BRONX NOW Opening Reception

BRONX NOW Opening Reception

Join us for the opening reception of BRONX NOW. Click here to RSVP
Saturday, July 14, 6pm
Bronx River Art Center 1087 E. Tremont Ave. BX, NYC


Bronx Now, on view July 14 through September 8, 2018 at the newly re-opened Bronx River Art Center, looks at a cross section of artwork created in the Bronx today.  It is comprised of 16 artists working in mediums of sculpture, work on paper, photography, painting, digital art, graffiti art, textiles and living art. Opening Reception, Saturday July 14, 6-9pm.

The overarching narrative of the exhibition is the interplay of work from myriad origins together outlining the tenacious, unflinching, intrinsically motivated personality that the Bronx has come to be known for. On the precipice of the Bronx’s shifting demographics, Bronx Now creates an expositional bridge between community and artist. Featured artists explore the visual agency amongst art, community, and social justice.

Organized by independent curators Laura James and Eileen Walsh, who work under the name BXNYCreative, Bronx Now marks another milestone in their effort to expand interest in Bronx-based artists. “Since we first presented Bronx Now in 2016, it has been interesting to see the arts community grow and change, but there’s always that common thread: the outspoken, true, and brash Bronx voice remains unchanged,” --Eileen Walsh co-curator.

Each artist also has a digital portfolio on BX200: Bronx Visual Artist Directory,, an online artist community –operated by the curators– launched in December 2014. The website, which was the first to build a directory of Bronx artists, uses the virtual world as a tool to bring the artwork of 200 Bronx-based artists to the public and give artists some control over their public interactions.

“After starting BX200 four years ago, we’ve come to know many of the borough’s artists, professionally and personally. We are lucky to have so many to choose from when curating a show like this, from masters like John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres, to recent Lehman College MFA grad “MRS.” Bronx Now displays diversity on many levels, and we hope that you’ll head to the Bronx River Art Center to check it out.” –Laura James, co-curator.

Participating Artists: John Ahearn, Benton C Bainbridge, Roy Baizan, Michael Paul Britto, Julius “Tkid 170” Cavero, CES, Ivan Gaete, Samantha Holmes, Heidi L. Johnson, MRS, Devon Rodriguez, Shellyne Rodriguez, Moses Ros-Suárez, Edgar Santana, Rhynna M. Santos, Rigoberto Torres and Natalie C. Wood

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 14, 6-9pm
Public Program: Artist Talk: Thursday, August 16 from 6-8pm

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DIRECTIONS TO CENTER:  By Train: Take #2 or #5 to West Farms Square/East Tremont. Walk one block east to Bronx Street. By Bus: Take #'s B9, 21, 36, 40, 42, or Q44 to East Tremont and Boston Road. By Car: Take Bruckner Expressway to Sheridan Expressway, and exit at East Tremont Ave. Turn left at the traffic light one block down onto East Tremont. Turn left after one block onto Bronx St. (Cross Bronx Expressway) towards Rosedale Ave, then exit. Turn left onto Rosedale Ave, then take a left onto Tremont Ave. Drive four blocks to West Farms Square.

This program is made possible with support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, including Council Members Eric Dinowitz, Althea Stevens, Kristy Marmorato and the Bronx Delegation. Additional support is from Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, the NYS Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the NYS Legislature. Foundation support is from Con Edison: The Power of Giving, The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, The Lincoln Fund, and private donors.

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