BRONX SPEAKS

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Bronx Speaks: No Boundaries Brings Together 60 Artworks Selected by 20 Bronx Arts Organizations that forms the Bronx Arts Alliance

Exhibit is part of Bronx Day of the Annual New York Armory Week. This is the third annual exhibit presented by the Bronx Arts Alliance (BxAA) as part of the international art fair — The Armory Show. A curatorial committee from 20 Bronx arts organizations selected over 60 artworks featuring Bronx, US and International Artists who live, or have shown, in the Bronx. The exhibit will take place at The Bronx Museum of the Arts from Wednesday, March 5th through Sunday, March 9th and will be installed by independent curator Sarah Corona.

The exhibit is being presented in concert with New York Armory Week and will officially open with a reception from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, March 6th — the officially designated Bronx Day. It will feature a performance by esteemed Bronx Hip-Hop duo Circa '95 at 6:30 pm and sweets will be provided by Bronx-based Lloyds Carrot Cake. The Bronx Tourism Council will host a roundtrip Bronx Trolley pick up at Pier 94 in New York City (the site of the Armory Show) leaving at 4:00pm, transporting the interested and the curious from the Show’s thousands of attendees to The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Return trip will depart at 7:30pm.

The Bronx is home to a growing multicultural art scene of longtime residents artist and a constant stream of newcomers seeking the last vestiges of affordable live/work space in New York City. The exhibition, Bronx Speaks: No Boundaries presents a look at the vibrant and diverse artwork that is being created and shown within the borough today. It is as varied as those who live within its space – all cultures, nationalities and ages – with creative visions all their own. The exhibit will reach from corner to corner of the world and include artists from India, Thailand, Nigeria, Cuba, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Canada and Scotland; the United States… and of course…The Bronx! The featured artwork will include painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, mixed media, site-specific installations, and musical performances from emerging to established artists.

In addition to the exhibition there will be Special Events during the run of the exhibit including:

Preview: Wednesday, March 5th from 5-8pm

Roundtable with award-winning writer and photojournalist Michael Kamber to discuss his book Photojournalists on War, in conjunction with First Wednesdays Bronx Culture Trolley Tours (see www.bronxarts.org for trolley schedule of First Wednesdays)

Friday Night Jam: Friday, March 7th from 6-8pm

Special performance by Malang Jobarteh (West African kora player) and Antonio de Jesus (Puerto Rican Conga player) at 6:30 pm.

*This program has been made possible in part through the sponsorship of the Bronx Council on the Arts with funding provided by Bronx Arts Alliance members.

Featured artists include (as of February 14):

Sandra Ayala John Conn Richard Fremund Tammy Nguyen

Peter Baker Melanie Crean Edwin Gonazalez-Ojeda José Antonio Ojeda

Kimber Berry Linda Cunningham Esteban Jimenez Guerra Dionis Ortiz

Elena Bouza Irina Danilova Skowmon Hastanan Alexandra Phillips

Chen Carrasco Sharon De La Cruz Tim Hetherington José Rivera

Athena Castillo Antonio DeJesus Malang Jobarteh Marco Saavedra

Vidal Centeno Alejandra Delfin Lady K Fever Ian Charles Scott

Amaru Chiza Donna Diaz Lisa Kahane Stephanie Sinclair

Onyedica Chuke Marisol Diaz Swati Khurana Natalie Collette Wood

Carey Clark Nicky Enright John Martin Circa ‘95

Josue Guarionex Colon Michael Ferris Jr Alexis Mendoza

John Conn Xavier Figueroa Jasmine Murrell

Melanie Crean Ricky Flores Laura Napier

Additional information on each artist available by request. For additional information on Bronx Speaks: No Boundaries visit, www.BronxMuseum.org or www.facebook.com/BronxArtsAlliance.

About the Bronx Arts Alliance

The Bronx Arts Alliance (BxAA) is a consortium of Bronx Arts organizations founded in 2011 to promote the wealth of arts in the Bronx. Members of the BxAA include long established organizations such as Wave Hill, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx River Art Center, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, The Point CDC, Longwood Arts Project, Bronx Council on the Arts, Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, Pepatian, Derfner Judaica Museum, and Krasdale Foods Art Gallery. Emerging member spaces include Bronx Hispanic Festival, Elisa Contemporary Art, El Fogon Center for the Arts, Bronx Art Space, Bronx Documentary Center, Bronx Children’s Museum, the Andrew Freedman Home, and WHEDco/Bronx Music Heritage Center. No Longer Empty, a presenter of contemporary art in vacant spaces throughout NYC is also a member of BxAA. To learn more about Bronx Arts Alliance, visit: www.facebook.com/BronxArtsAlliance

About Independent Curator, Sarah Corona

Sarah Corona attended University in Bologna (Italy) where she obtained her BA (with honors) in Fine Arts and a MFA (with honors) in Communication and Management of Art. After several years as Art Manager and Gallery Director she moved to New York, continuing her own curatorial research and curating and managing projects in the arts. She's founder and CEO of BAG - brings art to great people and sarahcrown projects. She reports and writes for several International Art Magazines. Her main interest is to spread the knowledge for art and culture through society, to sustain artistic production and to offer new concepts of interaction between artists and public with the attempt to improve the artistic understanding on an intellectual and on a social level.

About The Bronx Tourism Council: Established in 1991, The Bronx Tourism Council is a subsidiary of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC), creating a cohesive and symbiotic relationship between arts and culture and economic development. The role of the Bronx Tourism Council is to promote the borough’s rich history, its institutions, and cultural diversity on a local, national, and international level and to increase visitors to The Bronx.

Public Transportation Information to The Bronx Museum of the Arts:

The Bronx Museum of the Arts can also be reached by catching the D or B Train at Columbus circle to 167th St. Station on the Grand Concourse. Exit at rear of station, walk south along Grand Concourse two blocks. NOTE: D Train stops all times except rush hours peak direction (6:15 am - 9 am to Manhattan, 4 pm - 6:45 pm from Manhattan). Take B Train at 145 St. to 167th St./ Grand Concourse. Street Parking also available.

Contact:

Olga Luz Tirado, The Bronx Tourism Council, o) 718-590-3527; m) 347-524-4727; otirado@boedc.org
Gail Nathan, Bronx River Art Center, o) 718-589-5819; m) 718.930-7861; gjnathan@bronxriverart.org