Tag: Art and Culture

From The Bronx to Brazil & Back: How One Bronxite Inspired Artists Across the World

Photographer Ricky Flores, born and raised in The Bronx during our most tumultuous times had a front row seat to what was happening—along with his camera.

Ricky’s work from those times are not just of the devastation that happened but the humanity that was present and how alive the areas were with people, culture, and art despite all of that.

Decades later and the advent of the internet into the mainstream, his photography was available to the larger audience of the web and this is where 8 years ago 2 graffiti artists from Brazil, Ananda Nahu and Izalog, became so enthralled and connected to the images that they began to use them as templates for creating beautiful murals in Brazil.

‘Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life’ — A Sneak Peek at What to Expect

When we found out last June that an exhibition on Frida Kahlo was coming to The New York Botanical Garden, May 16th, 2015 couldn’t get here fast enough. Now, we’re just a little over 2 months away from opening weekend and thanks to NYBG, we’re happy to share more about this event.

After reading the calendar of events, Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life is massive with its programming surrounding the actual exhibition which includes over a dozen of her works, many of which are from private collections, live music and dancing giving us a colorful range of the performing arts, family events and so much more! We’ve put it all together here so that you can plan in advance for these events (especially for those who are traveling into NYC just to experience the exhibition and The Bronx!)

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From Bombing Subway Cars To Showcasing Works In Major Museums Globally, Graffiti Legend And Artist Crash To Open Gallery In The Bronx

When you meet John ‘Crash’ Matos, you quickly realize how down to earth and humble he is. 40 years ago he began graffiti bombing subway cars and soon became a major sought after artist and featured in so many galleries and museums throughout the globe, yet none of this seems to have changed his persona.

Now, after all these decades, Crash, one of the members of the world renowned Tats Cru, is putting down some roots in his home borough of The Bronx and opening up a gallery in Port Morris.

Bronx Artist Documentary Project Gives The World A Glance At The Artist’s Creative Process

Yesterday evening participating photographers and artists of the Bronx Artist Documentary Project met for a meet and greet at the Andrew Freedman Home. This was the first time that almost all 100 members gathered since the project began last year.

When the Bronx Artist Documentary Project launches its exhibition in September, it will be the culmination of 30 photographers documenting 78 Bronx visual artists in the midst of their individual and unique creative processes.

The Mix Pop Up Coffee Shop Opens In Port Morris With A Resounding Success

The Mix Pop Up Coffee Shop opened yesterday in Mott Haven as a 3 day social experiment to engage the community and talk about race and identity — over a cup of coffee.

Immediately when you walk into the cafe you are asked, ” WHAT ARE YOU?” by big stenciled letters along the walls. This is one of the most common questions asked to people of color, especially folks who’s ethnic identity isn’t ‘readily apparent’.

Join Us On Saturday For A Screening Of Style Wars II At The Bronx Documentary Center

30 years ago Henry Chalfant’s ground breaking documentary, ‘Style Wars’ was released and took the Bronx, graffiti culture as well as the relatively then nascent scene of Hip Hop across the world.

Now this Saturday, the Bronx Documentary Center will screen the sequel to the award-winning film which documents what has transpired since the cultural landmark original in the world of graffiti.

While Banksy Fanatics Invade Melrose In The South Bronx, Residents Question Why

Whenever major art exhibits come to the city, oftentimes the Bronx is not going to be a stop on the tour so it was to many Bronxites’ surprise when a Banksy appeared overnight in Melrose.

Well over a thousand fans flocked to our neighborhood to photograph the latest Banksy and take selfies with it.