The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is a museum of contemporary art located in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City. The museum is housed in an iconic building designed by U.S. practice Arquitectonica.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts was founded in 1971 with the aim of “helping to make art accessible to the entire community”. The museum has always had a strong multicultural and multidisciplinary approach to art, somewhat reflecting the diverse and manifold character of the Bronx community.
In 1982, the museum moved to a former Synagogue on Grand Concourse, which was subsequently renovated and expanded in 2006. The new 16,684 square-foot / 1,550 square-meter home, designed by Miami-based architectural practice Arquitectonica, contains the main gallery, flexible events spaces, educational classrooms, and learning spaces, storage areas for the museum’s permanent collection, an outdoor terrace, a cafe, and a store.
Collection, exhibitions, and activities
The permanent collection of the Bronx Museum of the Arts, which comprises about 1,000 artworks by American and international artists, spans a wide range of different artistic media, including paintings, works on paper, installations, mixed-media pieces, photographs, and videos. Among the artists represented are Vito Acconci, Alvin Baltrop, Romare Bearden, Tania Bruguera, Elizabeth Catlett, Dinh Q. Le, Juan Downey, Öyvind Fahlström, Nikki S. Lee, Whitfield Lovell, Ana Mendieta, Helio Oiticica, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Pepon Osorio, Liliana Porter, Juan Sanchez, Martin Wong, Xu Bing, and Kara Walker.
Along with the permanent exhibition, the museum also presents special exhibitions, events, talks, live performances, concerts, community meetings, film screenings, art workshops, and educational programs aimed at teens, families, and schools.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, exterior views; photos © Norman McGrath, courtesy of Arquitectonica
Photos © Norman McGrath, courtesy of Arquitectonica
“Here and Elsewhere” exhibition at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 2007, installation views; photos: Bill Orcutt, courtesy of The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Installation views of “Martin Wong: Human Instamatic”, 2015-2016; photos: Joel Greenberg, courtesy of The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Cover image: The Bronx Museum of the Arts on Grand Concourse, New York; photo by Hrag Vartanian
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