egan, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

Each artist's work is unique in form; Liao explores the roles of sex and power in a heterosexual relationship while Dorame dissects ceremonial spaces and cultural memory of what was once her ancestor's land. Ballesteros work is about the search for identity without the aid of histories and the need for self-invention where assimilation has effectively erased cultural influences. Soares work documents hip hop in small towns in Virginia and North Carolina while Valenzuela digitally builds each photograph, generating the illusion of seamless landscapes that evoke a sense of loneliness.

Thursday, July 11, 2013  |  6:00-8:00pm
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
Previous News Works awardees Ana De Orbegoso and Alejandro Duran.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013  |  6:30-7:30pm
Museo Del Barrio
News Works awardees Yijun (Pixy) Liao and Daniel Ballesteros

In The Realm of Dreams & Fears
Main Gallery: February 6 - May 1, 2013
Vertebrae33, Arise, 2012, Digital Illustration
This group exhibition is organized by artist and guest curator Antonio Vicenty, inspired by his interest in horror/fantasy films. It presents recent phantasmagorical works in drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and video by visiting artists from Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, and the United States. Participating artists include Pierre Ayotte, Patricia Ayres, Michael Paul Britto, Fernando Carpaneda, Kari Christensen, Shawn Conn, Steve Durham, Elisabeth Faraone, Julio Garay, Alba García, Mike Hrubovcak, Jayson Keeling, Steve Lewis, Claire Martial, Ivan Monforte, Owen Mulligan, Lucrecia Novoa, Peter Pier, Matt Pinyan, Radical Sem Dó, Johnny Ramos, Vertebrae33, and John Zhao. This exhibition marks Vicenty’s first time in a curatorial role.
Project Room: February 6 - May 1, 2013
Antonio Vicenty, Plastic Masked Kids, 2011, Digital Photograph
Curated by Longwood Arts Project, this exhibition is Vicenty’s first solo exhibition of his recent experimental film and photography. Inspired by his early childhood in Puerto Rico where he visited funeral homes and walked cemeteries with his family to bury their loved ones, he uses the props, images, visual effects and photography from his infatuation with horror films resulting in experimental photography and films that are eerie, mysterious and scary, with elements of horror, fantasy, everyday fears and the inevitable fact of death through artificial, surreal and dreamlike means.
Antonio Vicenty is a Bronx filmmaker and photographer whose major influences were Italian and US horror films from the 1970s and 1980s. Films by such genre notables as Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, Lucio Fulci, David Lynch, and George A. Romero inspired Vicenty’s work that use images of graveyards, children in Halloween masks, and old dolls to explore personal narratives, sexuality, and gender identity. He was the recipient of BCA’s prestigious BRIO award in 2006. His documentary and narrative films have been included in festivals and exhibitions throughout the United States and London. Vicenty currently lives and works in the Bronx.


Chronicles of a Country and a World in Crisis

Main Gallery: September 24 - December 8, 2012

Works on paper and sculpture by José Buscaglia

This solo exhibition highlights new work by Puerto Rican artist, educator and social scientist José Buscaglia, consisting of paintings, sculptures and texts commenting on the legacy of colonialism and the history of oppression in the Caribbean, the Americas and Africa in the midst of a global crisis and change.

Project Room:
Plaza de la Identidad: Public Art Under House Arrest

An installation of Buscaglia’s 2003 public work commissioned by the Puerto Rican legislature. Until recently, the work was kept in storage because it was deemed too nationalistic for public display.

Co-Curated by Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture and Longwood Gallery curatorial team in celebration of The 45th Anniversary of Hostos Community College and The 50th Anniversary of The Bronx Council on the Arts.


A Conversation with Artist José Buscaglia

December 5th, 2012 from 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Part of BCA's 50th Birthday Celebration!

A conversation with artist José Buscaglia with Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones from Princeton University and Carlos Torre from Yale University, presented by Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, the Bronx Council on the Arts and Longwood Arts Project. As part of the Buscaglia’s exhibition Puerto Rico in Its Labyrinth, Chronicles of a Country and a World in Crisis, this conversation will take place in the aftermath of the general elections in the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as the plebiscite on the status of Puerto Rico. It will address many of the issues raised by José Buscaglia – the artist, the educator and the activist – in this major exhibition and installation.


There was a great turnout at Longwood Art Gallery for the opening reception of famed artist Jose Buscaglia's "PUERTO RICO IN ITS LABYRINTH: Chronicles of a Country and a World in Crisis." Mr. Buscaglia himself was present to discuss his stunning new exhibit, while his son, guitarist Gian Carlo Buscaglia, sang and strummed his delightful tunes throughout the night. Altogether, three generations of Buscaglias were in attendance, as visitors gathered to admire the work and mingle with each other.


A special thanks to Olga Luz Tirado (Executive Director of the Bronx Tourism Council), to Felix V. Matos Rodriguez (President of Hostos Community College), and to everyone else who showed up to support this exciting night of arts in the Bronx. Please see below for slideshow and highlights!



Limited Edition Jose Buscaglia Prints
Available at Longwood art Gallery!

Small 8.5" x 11"

Julia De Burgos,
Luis Palés Matos,
El Antillano,

La Metamorfosis de un



S.B. 1070,


Hostos en las Alturas de América,
$3.00 each

For multiples– LARGE 8.5”x11”posters:
1 @ $3.00 each
2 @ $5.00
3 @ $8.00
4 @ $10.00

5 @ $12.00

6 @ $15.00


Large 12" x 18"

Julia De Burgos,
Luis Palés Matos,
El Antillano,

Hostos en las Alturas

de América,

$5.00 each For multiples– LARGE 12”x18”posters:
1 @ $5.00 each
2 @ $8.00
3 @ $12.00
4 @ $15.00

For those interested in the writings associated with QR Codes in the gallery, the links are listed with their corresponding artwork below.



This exhibition is made possible with funding from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Scherman Foundation, NYC Council Members Borough President Rubin Diaz Jr. and The Bronx Delegation.





July 10 to August 16, 2012

Season Calendar

The Bronx Council on the Arts celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a limber summer season full of free, fun, interactive, and new projects and partnerships for public engagement. Focusing on BCA’s own unique brand of programming, professional development, and opportunities, It’s ELASTIC! showcases Bronx artists and ideas at BCA’s future home at 2700 East Tremont Avenue, Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, Bronx Terminal Market, Poe Park Visitors Center, and other vibrant sites throughout the Bronx--going beyond the white cube and black box to feature creative resilience.

*Making a riff of the chorus in Marcia Griffiths’ ever-popular party jam “Electric Boogie” presents the communal “electric slide” with fresh, flexible energy:

You can see it. You gotta feel it.



Program created with strategic cultural partners to highlight new performance art.

Providing a superabundance of programs including film and video screenings, a new temporary exhibition, a designers’ bazaar, and workshops on writing and drawing that feature artists from BCA’s own Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO), Art Handling Training Program, and Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC).

Helpful tips on how to apply for BCA grants for local artists and local arts organizations, including the Community Arts Grant.



Community Arts Grant How To Apply Session
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | 3:00pm
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse, C-190
Bronx, NY 10451
718-931-9500 ext. 19 | Gallery 718-518-6728

Community Arts Grant How To Apply Session

Thursday, July 12, 2012 | 6:00 PM        
Hostos Community College, Room C-391
450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
718-931-9500 ext. 19 | Gallery: 718-518-6728

Pepatián and Noemi Segarra PISO (Floor)

Monday, July 16  through July 24, 2012

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos and nearby 149th Street and Grand Concourse area. As a short-term residency, Segarra will use Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos for open rehearsals for a work utilizing a 3’ x 8’ wooden platform that will be taken outdoors for improvised performances. Please visit

Pepatián is a South Bronx-based organization dedicated to creating, producing and supporting contemporary multi-disciplinary art by Latino and Bronx-based artists.

Community Arts Grant How To Apply Session
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 | 6:00 PM
Bronx Council on the Arts @ Westchester Square
2700 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10458. RSVP Limited Seating.
718-931-9500 ext. 19  

Exit Project: 2012 Art Handler Training Program
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
BCA @ 2700 East Tremont Avenue
At St. Raymond’s Avenue
Bronx, New York

This group exhibition includes works by and/or installed by the graduates of the 2012 Art Handler Training Program (AHTP). The show displays their skill in all aspects of gallery preparation: curating, registrar responsibilities, intake, exhibition layout and design, installation, and signage.

2012 AHTP Graduates:
Rachel Alba | Xavier Figueroa | Darlin Frometa | Vanessa Gonzalez | Valarie Irizarry | Jody Lee | James Mills | Froilan Kali Ramirez | Joseph Ramos | Louis Riso | Hidemi Takagi | Alex Taveras

Brother Islands Screening
Thursday, July 26 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse, C-190
Bronx, NY 10451

Screening of BRIO media artist Benton Bainbridge’s Brother Islands (2012, video, color, silent, 33:19 minutes) which combines physical theater, audio, video and stereoscopic photography to paint a haunting picture of these ill-fated places.

Rendering Still Life with Juanita Lanzó

Thursday, August 2, 2012 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse, C-190
Bronx, NY 10451

This workshop, led by Longwood Arts Project's Director and Curator, asks participants to render a series of compositions utilizing traditional and experimental ways of creating a drawing of a still-life.

 Made in the Bronx: The Designers' Bazaar Edition
Opening: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 | 5:00 - 9:00pm

Additional times and dates
August 2, 6, 7, 8, 2012 | 10:00am - 6:00pm

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

Bronx designers will be making and displaying original and one-of-a-kind clothing, home and personal accessories, jewelry, and paper goods. Participating artists include Daniel Del Valle, Sean Paul Gallegos, Valarie Irizarry, Fran Marino, Patricia Nelson, Star Nigro, Diana Pucci, Gail Sharbaan, and Elizabeth Ortiz.

Also The Designers' Bazaar Edition will be a part of Bronx Culture Trolley,
August 1st from 5:00 to 9:00pm.

Bronx Culture Trolley:

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 | 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse, C-190
Bronx, NY 10451


Community Arts Grant How To Apply Session

Thursday, August 2, 2012 | 5:30 PM
City Island Nautical Museum
190 Fordham Street
Bronx, New York, 10464. RSVP
718-931-9500 ext. 19 | 718-885-0008

Bending the Laws of Motion: The Bronx as MODEL

Monday, August 6, 2012 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse, C-190
Bronx, NY 10451

In anticipation of the 100+ artists participating in this year’s Art in Odd Places 2012: MODEL festival in October in Manhattan, BCA partners with AiOP to highlight two days of rehearsal performances and experimental projects in the Bronx with a select group of artists based in the Borough.

  AiOP’s mission is to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas. Please visit:

The Status Hoe Collective
Skin Stepper / Pisa Piel 2.0
This new take on the old American game “Twister” will spin you into racial consciousness.

Matthew Burcaw
Sugar Box
These sculptural building blocks are made from caramelized sugar cast from shipping pallet molds and will respond to environmental conditions, stressing their fleeting nature.

Swati Khurana
Scrolling Texts, Texting Scrolls
BRIO artist Khurana will will transcribe passers by text messages from their mobile phones onto a scroll with translucent vellum, ink pens and red thread, exploring the emotional and intangible significance of technology in our everyday lives.

Tuesday, August  7, 2012 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Poe Park Visitors Center
2640 Grand Concourse above East 192nd Street

Sean Paul Gallegos
Last Year’s Model
BRIO artist Gallegos’ performance uses models of the sacrosanct, as both spiritual and consumer and visual and audio, to conduct a rite of passage in this era of high consumption.

Lady K-Fever & Mary Valverde

Couturemonials: New Model for Testimony in High-Fashion Runway
This collaborative team will stage a high-fashion runway show and a series of call-and-response performances informed by testimonials that bring attention to the contradictions and history of violence towards the body.   

Rooftop Films Inocente premiere
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Doors open: 7:30 PM; Film begins: 8:30
on the roof
610 Exterior Street, Bronx, NY 10451

Bringing underground movies outdoors, Rooftop Films presents the exclusive Bronx premiere of the documentary Inocente, an intensely personal coming of age story about a young artist’s fierce determination to succeed in spite of hardship. Stick around to meet the filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix and get an insider’s look at this inspiring film. *Please Note: recommended for adults and teenagers over the age of 13.

For more information, please visit In the event of cancellation due to rain, no rain date has been scheduled.

SPARC Video Screening
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse, C-190
Bronx, NY 10451

SPARC artist Sharbaan presents her video on the workshops on painting jewelry and masks that she conducted with participants at the Sister Annunciata Bethel Senior Center.

SPARC is a collaboration among the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department for the Aging and the City's five local arts councils situated in each borough – Brooklyn Arts Council, Bronx Council on the Arts, Council on the Arts and Humanities of Staten Island, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Queens Council on the Arts. It was developed as part of Age-Friendly NYC, a citywide effort to make the City more livable for seniors, and previously ran as a successful pilot called Space for Art. The program is supported, in part, by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

How to Draw the Bronx Heroes Way with Ray Felix and Vanessa González
Thursday, August 9, 2012 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse, C-190
Bronx, NY 10451

BRIO artist Ray Felix and 2012 BCA Art Handler Training Program Graduate Vanessa González take turns being the live model and assisting the participants in playful life drawing exercises.

Repentance Film Screening
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse, C-190
Bronx, NY 10451

A presentation of BRIO screenwriter Toro’s short film “Repentance” (Hollyhood Productions, Inc., 2008, video, color, sound, 13 minutes) and a public discussion with the director. This film is about a mysterious wanderer who seeks the confession of an old priest, whose ultimate secret turns out to be his greatest sin.

Community Arts Grant How To Apply Session

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 | 2:00 PM
Poe Park Visitor Center

Hold: A Requiem for a Bride

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse, C-190
Bronx, NY 10451

Focusing on his most recent play “Hold: A Requiem for a Bride”, BRIO playwright Carlos J. Serrano will lead a discussion on the development of this work and the interpretation of domestic violence.

Community Arts Grant How To Apply Sessions

Tuesday, August 22, 2012 | 4:00 PM
Bronx Library Center
135 East Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10458  
RSVP 718-931-9500 ext. 19

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 | 6:00 PM
Bronx Council on the Arts
1738 Hone Avenue (corner of Morris Park Avenue)
Bronx, NY 10461
RSVP 718-931-9500 ext. 19  


Thursday, May 24, 2012 (7:00-9:00pm)

Main Gallery

Film Screening of Pam Sporn’s Cuban Roots 

(56 minutes) followed by a brief Q&A.

The film highlights the experience of a black Cuban American family, revealing that the Cuban-American experience is more diverse, racially and ideologically, than we are often led to believe. This documentary traces the tangled paths and multi-faceted identity of a black Cuban family in the Bronx. It explores the various experiences that each family member had in dealing with the realities of life as black Cuban-Americans in the Bronx. The experiences of this one family speak to the larger issues of race, social class, and nation that help to shape the identities of everyday people. 

Pam Sporn is an award-winning, documentary filmmaker whose work interweaves historical narratives and personal storytelling. She has an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College where she’s taught in the Department of Film and Media Studies. Currently teaching at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School, she and her students have developed “Fannie Lou TV,” an internal, on-line monthly news show. A two-time BCA BRIO award winner, Pam’s “Con El Toque De La Chaveta/With a Stroke of the Chaveta” (2007) traces the tradition of “el lector” reading to cigar makers while they work, and, of course, “Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories” (2000), which looks at immigration, racial identity, and US-Cuban relations through the lens of one black Cuban-American family.


Opening Reception: April 4, 2012 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Closing Reception: June 6, 2012 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Main Gallery

Home Is Where the Bronx Is

Credit: Hrvoje Slovenc, Untitled I (October Bliss), 2010, pigment ink print.


Home Is Where the Bronx Is presents recent work by 2010 and 2011 BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Awards in visual arts and media featuring the works of Justin Allen, Benton Bainbridge, Gerardo Ciprian, Vidal Centeno, Michael Cuomo, Donna Diamond, Darnell Edwards, Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Michael Ferris, Jr., Xavier Figueroa, Nadia Hallgren, Skowmon Hastanan, Lisa Lebofsky, Ebony Lewis, Ira Merritt, Josh Millis, Ronny Quevedo, Diana Rivera, Hrvoje Slovenc, Christy Speakman, and Pam Sporn. The title is inspired on the phrase “home is where the heart is” and in what the notion of home; the exhibition focuses on the notion of home, cultural and political assimilation, personal narratives and histories, the construction of identity, the environment, the natural and urban landscape, and subjective spaces. These notions of home are represented in drawings, mix media work, painting, photography, sculpture and video.

40.85 ºN x 73.86 ºW: Home is Where the Bronx Is is BCA's third artists biennial and is co-curated by Juanita Lanzo, Edwin Ramoran and Kimberly Rose.

Toys & Games with a Twist

December 7, 2011 - March 7, 2012

Main Gallery


Toys & Games with a Twist is a multi-media exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture, video, and board and video games that investigates and comments on issues of construction of gender roles and stereotypes, consumerism, hierarchies of power, globalization, migration, memory and loss, fantasy, the environment, love, war, violence, urban and popular culture.

Artists include: Jennifer Bakalar, daniel Baltzer, Amir Bey, Chris Bors, Peter A. Brinson & Kurosh ValaNejad, Nick Black, Mark Blackshear, Anton Cabaleiro, Melissa A. Calderon, Hector Canonge, Gigi Chen, William Corwin, Regina Farrell, Susan Finch, Orlando Franco, Terri Gold, Rory Golden, Andra Gunraj, Christopher Hart Chambers, Meredith Hedges, Jessica Kaire, Zoe Keramea, nancy koan, Reiko Kawahara, Sujin Lee, Zaun Lee, Cecilia Mandrile, Lawrence Mascia & Clay Ewing, Nao Matsumoto, Ashley McClennon, John Meza, Ira Merritt & Aaron Olshan, Niu Miao & Don Wei Lei, Ricardo Miranda-Zuñiga, Chalice Mitchell, Alfonso Muñoz, Shervone Neckles, Douglas Newton, Erika Pettersen, Dave Rittinger, Margaret Roleke, Peter Rywelski, Miriam Schaer, Jamel Shabazz, StatusHoe Collective, Fred Stesney, Tattfoo Tan, Monica Velez, Jose A. Vicenty,  Bree Westphal, and Mary Wharmby. This exhibition was curated by Longwood Gallery Director Juanita Lanzo and Vanessa Gonzalez.

Read more about some of our artists and play some of the games in our game room.

For Toys and Games with a Twist, Longwood is partnering with Curate NYC, a juried exhibition and online marketplace that exists to heighten exposure and opportunities for New York City visual artists. The project also helps promote New York City’s image as a vital cultural hub. Launched in 2010 by Full Spectrum Experience, Inc. and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Curate NYC provides a free online platform for curators, collectors, and art lovers everywhere to discover work by hundreds of local artists.


Last year, Curate NYC attracted 1,200 entries in three weeks. The project generated 600,000 website hits in three weeks, and positive news in The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The L Magazine, and on The Brian Lehrer Show. In 2011, one art gallery per borough will curate and exhibit their own shows of actual works by Curate NYC artists. After the call-for-entries, we will open the Curate NYC E-Marketplace, allowing artists to upload more than one entry and to sell the work from their website.

Stations of the Lost
Project Room

Stations of the Lost

A Mixed Media-Installation by Sean Paul Gallegos

Stations of the Lost explores the growing disconnect from traditional religious iconography and belief systems in modern culture.

Inspired by the biblical Stations of the Cross, Gallegos' fourteen stations become interactive meditations on our obsessions with material goods and commercial icons. He explores and unpacks how the traditional 'sacred' is being replaced with kitsch, toys and profit icons elevating them as objects of adoration and desire.

La Enrama

October 5 - November 12, 2011

Main Gallery and Project Room

Enrramada in the countryside outside of San Juan de la Maguana in the geographical center of the island of La Hispaniola.  Photo by Wallace I. Edgecombe.

La Enramá is a multi-media installation of photography, videos, musical instruments, crafts highlighting Afro-Dominican culture along the southern coast of the Dominican Republic.

The centerpiece is a recreation of an enrramada, a shelter without walls common in the Dominican countryside that, depending upon the season, serves as a storage shed for seed and farming implements or a venue for community meetings, domino matches, religious observances and, most importantly, for drumming and dancing. Humble in structure, the enrramada is of vast importance, socially and spiritually, to Domincan culture.

This exhibition is curated by Marino Corniel & Wallace Edgecombe in collaboration with folklorist Leonardo Iván Dominguez & musician Pedro Raposo.

June 1 - August 3, 2011

Main Gallery

Born Again: A Lebanese-Dominican Dominican York is Born Again as a Bronxite
Eight Artists Respond to Born Again

Born Again: A Lebanese-Dominican Dominican York is born again as a Bronxite focuses on Estevez’s time spent with groups and individuals in the Bronx and unearthing the perceptions and misperceptions that have shaped the identity of the borough since the 1960s.

In Eight Artists Respond to Born Again the show’s artists play off Estevez’s quest for these perceptions by bringing Bronxites’ perspectives and voices on the subject to the gallery.

Artists include: Michael Paul Britto, Kathleena Howie-García (Lady k-Fever), Nancy Hwang and wowe, Norene Leddy and Melissa Gira Grant, Ivan Monforte, and Linda Mary Montano.

This show was conceived by Nicolas Dumit Estevez for the Bronx Council on the Arts’ Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos and presented in collaboration with Bronx River Alliance, El Museo del Barrio, Banana Kelly High School, Lehman College Art Gallery, and two programs from Phipps Community Development Corporation: Drew Gardens and La Casa de Felicidad, among others. Born Again and related materials © 2007 Nicolas Dumit Estevez.

The April 6th Bronx River Baptism of Nicolas Dumit Estevez in the photoe above (courtesy of Nicolas Dumit Estevez) sets the scene for this exhibition.


June 1 - August 3, 2011

Project Room

En Castellano and in other Languages:
Video Artists From Andalucía and the Bronx

En Castellano and in other Languages: Video Artists From Andalucía and the Bronx is a curatorial project that presents three artists from Andalucía and three from the Bronx whose work engages in cultural memory, popular rituals and the day-to-day in the streets of two distant or not-so-distant locations, one in Europe and the other in the Americas.

Participating Artists: Nicky Enright, Amparo Garrido, Valeriano López, Laura Napier, Juan Carlos Robles and Christopher Smith. The show was co-curated by Juan Ramon Barbancho and Nicolas Dumit Estevez. Photo courtesy of Valeriano Lopez.

January 10 - May 4, 2011

Main Gallery


















Observed, Imagined and Recreated, curated by Juanita Lanzo, is an exhibition of works by 2009 Urban Artist Initiative Grant (UAI NYC) winners in visual arts and media. The show focuses on how the recreation and reconstruction of the politics of representation, gender, national identity, historical events, migration, post-colonial history and politics impact on the construction of the self.

Featured Artists: Golnar Adili, Melissa Calderon, Cecile Chong, David Antonio Cruz, Sonjie Feliciano-Solomon, Laura Gadson, Florencio Gelabert, Tamara Kostianovsky, Lisa Iglesias, Hong Seon Jang, Jason Lujan,

Kimberly Mayhorn, Algernon Miller, Annysa Ng, Shani Peters, Lina Puerta, and Heeseop Yoon. All of these artists were 2009 Urban Artist Initiative Grant (UAI NYC) awardees in visual arts and media.

January 10 - May 4, 2011
In the Project Room


EYE AM A MAN, curated by Ivan Velez Jr., includes painting, photography, drawing, sculpture and video. It explores gender constructions, religion, machismo, popular and street culture and how they shape our notions of queerness, and homosexuality.

This show contains Adult Content.


Featured Artists: Chad Boss, Jennifer Camper, Ricardo Osmondo Francis, Jr., David Goldenberg, Louis Kwong, La Buruquena, Steve Macisaac, Harry Medina, Aaron Mustamaa, Kei Otani, Carlo Quispe, Joseph Radoccia, Jean Segarra-Rosa, Soulivanh Thammavong, and Ivan Velez Jr.




Las Casitas

Oct 6- Dec 11, 2010

Main Gallery

Opening Reception

Wed, October 6, 2010


Photo: Martha Cooper

Las Casitas Revisited is a timely recreation of the legendary Casitas exhibition originally produced in 1990 - twenty years ago - by the Bronx Council on the Arts.

The original Casitas exhibition opened at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., traveled to Chicago and closed at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in 1991. Las Casitas Revisited highlights a unique urban phenomenon featuring an actual Casita recreated in the Longwood Gallery along with photography, found objects, video footage, musical instruments and art reflecting the history of the famous Casita de Chema formerly located on Brooke Avenue in the Bronx, which for over 30 years has served as a vital catalyst and incubator of Puerto Rican culture in the Diaspora.

Contributing Artists: Martha Cooper, Juan Fernando Morales, José “Chema” Sota, and Aurelio Rivera. Contributing Collectors: Henry Medina, Ivan Torres, and Richard Tanco. Join us in this important exploration of urban Puerto Rican culture and vernacular architecture.

This exhibition, co-sponsored by the Bronx Council on the Arts and the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, was made possible with funding from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, the Scherman Foundation, and Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo.

In the Project Room

Proyecto Recinto Creativo

Proyecto Recinto Creativo is an exhibition of photography by Hostos students and faculty that documents their 2010 summer abroad in Mayaguez, Puerto Rica.


March 3-August 4, 2010

Main Gallery the City: Memory, Places and Spaces is inspired by the city's unique urban flavor, socio-political, and economical issues as well as its inhabitants. Longwood had invited artists whose works comment on issues of displacement, migration, development, and urban planning. The show, curated by Juanita Lanzó, includes installation, mixed media, painting and video by Michael Paul Britto, Suzanne Broughel, Jerry Gant, Jayson Keeling, Juan Fernando Morales and Luis Stephenberg.

In the Project Room


Hatuey Ramos-Fermin

In this exhibition Mr. Ramos-Fermin presents a multimedia installation focusing on issues of migration, access and globalization. The exhibition, curated by Ricardo Miranda-Zuñiga, addresses the notion of traveling in the city, in particular the ethnic diversity of the drivers and the borough. This project maps the Bronx residents and its diversity.

Special Projects

Impractical Hats: Indie Crafts Reinvent Everyday Gear
A provocative exhibition by indie craft designers who utilize a wide variety of materials in the construction of hats and hat related objects. Curated by Lisa Curran.

Featured artists are members of the Bronx Council on the Arts
bronxArtworks collective.

The Bronx Council on the Arts is a proud event partner for the Seventh Annual Immigrant Heritage Week, a program of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.


December 2, 2009- February 6, 2010

Main Gallery



Anthem: an all-american dystopia
This exhibition, a 20th anniversary celebration of BCA's prestigious BRIO Award, explores an America within the crux of reforming a national identity; family, health, politics, urban crisis and decay, environmental issues, consumerism and globalization. All participating artists are 2008 and 2009 BRIO award winners. They include Gloria Adams, Cara Judea Alhadeff, Tenille Blair-Neff, Linda Cunningham, Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, Donna Diamond, Marisol Diaz, Juan Doe, Nicky Enright, Michael Ferris Jr., Rosemarie Fiore, Michelle Frick, Kuniyasu Hashimoto, Tracie Hervy, Kalissa Maxwell, Josh Millis, Vittorio Ottaviani, Micky Schon, Hrvoje Slovenc, and Jennifer Tomaiolo. This exhibition was curated by Melissa A. Calderón, a Bronx-based artist and arts activist for the revitalization of the South Bronx, founder of the Mott Haven loft series CONVERSIONS, and a co-founder of Haven Art Space and Coalition of Mott Haven Artists.

In the Project Room

Year Zero: Media-Makers Dialogues
Filmmakers pull back the curtain back on American life and reveal the reel deal about angst, love, technology, acculturation, and more through a borderless world view. BRIO-winning media artists reflect on their films and their visions of the world in a BxIndie commissioned film written and directed by Julio Toro, 2007 BRIO winner for screenwriting. The film features works of 2008-2009 BRIO winners Nicky Enright, Nadia Hallgren, Geoffrey Quan, Geovanny Salas. The filmmakers themselves comment on and interpret their award-winning pieces to share their unique vision of their world. This exhibition was curated by Leenda Bonilla and Lydia Clark.


September 28 - November 7, 2009

Main Gallery


Samaná: Images of the Dominican Republic
features photographs by Marino Corniel, Elaine Eversley and Ryan Mann-Hamilton of the Samaná peninsula which was settled in the 1820s by freed slaves from the United States. Portraits and landscapes of this unique region with a special emphasis on the descendants of the African-American settlers and the impact of development projects on the environment and the traditional cultures of the peninsula. This show is a presentation of Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture and was curated by Wallace I. Edgecombe.

June 3 - August 6, 2009

Main Gallery

Bangin' is a provocative and seductive show which includes the work of nine emerging women artists – stars on the rise – that allures the viewer to a deeper level of conversation and appreciation by going beyond the beauty and seduction of the surfaces and contents of drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture and video. The show includes works by Emma Amos and Heather Hart (tapping into the issues of race), works by Traci Tullius, Alison Ward, and Emily North, (exploring the corporeal), works by Wonder Koch and Tamara Kostianovsky (taking you into the realm of politics), and works by Clarissa Cummings and Swati Khurana (questioning the notions of culture and tradition). Curated by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz.

In the Project Room

Linger is an installation of video, sculpture and performance by Bronx artist Melissa Calderon. The artist includes this media to create a hauntingly, obsessive introspection of new work that challenges the notion of intimacy, landscape and creation. Calderon aims to address the issues of vulnerability, loss and the obsessive thought process of art-making. Curated by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz.

March 4 - May 6, 2009

Main Gallery

Dream Sequence explores in the form of sequential images the themes of identity, socialism, sexuality, and the unconscious state of dreaming, in the form of comic books, drawing, illustration, painting, photography, sculpture and video. Participating artists include Gary Camp, Momo Felix, Ray Felix, Ruth Fernandez, Dmitry Gubin, Marcus Jones, KAZ, Rene Iatba, Ivan Monforte, Ed Mouzon, Elena Petersen, David Quiles, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Timothy Ryan, Jean Rosa-Segarra, Luis Sierra, Hidemi Takagi, Chris Torres, Arlen Schumer, Bedel Tiscareno, Ed Traquino and Ivan Velez. Curator Ray Felix is a Bronx-based visual artist who he is mostly known for his controversial comics that tackle religious dogma, politics, human behavior and superheroes. Felix is responsible for such comics as “GOD: The Second Coming”, “No-1 Anthology”, “LSD and X-Tasy: The Villain Assassins”: A World Without Superheroes” and “Runaway Slave” which is part of the anthology comic “Bronx Heroes” by Creative One Comics. He is also a recipient of a 2002 BRIO (Bronx Recognizes its Own) Award in visual arts.

April 17 - May 9, 2009

In the Project Room

Outsiders: Contemporary Works of Immigrant Artisans
In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Week, work of local artists/artisans will be featured in the exhibition Outsiders: Contemporary Works of Immigrant Artisans. This show aims to inspire, celebrate, relate and promote the art of immigrant artists/artisans; connecting people of diverse cultures through the artist’s journey. Celebrating and embracing the individual, emerging from a shared experience, the artists offer their art as initiator of a productive dialogue about our cultural experiences and identity. An interactive Craft Lounge component invites the public to participate in the making of an ongoing installation. Curated by Lisa Curran.

March 4 - April 1, 2009

In the Project Room

F119 is Centeno’s first solo exhibition in New York City and is essentially the assembly of a hanging lamp in the form of a reconstructed engine. Vidal’s preoccupation with halting a specific fragment of time and harnessing the precise moment of explosion boarders on obsession and reflects a commonly shared morbid fascination with tragedy and destruction. Centeno is a visual artist living and working at his temporary space that is part artist studio and part crime scene laboratory near Ground Zero. Curated by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz.

A Pratt Institute graduate, Vidal assembles three-dimensional constructs with meticulous attention to detail using disparate materials such as text, vinyl tubing, plastic toys and florescent lighting. He is also currently in the group show, Preemptive Resistances: Reversed Strategies at the Westport Arts Center in Connecticut. In 2008 he participated in the group show How Soon Is Now at The Bronx Museum as part of AIM 28. Vidal has also exhibited at El Museo Del Barrio's 5th Biennial, The (S) Files 2007, NY, and at Longwood Art Gallery’s 2005 exhibit Post Plátano / Ante Formalism.

December 3, 2008 - February 7, 2009

Main Gallery

Curated by Ezo Wippler, Graffiti: Spirit of an Age @ 40 x 10 highlights works of 10 artists that began their careers in their teens making Graffiti artists and as time had progressed, have expanded their visual vernacular to include other forms of expression such as drawing, graphic design, painting and sculpture. The result is a starling show that combines elements of graffiti, line color and the influence of urban trends and culture. Participating artists include CES, CEY, DR. REVOLT, EZO, KET, KLASS, MARE 139, REVS, SHARP and SP. The sculptures by REVS and MARE 139 incorporate immediate reference to spontaneity of the line used in graffiti writing, its curves and crevices. CES and SHARP create wild style or intricate, expressive designs with letters that look like abstractions. In CES’s paintings his name appears always at the center of the canvas, while SHARP’s style is baroque, expressive and dissolving into abstracted forms of letters forming spirals, circles and organic forms. CEY’s pieces rely on the use of typography and the layering, by overlapping text; DR. REVOLT, EZO, KET and KLASS’, and paintings are inspired in the iconography of urban life, popular culture and market brands; their works comment on urban and street life and street violence, with tones that range from humor, to sarcasm or by tapping into the subjective view of the urban condition and the urban landscape.

September 22 - November 8, 2008

Main Gallery

Aires de Loiza, Culture & Nature:
A Retrospective of the Work of Samuel Lind
with Masks by Raul Ayala
, co-organized by the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, focuses on the town of Loiza, Puerto Rico, and its music, folklore and traditions, through painting, traditional crafts and bomba music. Loiza, (known also as Loiza Aldea) was founded in 1692 and is populated by the largest community of African descendents on the island of Puerto Rico. In its beginnings a town of runaway and freed slaves that settled in the north costal section, it is known by its Santiago (St. James) Apostle 10 day celebrations at the end of July with Vejigante masks and its bomba music. Featured artists for the Aires Loizeños Exhibition are prominent Puerto Rican painter Samuel Lind and craftsman Raul Ayala, both native of Loiza.

Mr. Lind has produced a great number of works celebrating dance, carnival and other aspects of Puerto Rican experience. Lind emphasizes the African dimensions of jibaro life. He also paints the mangroves and coconut palm forests, so much a part of coastal Puerto Rico. Mr. Ayala, vegigante masks maker, has been making these pieces for more than 40 years, following in the footsteps of his late father.

Main Gallery

June 4 - August 7, 2008

Curated by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz,
OTHER, OTHER... features works by 18 artists of African, Asian, Latino, and Native American ancestry working in drawing, installation, mixed media, painting, performance art, photography, sculpture and video, and represent a sampling of 2007 and 2008 Urban Artist Initiative Grant (UAI/NYC) recipients visual arts and media. Participating artists include established and emerging artists like Konrad Aderer, Karina Aguilera-Skvirsky, Keith Anderson, Tomie Arai, Cat Chow, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Edwin Gonzalez-Ojeda, Skowmon Hastanan, Wennie Huang, Janelle Iglesias, Duron Jackson, Teru Kuwayama, Jessica Lagunas, Alfonso Muñoz, Juan Sanchez, Dread Scott, Shen Wei, and Injoo Whang.

February 27 - May 10, 2008

Main Gallery


Congos, Guloyas y Altares: Afro Dominican Images

Presented by the Longwood Arts Project and Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, this exhibition will consist of video footage, paintings, drawings, costumes and photographs, as well as the installation of an Afro-Dominican religious altar. Prominently featured in the exhibition will be paintings and drawings by Nadal Walcot, the dean of cocolo artists. Congos, Guloyas y Altares: Afro Dominican Images is part of a wider celebration of Dominican History Week. It is also linked to performances in the Hostos theaters on March 13, 14 and 15 by masters of Afro-Dominican traditions and a seminar on the effects of development and globalization on traditional cultures.

April 14 - May 10, 2008

Project Room

Cultural Connections
An Exhibition of Works by Members of BCA's Artisans Initiative

The Bronx Council on the Arts celebrates Immigrant Heritage Week with the exhibit Cultural Connections
at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos. A showcase of craft based art and objects that express our cultural connections as immigrant artists/artisans. The featured artists are members of the Artisans Initiative and the local Bronx artisan community. Join us in the celebration! Discover talented local makers of traditional ethnic art and contemporary craft forms.

December 5, 2007 - February 7, 2008

Main Gallery

Material Culture showcases unique art objects by contemporary artisans, outsider and fine art artists using craft media. Craft is personal, political and powerful, bringing to the table a different perspective, self empowered and emotive. This exhibition questions mindless consumerism turning to the artisan/artist to provide context as we delve into the human desire for material things. Included are the exquisite bronze works of master sculptor, Taal Mayon; bold ceramic percussion instruments – the creations of ceramist Rei Yao; and acclaimed textile artist Xenobia Bailey who will present her canvas sails titled Tall Ship Sails of Mystical Mothership, Material Culture, sponsored by the Bronx Council on the Arts, was co-curated by Lisa Curran and Juanita Lanzo.

September 17 - November 10, 2007

Main Gallery

Painted Skateboards entitled “Apache Ramos” and “La India” by Douglas Miles, 2007


With a special digital media presentation of Joe Conzo Jr.’s. (Boricua) photography as a historical introduction, The Fort Apache Connection includes work by contemporary Apache artists including drawings by renown sculptor Bob Haozous (Ft. Sill - Chiricahua Apache), photography by Carm Little Turtle (Apache/Tarahumara), mixed-media photography by Pena Bonita (Apache/Seminole), wallpaper and media installation by emerging socio-political mixed-media artist Jason Lujan (Chiricahua Apache) and Douglas Miles (San Carlos Apache/Akimel O’odham) with his Hip Hop inspired drawings and painted skateboards. This show was curated by Nadema Agard (Cherokee/Lakota/Powhatan) and is co-sponsored by the Bronx Council on the Arts and the Hostos Center for Arts & Culture.


June 6 - August 25, 2007

Main Gallery



BX1: The Second Bronx Artist Biennial was a visual and media arts exhibition featuring work by eighteen 2007 & 2006 BRIO winners: Blanka Amezkua, Melisa Firelei Báez, Timothy Blum, Toby Buonagurio, Reina Mia Brill, Peter Cabot, Marisol Díaz, Juan Doe, Ruth Marshall, Josh Millis, Joel Neff, Danny Ramón Peralta, Wanda Raimundi-Ortíz, Silvia Romero, Pam Sporn, Ron Terner, José Antonio Vicenty, and Lois Weingarten. This show was curated by previous Longwood Art Gallery Director Edwin Ramoran.

April 4 - May 19, 2007

Main Gallery

Sponsored by the Bronx Council on the Arts, New Works #10 celebrated the 10th Anniversary of En Foco’s New Works Photography Awards. Artists included Meg Escudé, Diya Murthy, Stephen Marc, Sonya Lawyer, Emilio Banuelos, LaToya Frazier, William Willson. Also included were artists who have participated over the past ten years including Ana de Orbegoso, Terry Boddie, Annu Matthew, and Larry McNeil. Juror: Alison Nordström, Curators: Miriam Romais, En Foco, Inc., and George Eastman House, Rochester, NY.

April 16 - May 5, 2007

Main Gallery


Originally created by BCA’s Artisans Initiative for Immigrant History Week, Many Hands, Many Places is an exhibit of crafts and art celebrating the work of 25 immigrant artisans who are living and creating in the Bronx. The featured artisans were all members of BCA’s Artisans Initiative. more...

December 6, 2006 - March 10, 2007

Main Gallery


South Bronx Contemporary

This major exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Longwood Arts Project, featured four distinct curatorial projects by Longwood’s past directors and current director Edwin Ramoran.

Fred Wilson's Black Now presented the artist’s observations about the contemporary meaning of the word "black";

Betti-Sue Hertz's Street Disturbance included work in the public sphere with a penchant for humor and agitprop to address political issues;

Eddie Torres' Iconoclasmic featured works that employ visual forms found in mass culture;

Edwin Ramoran's Everyday Is Like Sunday broke down the professional/non-professional binary with works by intergenerational Bronx artists.

To mark this anniversary, a limited edition print by Fred Wilson was produced. A catalogue and DVD accompanied the exhibition. Public programs were scheduled through the run of the exhibition.

October 4 - November 10, 2006

Main Gallery


Ritmos Sureños / Bomba, Plena y Ponce is an exhibition of over seventy photographs by Felipe García, which together constitute a loving portrait of his hometown, Ponce, Puerto Rico. It depicts the city’s landmarks, festivals, people, performers and especially the practitioners of the bomba and plena traditions as they are manifested in and around Ponce. It includes a series of video-taped interviews of seven of the great living masters of the bomba and plena traditions.The exhibition was part of BomPlenazo 2006, a biennial of Afro-Puerto Rican culture produced by the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture. This show was a presentation of Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture and curated by Wallace I. Edgecombe.

Grimanesa Amoros
Between Heaven and Earth and Rootless Algas

March 29 to June 17, 2006
Reception and Bronx Culture Trolley: Wednesday, April 5, 2006, 5 to 8 p.m.
Main Gallery and Project Room
Artists: Grimanesa Amoros with Susana Baca and Hilmar Orn Hilmarson
Curators: Wallace I. Edgecombe and Edwin Ramoran

New multimedia installations with sculpture and video produced in collaboration with Peruvian vocalist Baca and Icelandic composer Hilmarson.

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Main Theater
450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street
Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 7:30 p.m.

Do You Think I'm Disco
January 7 to March 18, 2006
Main Gallery and Project Room
Curator: Edwin Ramoran
A major group exhibition on dance music culture and contemporary art.
Artists: Matias Aguilar, Negar Ahkami, Elia Alba, Arthur Aviles Typical Theater, Larissa Bates, Ramdasha Bikceem, Brent Birnbaum, Philip Brophy, Don Bury, Karlos Carcamo, Curtis B. Carman, Mel Cheren, Phil Collins, Joe De Hoyos, Discoteca Flaming Star, Alex Donis, Carl Eckhoff, Ray Felix, Patrick "Pato" Hebert, Derek Jackson, Luis Jacob, James Jaxxa, Jayson Keeling, Swati Khurana, Kalup Linzy, Barbara Malaran, Christian Marclay, Hélio Melo, Ivan Monforte, Ronald Bruce Monroe, Carrie Moyer, Rico Reyes, Nelson Santos, Jamel Shabazz, Shinique Amie Smith, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Mickalene Thomas, Boris Torres, TSK TSK TSK, Shirley Wegner, Edwina White, Megan Whitmarsh, and Matt Wolf.



Quijotextos de Antonio Martorell
October 17 – December 7, 2005
Main Gallery and Project Room
Artist: Antonio Martorell
Solo exhibition of installation, mixed media, and sculpture by Puerto Rican artist Martorell commemorating the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes's literary classic Don Quixote.



The First Biennial of New Visual Art Performance in New York City
Post Identity Politics Bazaar: Performance as Cultural Gift & Labor
Friday November 18, 2005
Artists Space, 38 Greene Street, New York, NY 10013
Curator: Edwin Ramoran
Artists: Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Akiko Ichikawa, Derek Jackson, Ivan Monforte, Wanda Raimundi-Ortíz, and Troy Richards



Post Plátano / Ante Formalism: Abstraction in the Bronx
September 7 to October 5, 2005
Main Gallery and Project Room
Curator: Edwin Ramoran
Artists: Yasmine Awais, Melissa A. Calderón, Arturo Carranza, Vidal Centeno, Kimberly Rene Curran, Lisa Curran, Taina Delmar, Ray Felix, G. , Isaac Garcia-Lanzó, Edwin Gonzalez, Josie Gonzalez, Skowmon Hastanan, Ixrael, Juanita Lanzó-Guilbe, Anthony D. Meyers, Luís Pagán, Kay Reese, Jose Rivera, Shazzi Thomas, and Audrey E. Wong



BX 1: First Bronx Artists Biennial
June 1 to July 27, 2005
Main Gallery
Curator: Edwin Ramoran
Artists: Beth Brideau, Howard Cash, Linda Cunningham, Alejandra Delfin, Luis Fonseca, James Gross, Daniel Hauben, Shinichiro Kitaura, Aristides Logothetis, Agnes Murray, Ron Terner, and Clara Williams



Can I Get A Witness
March 26 to May 18, 2005
Main Gallery
Guest Curator: Dean Daderko
Artists: Daniel Bozhkov, Ross Cisneros, Glen Fogel, Hope Ginsburg, Yoko Inoue, Tara Mateik, Robert Melee, Emily Roysdon, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Judi Werthein, and Matt Wolf



New Works: En Foco's Photography Awards
March 26 to May 18, 2005
Project Room
Guest Curators: Marisol Díaz and Miriam Romais, En Foco
Artists: Manuel Rivera-Ortíz, Bonnie Portelance, Nzingah Muhammad
Juror: Frank Gimpaya 



Props for a Romantic Comedy
January 15 to March 12, 2005
Main Gallery
Guest Curator: Herb Tam
Artists: Paul Chan, Leah Gadd, Michael Hermann, Joonhyun Kim, Jeannette Louie, Daragh Reeves, Greg Santos, Catarina Simões, and Anna Stein



January 15 to March 12, 2005
Project Room
Curator: Edwin Ramoran
Artist: Michael Rakowitz



Wanda Raimundi-Ortíz: Mercury/Mercurio
September 27 to December 4, 2004
Main Gallery
Curators: Wallace Edgecombe, Edwin Ramoran
Artist: Wanda Raimundi-Ortíz



Cyber_Folio 2004
September 27 to December 4, 2004
Project Room
Curators: Michelle Echevarria, Edwin Ramoran
Artists: Sung-Hee Choi, Ward Shelley, and Daniel Tisdale



Better Recognize: Bronx Artists
BRIO Visual Artists 2002-2004

July 7, 2004 to July 28, 2004
Main Gallery
Curators: Melissa A. Calderón, Edwin Ramoran
Artists: Valerie Atkisson, Timothy Blum, Ernesto Camacho, Angel E. Chevrestt, Stephanie Chisholm, Linda Cunningham, Marisol Díaz, Susan Farley, Ray Felix, James Gross, Ireena Gurvich, Daniel Hauben, Susan Markisz, Ira Merritt, and Miguelangel Ruiz



Conversions @ 149th St.
July 7, 2004 to July 28, 2004
Project Room
Guest Curator: Melissa A. Calderón
Artists: Timothy Blum, Steven Fishman, Mac McKean, Wanda Raimundi-Ortíz, SEEN, and Shinique Smith



Dina Bursztyn: Myths/Mitos
April 26, 2004 to June 26, 2004
Main Gallery
Curators: Wallace Edgecombe, Edwin Ramoran
Artist: Dina Bursztyn



Cyber_Folio: 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 Longwood Cyber Residency Artists
April 26, 2004 to June 26, 2004
Project Room
Curators: Michelle Echevarria, Edwin Ramoran
Artists: Valerie Atkisson, Florine Demosthene, Akiko Ichikawa, and Mwalim



Rehearsed: Nicolás Dumit Estévez
February 4, 2004 to April 10, 2004
Main Gallery
Curator: Edwin Ramoran
Artist: Nicolás Dumit Estévez
This is the first major solo exhibition by Dominican-born emerging artist Estévez who works primarily in performative work. 



Post Plátano
February 4, 2004 to April 10, 2004
Project Room
Curators: Michelle Echevarria, Edwin Ramoran
Artists: Jorgre Aguirre and Michael Grabowski, Judith Escalona, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Iliana Emilia García, Anaida Hernández, Juanita Lanzó-Guilbe, Renzo Ortega



Bootleg Gender
December 1, 2003 to January 10, 2004
Main Gallery
Guest Curator: Rocío Aranda-Alvarado
Artists: Elia Alba, Juan Carlos Arín, Sandra Bermúdez, Kristina Jacobs, Samantha Krauss, Scherezade, and Meghan Wood



Working Towards Our Own Destruction: Utopia
December 1, 2003 to January 10, 2004
Project Space
Guest Curator: Lynn Pono, Arkipelago
Artists: Matias Aguilar, Ernest Concepcion, Louie Cordero, Ben A. Gonzales, Barbara Malaran, Riza Manalo, Taal Mayon, Emmanuel Migrino, Athena Robles, and Jun Sabayton



DL: The “Down Low” in Contemporary Art
Dates: September 29, 2003 to November 22, 2003
Main Gallery
Curator: Edwin Ramoran
Artists: Binga, Ricardo A. Bracho, Karlos Carcamo, Enrique Cruz, Alex Donis, e-mael, Ricardo Francis, Derek Jackson, Terence Koh (formerly asianpunkboy), Glenn Ligon, Ivan Monforte, Kori Newkirk, Luna Luis Ortiz, Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa (aka Devil Bunny), Susan Smith-Pinelo, Steed Taylor, and Jorge Veras.  



September 29, 2003 to November 22, 2003
Project Room
Guest Curator: Louky Keijsers
Videos by: Michel Auder, Candice Breitz, Patty Chang, Rubén Gutiérrez, Patrick Jolley and Reynold Reynolds, Miranda July, Chloe Piene, and Karen Yasinsky.



Cyber_Folio: 2001-2002 Longwood Cyber Residency Artists
July 7, 2003 to July 31, 2003
Curators: Michelle Echevarria, Edwin Ramoran
Artists: Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Heng-Gil Han, Mary Magsamen, Moses Ros, and Jenna Spevak.



No More Drama: New Projects after Novelas
January 29 to April 11, 2003
Curator: Edwin Ramoran
Artists: Adriana Arenas Ilian, Instituto de la Telenovela (Pablo Helguera), Claudia Joskowicz, Domingo Nuño, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky  



Barrios: Celebrating the Latino Neighborhoods of New York City
November 12, 2002 to January 17, 2003
Artist: John "Crash" Matos



Timothy Blum: Peripheral Whispers

September 25 to November 1, 2002

Artist: Timothy Blum


BCA Donates Las Casitas Exhibit
& Archives
to Hostos Community College Library/CUNY

The centerpiece of Las Casitas Archives, donated by the Bronx Council on the Arts, are the documents, photographs, wall texts and other materials that were exhibited in the seminal Las Casitas: An Urban Cultural Alternative exhibition curated and produced in 1991 by Betty Sue Hertz and Bill Aguado, both formerly of the Bronx Council on the Arts.

  • Lasting Legacies
  • Dubbed: Lady K Fever
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Bronx Council on the Arts has Served Community for more than 50 Years by Erin Clarke

BCA is looking towards the second half of the century as an exciting time for the Bronx arts scene.

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