The Bronx is Beautiful Art Exhibition at Gun Hill Brewery Sept. 10

Check out the flier below for information about an upcoming art exhibition at Gun Hill Brewery including art from one of my super talented friends from elementary school AND the master behind my Super Mario star tattoo, Shak. The exhibit will feature work inspired by the Bronx and of course the always amazing Gun Hill Brewery will be serving up refreshments.

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Imagining a South Bronx Version of MTV’s Cribs

One of the very few things that could motivate me to clean my room as a teenager was the dream that someday, somehow I could be on MTV Cribs. I had all kinds of scenarios in which I would lead the camera crew through my house and to my bedroom, “where the magic happens.” (Though, tbh, the only magical thing happening there was the 14-hour slumbers I was able to pull off. Ah, to be 16.)

So, I’ll never get to be on MTV Cribs, since it’s no longer on (yes, that’s the reason) but a really cool project from ID Studio Theater here in the Bronx is giving some South Bronx residents a chance to show off their homes as part of the “Mott Haven Home Movies: South Bronx Cribs” project.

The idea behind the project is to teach residents to shoot and edit their own episode of “Cribs” to show what living in the South Bronx means to them. This is so so so important in the face of the battle we must fight against gentrification and the displacement of Bronx residents.

Currently, funds are being raised to supplement the grant the project received from the Bronx Council on the Arts. To read more about the project and/or donate, click here. 

***Please note that the project is not affiliated with MTV Cribs.***

 

Bronx Summerstage Calendar — Fat Joe Performs Tonight!

Annual NYC summer staple Summerstage is back this year. Featuring acts including Fat Joe (“Lean Back” is part of the soundtrack to my high school life) , DJ Kool Herc, and even the Metropolitan Opera, the series brings music, film, and dance to Crotona Park and St. Mary’s Park this year.

Check out the full schedule below:

Day

Date

Time

Artist

Park

Boro

Genre

Tuesday

Jul 5

7:00 PM

George Lamond / DJ Lucho

Crotona Park

BX

Music

Wednesday

Jul 6

7:00 PM

Fat Joe / Tony Touch hosted by Lyricist Lounge

Crotona Park

BX

Music

Thursday

Jul 7

7:00 PM

Tribute to Latin Jazz Great Dave Valentin

Crotona Park

BX

Music

Friday

Jul 8

7:00 PM

Nuyorican Poets Cafe: Craig ‘muMs’ Grant’s “A Sucker Emcee”

Crotona Park

BX

Theater

Saturday

Jul 9

7:00 PM

Acrobuffos / Rob & Miss Jane / Sxip’s Hour of Charm / It’s Showtime NYC

Crotona Park

BX

Circus

Sunday

Jul 10

7:00 PM

DJ Kool Herc / Little Shalimar / Screening: Rubble Kings

Crotona Park

BX

Music & Film

Tuesday

Jul 12

7:00 PM

Johnny Rivera / Joan Català

St. Mary’s Park

BX

Music

Wednesday

Jul 13

7:00 PM

Joe Bataan Meets Setenta / Joan Català

St. Mary’s Park

BX

Music

Wednesday

Jul 13

7:00 PM

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Michelle Bradley, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang, and Dan Saunders

Crotona Park

BX

Music

Thursday

Jul 14

7:00 PM

Tito Rojas

St. Mary’s Park

BX

Music

Friday

Jul 15

7:00 PM

Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue / Screening: We Like It Like That

St. Mary’s Park

BX

Music & Film

Saturday

Jul 16

7:00 PM

Full Circle Souljahs Presents: From The Streets To The Stage/Behind the Groove / Master Class: Kwikstep and Rokafella

St. Mary’s Park

BX

Dance

Sunday

Jul 17

4:00 PM

Legacy Women / Recess Monkey / Music with a Message / Double Dutch Dreamz

St. Mary’s Park

BX

Family

A Look at the Workers Who Give Life to Jerome Avenue

My first exposure, I guess you could say, to the Jerome Avenue Workers Project was a couple months back the the gentrification conference. I’ve always loved neighborhood feature stories and profiles of the people who make up communities, but this story cuts a bit deeper because by showing us the personal stories of the residents, it puts a face on the people who will be hit the hardest by seemingly endless city developments that often overlook who will be impacted by their projects.

A member of the Bronx Photo League, Giacomo Francia share the stories of these hard-working individuals on a feature in the New York Times this week, entitled “Who Makes the Bronx?”   Check it out here.

Inspired by Culture? Let City Hall Know!

In its most recent budget proposal, the City Council called for a $40 million increase in arts and culture funding. Our museums, art galleries, music institutions play a crucial role in the fabric of our city; they make New York the amazing world renowned city it is. We’ve unfortunately become used to arts funding being the first thing on the chopping block when there are budget constraints, but this most recent proposal sends the message that arts funding is essential and indispensable.

I recently spoke with Eric Henry, the Director of  Government Relations at The New York Botanical Garden about how the garden would benefit from this increase in city funding. With increased funding from the city, Henry says NYBG would benefit from “operational support jobs, ecological conservation and education” and stressed that “cultural institutions are not just for tourists,[but] for city natives as well.”

Henry also suggested some ways that you can help ensure that cultural institutions such as the New York Botanical Garden receive increased funding from the city including:

  • Sign up for memberships via IDNYC
  • Speak to your local representative
  • Visit NYCInspires.org to share why New York City’s (especially here in the Bronx!) cultural institutions are important to you.
  • Use #NYCInspires when posting about your visits to our wonderful cultural institutions.

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Bronx Artist Lady K Fever to Installs New Art Project in Harlem

Bronx artist Lady K Fever’s latest project, entitled All Along the Watchtower, will be installed in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem this summer. Inspired by the song written by Bob Dylan and recorded by Jimi Hendrix, the installation piece will be made of reflective materials that will lead park visitors to the top of the acropolis.

 

 

 

Lady K Fever says:

“We are going to make the park SPARKLE! Light strips will be installed in multiple designs throughout the park on wroth iron fences and near small gardens reflecting sound waves, musical rhythms and the bell tower ringing.

Lady K Fever will also be leading a our during Armory Week. Click here to learn more. 

Check Out the Art Experience Happening at Gun Hill Brewery This Saturday!

This Saturday, July 25th, Silence is Accurate, an art platform that “narrates the journeys of New York’s emerging and mid-career artists,” is teaming up with Gun Hill Brewery for an Art Experience. The Experience will feature a collaboration between five local artists and 13 local brewers. The coolest part of this event is that the artists have created 30 original prints exclusively for this event AND that the brewers will be creating limited brews that will be judged by a panel (2 certified beer judges, 2 bar owners/managers, and 2 members of the Gun Hill team).

So if you like art or beer or BOTH come by this Saturday!

The Details: 

Location: Gun Hill Brewery, 3227 Laconia Ave.

Time: 4- 8 pm

Cost: FREE!

The Spotlight: Meloncholy Hendrix

I’m really excited to share this Spotlight feature with you because as you know I love the arts and even more specifically I love people of color in the arts. Read below to check out my interview with Bronx artist Meloncholy Hendrix:

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                                                                     Picture courtesy of Meloncholy Hendrix

On your gallery site, you mention that you are heavily influenced by form and many of your drawings feature the female form specifically. Could you elaborate a bit on why that is and why it is important for a variety female forms to be represented in art?

Form really…is ever changing so, you can’t ever own the concept of it because it will have changed already. I guess what I’m saying is, simply, I love the beauty of change. Woman’s form is especially important because of how society views it. Magazines and other forms of media can make it difficult for different female body types to be accepted. So I believe in art it’s important for all shapes and sizes of woman to represented equally. I try to do that as much as possible.

How would you say living in the Bronx has influenced your artwork?

Well, living in the birthplace of Hip-Hop has many perks. The best is the creativity. The Bronx thrives off of creativity. I’m constantly surrounded by different kinds of music, dance, especially street art. The colors and sounds soak in deep in my mind. I always see pieces of it when I create. It’s like leaving bread crumbs in my work leading onlookers to where I come from.

What insight do you hope viewers gain for viewing your work?

That’s actually a tough one. Well more than anything I want them to freely ingest a new kind of style. Take a different insight into pen and ink art. See pen and ink art as seriously as painting or sculpting. Also, a new outlook on women. Not only as artist but, in art. For us to be taken more seriously. Especially black women in art.

What are your thoughts on the growing art scene in the Bronx?

I swoon at the fact that there is art growing out of my beautiful borough. I’ve been starving for it for so long and finally being feed is amazing! I think it’s long overdue for the Bronx to rise from the ashes of New York City’s past. Other sections of NYC are bring back the creativity like Brooklyn and The L.E.S. I hope the momentum doesn’t stop.

What do you think is missing or could be improved in the Bronx’s art scene?

What’s missing the most really is coverage. I’m always online and such checking the pulse of the art world and I don’t see the mass documentation of Bronx’s art scene as they do Brooklyn’s and Manhattan’s. It’s disappointing. I want more media outlets here to show our great and beautiful talent.

What are your top 3 favorite places in the Bronx?

EASY! Bay Plaza because of course, it’s a shopping center. I have amazing memories of going there. Van Cortlandt Park. It’s vastness and beauty Is breath taking. Oh! I love hiking there as well with my Fiancé. Last but not least, City Island because, well, seafood.

Any upcoming project or events we should look out for?

Yes, I’m being featured in a RawArtist showcase called RAW:NYC Presents:Glimpse. It’s July 23 from 7:30pm -11:30pm. It’s being held at the HighLine Ballroom. To buy tickets to come see my work they can go to www.rawartists.org/mellybells. I encourage all to come out!

Bronx River Art Center’s The Economy of Food Opening Reception Today

The Bronx River Art Center’s third exhibition, The Economy of Food,  opens tonight at Bronx Art Space featuring work from

Jonathan Blaustein, Michele Brody, Lisa Hein, Alberto Bursztyn, Andrea Callard, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Martine Fougeron, Project 59, Ian Trask, and Chee Wang Ng. The reception is from 6 pm – 9 pm.

For more information, read below:

The exhibition analyzes the economics of the food system, the multifaceted operation sustaining our lives. The exhibition addresses the food system’s major components: the economy of food production, the economy of trade and food distribution, the economy of food consumption and the economy of recycling the system’s aftermath.

The Economy of Food is an inescapable fact that affects us on an everyday basis. Artists participating in the exhibition are responding to this universal issue with installations, photography, performance and video works. They trace, underline, critique or mock issues of: corporate vs. sustainable farming, local food distribution in the Bronx; the new geopolitics of food; multinational food culture; commercial and creative recycling of food waste and packaging; and attempts to balance low budgets while providing nutrition and feeding our families in “the hungriest borough in NYC”.

Curated by Irina Danilova, The Economy of Food is part of BRAC’s larger curatorial effort to draw attention to food as a creative medium, muse and indicator of culture; and to highlight social and political issues, especially those impacting the Bronx community.