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.

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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.

The Work Office Pay Day Party Party at BRAC

The Work Office is an art project at the Bronx River Art Center that mimicks the Work Progress Administration of the Great Depression by giving artists projects to work and paying them the Depression-era wage of $23.50. The projects include tasks such as: build a bridge, make a mixed CD, and give a concert for your plant. There’s a pay day party at then end of each week where the artists receive their paycheck and invite the public to check out their work. My favorite piece was Moira Williams’ Bronx Tarot Cards project.

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