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April 6, 2022 - September 4, 2022

Starting at the young age of fifteen, Brooklyn born photographer Jamel Shabazz identified early on the core subject of his lifelong investigation: the men and women, young and old, who invest the streets of New York with a high degree of theater and style, mixing traditions and cultures. Despite following a celebrated tradition of street photography that includes Gordon Parks, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander, it is to his credit that Shabazz has been one of the first photographers to realize the joyous, infectious potential of youth culture in neighborhoods such as Red Hook, Brownsville, Flatbush, Fort Greene, Harlem, Manhattan’s Lower East Side and the Grand Concourse section of the Bronx. A formidable archive of New York’s communities in the outer boroughs, this exhibition pays homage to Shabazz’s illustrious career of over forty years documenting the vibrant interaction of New Yorkers with their neighborhoods.

 

Upcoming

September 2023 - February 2024 (exact dates to be determined)

A long awaited, posthumous retrospective of artist Tina Girouard, a pioneer in performing art installations, dance, decorative art and video. Girouard played a catalytic role in the 1970s SoHo art scene in New York City, helping to found the experimental gallery 112 Greene Street and the artist-run restaurant Food.

May - August 2023 (exact dates to be determined)

As moving as it is complex, the multifaceted work of Darrel Ellis (1958–1992) restages a lost vision of Black selfhood and domesticity. His oeuvre has presented a formidable challenge to curators and scholars over the last thirty years for its unfinished tenor, a perception heightened by his untimely death due to AIDS-related causes at age 33. Although Ellis’ work was included in important contemporary surveys during his lifetime, including the 1989 exhibition Witnesses:  Against Their Vanishing, organized by Nan Goldin, only now is it beginning to garner the attention it deserves. The exhibition Darrel Ellis: Regeneration offers the first comprehensive, scholarly survey of this pioneering artist, whose highly original merging of painting, printmaking, and photography anticipated current artistic interest in archive, appropriation, and personal narrative.

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October 26, 2022 - April 30, 2023

This large-scale survey exhibition will feature over 120 artworks and archival materials spanning four decades of the artists' careers drawn from the Bronx Museum’s Permanent Collection as well as from private collections. In addition, works in the artists' personal collections will be shown in public for the first time, together with rarely seen Polaroid photographs of the South Bronx residents portrayed in their sculptures. A catalog will feature a graphic novel about the people in the portraits, as well as amply illustrated essays. The interactive exhibition design will be created by Bronx-based architect Jorge Plazas and Darío Nuñez-Ameni (former architect of Vito Acconci Studio).

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October 12, 2022 - April 9, 2023

Abigail DeVille: Bronx Heavens examines the myths and realities of local, familial and ancestral histories and the convoluted notion of freedom in a country fraught with oppression and racism.  In particular, The Bronx has served as a sanctuary for immigrant and migrant communities over the last 120 years, including for Abigail DeVille and several generations of her family who have lived in the area and were part of the Great Migration. With a humanizing lens, DeVille’s work utilizes found materials and detritus to unearth forgotten narratives of communities of color. When these communities seek to reach another realm in pursuit of happiness, what does freedom mean? DeVille describes freedom as “amorphous, shapeshifting, and elusive” as her work further explores issues of identity, culture, and class. 

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July 13 - August 21, 2022

Medicina de Amor (Love Medicine) is a solo exhibition of recent work by Gerardo Dexter Ciprian. Working with archival material, hand-me-down objects, oral histories and folklore, Ciprian mines the ephemera of the Dominican diaspora and broader immigrant imaginary as a source of wisdom, mystery and resilience.  


At once personal and allegorical, the exhibition draws on a vast wealth of personal stories, riddles, and superstitions the artist has archived over the years as well as objects and images with special significance in the Dominican immigrant imaginary. Jabon de cuaba—an iconic soap in D.R. used for everything from washing your body to cleaning dishes—is reconstituted into ghost doubles of bricks from the artist’s Bronx childhood home; hand-me-down furniture passed down from the artist’s grandparents is transformed into lanterns that seem to magically light themselves, a reference to the prevalent blackouts in the Caribbean nation. The works are never circumscribed to any one time and place, and often play on a tension between opacity and legibility—a proxy for the indeterminacy of the shifting ground beneath migration and the inevitable fading of intergenerational memory.

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May 26, 2022 - June 26, 2022

Earthseed is a solo exhibition of recent work by artist-in-residence Tiffany Smith. Working across various media, the site-specific and self-reflexive installation critically engages with strategies for survival sourced from inherited ancestral knowledge, specifically from the Caribbean and its diaspora. Using concepts set forth in Octavia Butler's prophetic novel Parable of the Sower as a guide, the exhibition presents a collection of observations and research on various natural allies and traditional practices that provide care, contribute to survival, and provide resources  for moving forward through physically, emotionally, and spiritually challenging realities.

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May 18, 2022 - June 26, 2022

Daydream 360 is an exhibition of art by New York City teenagers curated by the Bronx Museum's Teen Council. Teen Council invited teen artists throughout NYC to submit artworks that engage with memory and the past.

Daydream 360 is about remembering nostalgic moments. Whether these moments are influential childhood memories or trends from years ago, these artists reminisce and represent the past in the present. We invite you to have a full-circle moment and relive what once was.

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April 6, 2022 - May 15, 2022

If You Grind The Threshold of Three Other Houses is a solo exhibition of recent work by Bang Geul Han. Working across a diverse array of media forms and processes, from weaving to artificial intelligence, Han critically engages with shifting understandings of public and private territories in relation to language, gender and body. Through playful and jarring juxtapositions and layering, Han creates material manifestations of the reverberating desires and libidinal investments at work within the legal documents, government memoranda, and written and spoken words of figures in positions of power, including Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Harvey Weinstein, and Congressman Henry J. Hyde. Originating from a 15th century Korean superstition believed to induce an abortion, the exhibition title frames Han’s practice as a series of ritualized acts that grind and chip away at the metaphorical thresholds guarding asymmetric social and political power structures. Complementing works in sculpture, textile, and generative video, the exhibition also includes TalkMeTender.life, an online artificial intelligence chatbot developed in collaboration with London-based artist Minna Pöllänen.* Trained on feminist texts concerning themes of care and mortality the chatbot provides a counterpoint to the exhibition’s probing of biopolitical frameworks, by looking at vulnerability and difference as sites of care and possibility rather than exploitation and subjugation.