"For Closure" Public Reception with Gabriela Salazar and RETTOCAMME

Wednesday, May 16th from 5:30 to 8pm

BRAC on the Block at West Farms Square Plaza
Located at the base of the subway station at West Farms Square/East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10460

Please join the Bronx River Arts Center for a public reception showcasing For Closure (Outdoors, the Bronx) by Gabriela Salazar that will feature a new choreographed dance performance by the performance group RETTOCAMME. This event is part of "Arts and Culture Day" during Bronx Week 2012 to celebrate Bronx-based art and cultural initiatives.

About the installation:  

For Closure (Outdoors, the Bronx) by interdisciplinary artist Gabriela Salazar points to the current crisis in the housing sector. The structure is a four-story house of cards assembled from locally salvaged doors. The thin sheet of the door stands in as shorthand for the house, the home, and the occupant. As much an image as it is a corporeal experience, the "house of doors" looks simultaneously precarious and stable. For Closure enacts the fallibility of our sense of safety, security, and permanence.

Gabriela Salazar is an artist and writer living and working in Brooklyn and the Bronx, NY. Engaging architecture, text, sculpture, and drawing, her work concerns our relationships and associations with the constructed environment. Salazar received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009, a BA from Yale University in 2003, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2011. Her work has been included in group shows across the country and her essay "Another One Bites the Dust!" was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Contemporary Aesthetics in October 2010.

About the performance:

Created in response to For Closure, the dance group RETTOCAMME will perform short structured sequences at intervals throughout the reception. Each choreographed segment will include elements of improvisation interspersed with repeated unison movement phrases to create unexpected interactions with the site.

RETTOCAMME is a Brooklyn-based dance/art/design company founded by choreographer and visual artist Emma Cotter in 2003. In addition to having produced several evening-length works, they have presented shorter pieces and site-specific works at the Jonathan Shorr Gallery, United Photo Industries, Figment 09, Solar Powered Arts Festival, at various chashama locations, among many others.

This project is made possible with support from the NYC Department of Transportation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation's Arts and Enterprise Place-Based Revitalization Grant, Build It Green NYC, (Ben Pimentel and Sunghwa Han at Rosenwasser/Grossman Consulting Engineers, (Durante Rentals, and Salazar + Rosselló Architecture.     

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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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