Jessica Spence, “Roller Set”, 2019, 30 x 30 inches, acrylic on canvas
Later this month, the Lower East Side will be taken over by the Bronx. Bronx Now, an exhibition that runs from March 19th to April 11th, will take place at Chashama Gallery Space and feature Bronx- based artists who are creating significant work in the borough today.
The exhibition is organized by the curatorial team of Laura James and Eileen Walsh, who work under the name BXNYCreative.
For the past six years, it has been a mission of Laura James and Eileen Walsh to bring the riches of the art being made by Bronx-based artists to the widest audience possible. Since 2014 they have produced over 20 Bronx-based art shows, events, and professional development workshops together, and also presented independent projects. At the forefront of the BXNYCreative brand is the Bronx Now Biennial exhibition, and 2020 marks the third presentation. The show was curated using the BX200.COM Bronx Visual Artist Directory, an online database that is the brainchild of artist Laura James.
Bronx-based artists need to be seen by wider audiences. Our art, its voice and progression needs to be integrated into the larger story of New York City and American art. Bronx Now 2020 and its Manhattan location provides the perfect opportunity to reach a worldwide audience. The exhibit is presented in a 3,000 sq ft space donated by Chashama, a 501(c)3 that supports artists by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate into space to present and create, and provides free art classes to under-resourced communities. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and ArtID.
Participating Artists: John Ahearn, Tiffany Alfonseca, Rebecca Allan, Blanka Amezkua, Samantha Box, Michael Paul Britto, Melissa Calderon, Linda Cunningham, Francisco Donoso, Erotica 67, Wilfredo “Bio” Feliciano, Michelle Frick, Ivan Gaete, Melanie Gonzalez, Josué Guarionex, Alteronce Gumby, Daniel Hauben, Chantal Heijnen, Michael Kamber, Lisa Lebofsky, Antoinette Legnini, John “Crash” Matos, MRS, Hector “Nicer” Nazario, Eric Orr, Sotero “BG183” Ortiz, Danny R. Peralta, Devon Rodriquez, Yelaine Rodriquez, Lee Romero, Rhynna Santos, Jessica Spence, Andre Trenier, and Natalie C. Wood
WHAT: Bronx Now 2020 Art Exhibition
WHERE: Chashama Gallery Space 55 Ave. A at 4th St, Lower East Side
WHEN: March 19 – April 11, 2020
OPENING EVENT: Saturday, March 21, 4PM – 8PM
ARTIST TALKS: Saturday, March 28, 4PM and Saturday, April 4, 4PM
For more information, visit www.chashama.org.