On Thursday, March 7, The Bronx Museum of the Arts opens the doors to The Block Gallery for AIM Open House, a twice yearly event offering visitors the opportunity to tour the museum's AIM community hub, meet the current cohort of resident artists, and view work-in-progress by participants in the AIM alumni residency program.
Location: The Block Gallery, 80 White Street, 2nd Floor, New York NY 10013
Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
SPRING 2019 ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE
Blanka Amezkua AIM class of 2008
Bronx-based artist Blanka Amezkua is greatly inspired by the work of folk artists from her native Mexico. And in this spirit, she spent last summer learning how to make papel picado with master folk artist Rene Mendoza from Huixcolotla, Puebla. Together, they developed a papel picado series that speaks about her personal history of migration within the US.
Michael Paul Britto AIM class of 2006
My practice creates a platform where I can address political and cultural awareness, using the customary, as metaphor. Working across a diverse selection of media including video, collage, sculpture, and audio soundscapes, Britto captures the experiences and struggles that people of color face on a daily basis to help foster a better understanding of the mental, physical, and institutional challenges faced by people of color.
Cecile Chong AIM class of 2011
In her mixed media works, Chong creates cross-cultural narratives by appropriating subjects and materials from myriad global sources. As part of her residency, Chong proposes to investigate the historical and contemporary visual culture of Manhattan’s Chinatown. Her work looks to offer a commentary on the contemporary intermingling of East and West encounters through trade.
Sophia Dawson AIM class of 2016
Sophia Dawson is a Brooklyn-based visual artist who has dedicated her life’s work to exposing the stories and experiences of individuals who are striving to overcome the injustices they face both individually and collectively. Recently, Dawson has focused attention on her To Be Free project which explores the stories of the 20+ remaining US held political prisoners who are jailed for their activism in the black liberation movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Developed through a series of large-scale portraits, the project utilizes art to call attention to the continued imprisonment of these individual and advocates for their freedom.
Pacifico Silano AIM class of 2013
Pacifico Silano is a lens-based artist whose work is an exploration of print culture and LGBTQ identity. Through fragmenting, obscuring, layering, reassembling, and re-photographing, Silano re-contextualizes images and sources of gay erotica from the 1970’s pre-AIDS era to reveal the innocence, naiveté; and euphoria of the moment.
AIM at THE BLOCK GALLERY
For nearly 40 years, The Bronx Museum of the Arts has served New York's most promising creative talent through AIM, the museum's celebrated career training program for New York City-based artists. Having graduated over 1,200 artists since 1980, the museum introduces The Block Gallery, a dedicated artist resource hub located in the emerging Tribeca Arts District featuring private workspaces, exhibition facilities, and meeting rooms to support the ongoing creative and professional development of AIM program alumni.