On June 9, New York City’s oldest surviving bridge reopened after over 40 years of abandonment.
Plants and flowers appeared throughout Frida Kahlo’s paintings, and although interpreting her art regularly evokes her biography of illness, injury, pain, and tumultuous love, the first exhibition to examine her work from a botanical perspective opens this week at a garden.
Major online archives of accessible images have become regular news out of museums, and part of the reason is stories like this: elementary school kids in the South Bronx have used a photograph from one of those archives to bring about historic recognition for a long-forgotten slave burial ground.
The South Bronx-based arts community center Rebel Diaz Arts Collective was reportedly shut down yesterday and locked out of their converted warehouse space. A rally/press conference is being held tonight at 6 pm outside their building at 478 Austin Place.
For this installment, Guggenheim has teamed up with Charlie Todd and Tyler Walker of the prankster pop-up theater troupe Improv Everywhere and audiologist Tina Jupiter, to present Audiogram, a unique 65-minute interactive audio experience and theatrical group hearing test designed for the South Bronx. Participants will don mp3 players pre-loaded with sound compositions designed to heighten awareness of city’s latent audio background and wander around the neighborhood’s Joyce Kilmer Park while being led on a sensory journey through city space.
To make things even more exciting, on Saturday October 13, Hyperallergic has partnered with The Guggenheim Museum to host a stillspotting Bronx Art Adventure! We’ll start the day with the final stillspotting nyc event and continue on an art adventure across New York’s northernmost borough, including a trip to the Marcel Breuer-designed Lehman Gallery and a visit to Arthur Avenue, aka Bronx’s Little Italy, and Emilia’s Restaurant for a traditional Italian dinner (with wine!) to cap off the day.
Stepping through the gates of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, you are first awed by the sheer number and size of the mausoleums that tower over its more than 400 acres. Once you begin to explore this 19th century city of the dead, you discover the incredible details that went into all these personal memorial estates, from the ornate metal gates to the bronze, granite and marble statuary, and then peaking through the doors you see bursts of color in delicate stained glass. You notice the sculptures of familiar cemetery motifs of angels and mourning ladies, but also highly personal tributes by some of the most recognizable 19th and 20th century artists.
When Woodlawn Cemetery was established in the Bronx in 1863, the art of funerary commemoration was in its height. That era of memorial sculpture ended, and most of us are laid to rest under somber slabs of dark granite with only the barest of ornamentation. Patricia Cronin saw the revival of this tradition as a way to not only create a lasting tribute to her and her wife’s love on their burial plot in Woodlawn, but to build a memorial to a marriage she thought they would never be able to have.