JOAN SEMMEL: A LUCID EYE
JANUARY 24 - JUNE 9, 2013
Well known for the uncompromising feminist tone of her early work, Joan Semmel has turned her attention over the past decade to the process of image making. Photography has played a central role in Semmel's work since she decided to represent the figure in the early 1970s. However, Semmel's use of photography has often escaped the viewer whose attention focuses on the depicted image. In 2005, Semmel began to afford the viewer a glimpse into her method by aiming the camera towards a mirror, thus capturing the artist in the process of composing the image. Lately, using the camera and mirrors, Semmel has created a haunting series of self-portraits that evoke the passage of time. Organized by Antonio Sergio Bessa.
Generous support for Joan Semmel: A Lucid Eye has been provided by Alexander Gray Associates, and individual funders.
HONEY, I REARRANGED
January 24 – June 2, 2013
Created in 1986, the Bronx Museum Permanent Collection has assembled over the years a remarkable group of artworks that convey not only personal narratives but also incisive insights onto contemporary life. For this exhibition, we took inspiration from Allen Ruppersberg's ongoing series Honey, I rearranged the Collection initiated in 2000 and that puts in check the role of institutions, curators and collectors as the bearers of tradition and arbiters of taste. Overlaying different traditions, styles, and narratives, Honey, I rearranged the Collection presents an idea of museum as a restless play of combination.
Honey, I Rearranged the Collection features artworks from the 40th Anniversary's 40 Years, 40 Gifts campaign, which has received support from Ford Foundation and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, as well as individual funders.
BRONX LAB —
July 19, 2012 –
June 2, 2013
A forum and test site for new ideas, BRONX LAB engages audiences in topics relevant to our surrounding communities. Through different social media platforms as well as hands-on activities, viewers will be asked to interact with the exhibition's main themes and exercise their critical views. Drawing primarily from the Museum's permanent collection, BRONX LAB's first exhibition will look at the explosion of graffiti art that happened in the South Bronx in the late 1970s, featuring artworks by Rigoberto Torres, Tim Rollins and KOS, Glendalys Medina, Keith Haring and William Borroughs, Valeri Larko, Lady K. Fever, among others.
Bronx Lab: Style Wars is made possible by individual funders.
2003 + 2012
October 18, 2012 -
April 7, 2013
Created during rehearsals for a production of Grease in 2003, at the Jane Addams Vocational High School, Bronx Portraits pairs the original shots with corresponding updates produced in May 2012. A fascinating study on how individuals physically change over time, Katzenstein's Bronx Portraits project is remarkable and enlightening as it attest to the importance that art plays in shaping the lives of young people.
Also on view:
Katzenstein was introduced to the noted jazz pianist and Bronx native Valerie Capers in 1994, when he photographed her for her album, Come On Home. This exhibition is a visual documentation of her musical life from 1995 to a recent live session at The Knickerbocker, the Greenwich Village club where she often performs.
Capers was born in the Bronx, and after losing her sight at the age of six she received her early schooling at the New Institute for the Education of the Blind. She went on to earn both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in classical music from the Juilliard School of Music. When she graduated, her brother urged her to explore her roots. She took his advice, and discovered jazz. For two years she immersed herself in music, and went on to become the first sightless person to conduct at Carnegie Hall.