Join us for a talk and book launch! ArtistAbigail DeVille;Thelma Golden,Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem;Jane Ursula Harris, writer, curator, and art historian; andBrooke Kamin Rapaport, Deputy Director and Martin Friedman Chief Curator, Madison Square Park Conservancy will be in conversation about DeVille’s work, the history of the artist’s practice, and the contexts in which DeVille’s work has developed over the last decade. Moderated byEileen Jeng Lynch, Director of Curatorial Programs at The Bronx Museum, this discussion is in conjunction with the catalogue launch of the artist’s surveyBronx Heavenswith essays by Jeng Lynch and Jadele McPherson, artist-scholar. A book signing will follow.
Spanning over a decade of work,Abigail DeVille: Bronx Heavensexamines the myths and realities of local, familial and ancestral histories and the convoluted notion of freedom. This survey features DeVille’s rarely exhibited earlier works as well as new large-scale immersive installations and sculptures that transform the galleries into a cosmic space—taking us on a journey from the ancient past to an imagined future. The Bronx has served as a sanctuary for immigrant and migrant communities, including for the artist and several generations of her family who have lived in the area and were part of the Great Migration. DeVille’s work unearths forgotten narratives of communities of color and explores issues of identity, culture, and class.
Swagger and Tenderness: The South Bronx Portraits of John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres
On view through April 30, 2023
Inspired and enabled by the people who live in the vibrant community where The Bronx Museum is located, local artists John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres have become world-famous for their portraits of their South Bronx neighbors. While museum-goers elsewhere have celebrated these renowned sculptures honoring Bronxites for four decades, this is the first time a large group of these artworks are exhibited together at home for the very people represented therein. Featuring over 60 portraits alongside archival materials from 1979 to the present, this major survey exhibition mirrors the creative and loving residents of the South Bronx whose personal stories and innovative aesthetics both reflect and shape culture internationally.
Our Stories, Our Voicesis a year-long series of exhibitions and public programs celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Bronx Museum. To mark this milestone we are celebrating the cultural wealth of our communities and bringing to light the stories, voices, and visions of artists seeking a more just and equitable world.
Thank you to our generous supporters without whom our 50th Anniversary programming would not be possible.
Anonymous; Lily Auchincloss Foundation; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Anne Delaney; Agnes Gund; William Talbott Hillman Foundation; Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust; Sciame Construction, LLC; May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.; and the Bronx Museum’s Board of Trustees.
Images: Portrait of Abigail DeVille, 2021, photo by John Edmonds. Thelma Golden, photo by Julie Skarratt. Brooke Kamin Rapaport, photo by Ellen Dubin. Jane Ursula Harris. Eileen Jeng Lynch, photo by Kevin Li. Installation view of "Abigail DeVille: Bronx Heavens," photo by Argenis Apolinario. John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres, "Maria Greeting her Mother," 1987, oil on cast fiberglass. Courtesy of the artists.