Thanks to funds received by a Community Arts grant from the Bronx Council on the Arts and the support of the Morris Park Branch of the New York Public Library, my newest photo exhibition – about my Harlem River Bridges Project – will open to the public on Saturday, July 13th. The exhibition titled – Connecting People, Strengthening Communities: The Harlem River Bridges – will showcase ten of my photographs. I will be giving a lecture about my project and its connection to the history of the Bronx and Upper Manhattan at the Morris Park Branch that Saturday. The program will take place from 2:30-4:00pm. Admission is free. Please register for the lecture at Eventbrite.
I am delighted to share the news that I am the recipient of a 2019 Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) Community Arts grant, which will help fund my upcoming exhibition – Connecting People, Strengthening Communities: The Harlem River Bridges – at the New York Public Library’s Morris Park branch this summer. This is my second photography grant to date. The award celebration will take place Tuesday evening at the Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos in the Bronx.
The 2018 Photoville is in its last days at Brooklyn Bridge Park. In addition to there being more than 90 photography exhibitions on display, photographers can also sign up for portfolio reviews. I didn’t find out about the portfolio reviews until late last night by which time all the slots had been filled. Nevertheless, the Photoville website referenced this short but helpful video full of tips for those who are interested signing up for portfolio reviews wherever they may be.
Since July, examples of my Harlem River Bridges work have been only display in an exhibit titled The Harlem River Bridges at the Hutchinson Metro Center, Tower 1 in the Bronx. Sponsored by Montefiore Medical Center and Simone Development, the exhibit is scheduled to be on display until the end of 2018.
My first solo photography exhibited – Connecting People, Strengthening Communities: The Harlem River Bridges – opened last Monday, January 11th in the ArtViews Gallery at the Moses Campus of Montefiore Medical Center located at 111 East 210th Street in the Bronx. 27 photographs – some are old and others are new – are included in this exhibition. The ArtViews Gallery is open daily from 8am – 5pm. The exhibition will continue until April 1st.
Last Wednesday, I had a meeting with the fine arts curator at Montefiore Medical Center. Through a mutual friend, the curator learned about my work, liked it, and was interested in meeting me to discuss a potential collaborative project. Hence, my meeting at Montefiore last week. Montefiore’s Fine Art Program recently launched a rotating exhibition space called the ArtViews Gallery, which will exhibit original work from artists in the New York City area. The gallery is a 60 feet-long heavily used corridor, which I examined during my visit there. I have a lot of freedom with regard to the exhibit’s theme and the images I would like to include. I’m supposed to submit a proposal by mid-August with the intention of the exhibit opening in January. Following my recent exhibit at the Poe Park Visitor Center, this would be another great opportunity. Stay tuned!
High Bridge: Rebirth of the Harlem River, a group exhibition in which I was a part, concluded yesterday with an artist panel discussion. Yesterday’s final day coincided with the High Bridge Festival, a public celebration of the recent reopening of the High Bridge. The turnout was small for our panel discussion yesterday, which was in sharp contrast to our exhibition reception the week earlier in which about 70 people attended. Even the Deputy Commissioner of NYC Parks stopped by and posed with Wes, Nathan, and me. The response to our exhibit has been very positive. Everyone has seemed impressed and happy. Throughout this journey, we made wonderful contacts at NYC Parks and elsewhere which are, of course, invaluable. We were even featured in a small piece by BBC World Service, which was broadcast on NPR this past Friday, July 24th. Now that it’s over, we’re looking for new venue where we can possibly continue our exhibit if not in total than maybe in part.