The Bronx Museum of the Arts (BxMA) is re-envisioning the role of museums in contemporary society: it addresses the changing needs of its diverse constituencies, while standing at the forefront of scholarly discourse, museum practices, and innovative public programs. As such, BxMA is recognized as "an important player in shaping New York art of both the present and the future" (The New York Times).
The flagship museum of the Bronx was founded in 1971 by a group of community leaders who wanted to bring the best of the visual arts to their borough.
First housed in the public rotunda of the Bronx County Courthouse, in 1982 the museum moved into a former synagogue donated by the City of New York. Today it occupies that space as well as an extraordinary new facility designed by the noted architectural firm Arquitectonica. The Museum is a member of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), a consortium of 34 organizations that receive city funding for their facilities in acknowledgement of the cultural services they render to the people of New York.
BxMAâ€™s permanent collection is unique in its focus on contemporary art by artists of African, Asian, and Latin American descent, and artists who have live(d) and/or work(ed) in the Bronx and for whom the Bronx has been critical to their artistic development. The collection is comprised of more than 800 contemporary works of art in all media, conveying a broad range of modern and contemporary art practices.
In the past three decades, BxMA has presented hundreds of critically acclaimed exhibitions featuring works by culturally diverse and under-recognized artists from a spectrum of levels, on themes of special interest to the Bronx community, and themes that explore the intersections between popular culture and contemporary art. The Museum strives to present exhibitions that expand discourse and scholarship, promote cross-cultural dialogue, and resonate with urban audiences. Highlights include: â€œThe Latin American Spirit
TropicÃƒÂ¡lia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture
October 7, 2006 - January 28, 2007
October 26 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ February 26, 2006
February 3 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ June 5, 2005
Javier Tellez in Collaboration with Patients of the Bronx Psychiatric Center
February 3 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ June 5, 2005
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September 16, 2007 â€“ January 27, 2008
$3 Students and Seniors
Free on Fridays
The Museum will be closed to the public Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's day.
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Take the FDR Drive to Willis Avenue Bridge, stay to your left merge onto the Major Deegan North. Exit at 138th St. and Grand Concourse. Proceed to 165th St. and Grand Concourse.
Or, take Riverside Drive to 155th St., make right onto 155th St. Go straight until you reach the Macombs Dam Bridge. Cross bridge, proceed to 165th St. Turn right onto 165th St. and proceed to Grand Concourse.
Take any Manhattan-bound bridge to FDR Drive north. Proceed north to Willis Avenue Bridge, stay to your left merge onto the Major Deegan North. Exit at 138th St. and Grand Concourse. Proceed to 165th St. and Grand Concourse.
Or, Take the Triboro Bridge to the Major Deegan. Exit 138th St. and Grand Concourse. Proceed to 165th St.
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Take #87/New York State Thruway South (Major Deegan). Exit at 161st St./Yankee Stadium. Make right off exit ramp. Make a left at light and proceed to 165th St. Turn right onto 165th St. and proceed to Grand Concourse.
Parking is available across the street from the Museum, 165th St. between Grand Concourse and Carroll Place.+ [ Read all ]
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News and events
Here and Elsewhere
April 1 - August 19, 2007
Here and Elsewhere - A Conversation with JoÃ£o Ribas
Friday, July 6, 2007, 6 - 8 pm
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By providing a flexible space for discussion and experimentation, the Education Department at the Bronx Museum works as a catalyst for ideas and exchange. We promote engaging and transformational art experiences with the goal of connecting the viewerâ€™s personal experience with relevant areas in contemporary culture.
The Interpreting Art Program (IAP) is the Bronx MuseumÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chief service to schools and community groups, providing both analytical and hands-on interactive experiences with contemporary art to students K to 12. IAP sessions are based on viewer participation, and its goal is to foster visual literacy in young audiences. By encouraging the participantsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ response, IAP aims to develop critical thinking and communication skills. For more information please see, http://www.bronxmuseum.org/education/schoolprograms.html
A monthly, multidisciplinary event, Family Affair is the Bronx MuseumÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s primary program for families. With the goal of nurturing the special bond between parents/guardians and children, Family Affair offers an ever-changing program that includes hands-on activities, performances, guided tours, screenings, and many other surprises. Special interpretive workshops developed in collaboration with teaching artists are offered to children ages 5 to 11 years old, parents and/or guardians.
Support the Bronx Museum by becoming a member. Membership can include free admission, invitations to special events, performances, exhibition tours, and preview receptions of major exhibitions. For additional information about memberships or to become a member by phone call 718.681.6000 ext. 136 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We invite you to become a Corporate Member of The Bronx Museum of the Arts and to enjoy the many advantages and benefits that Corporate Membership brings. In addition to corporate membership, the Bronx Museum offers sponsorship opportunities of exhibitions, education programs, audience outreach initiatives, and special events.
For further details on corporate memberships and sponsorships contact our development office by phone 718.681.6000 ext. 136 or email email@example.com.
For more information contact Visitor Services, 718.681.6000 ext. 151.