Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Opening of Stargazers at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Sunday February 26th

Here is another FREE event that includes kid friendly activities. It's a beautiful museum with a lot to offer right on the Grand Concourse in the BoogieDown. More information can be found below. Please do comment if you attend the event. We would love to hear your reviews.


On behalf of the Bronx Museum of the Arts, I would like to invite you to attend a community open house to celebrate the opening of Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists on Sunday, February 6 at 2:00 pm. The exhibition will be open to the public from 2:00-6:00 and will feature a DJ set by participating artist Xaviera Simmons from 3:00-5:00. There will be kid-friendly activities, including a print-making craft, as well as refreshments. A free shuttle to the Bronx Museum will be available, and will depart at 2:00 pm from Lexington Ave and E 59th Street (SE corner) and return at 5:30 pm.

On view through May 29, the exhibition highlights Elizabeth Catlett’s role as a pioneering African American female artist and her relationship to later generations of contemporary artists. This will be the first exhibition to explore the impact of Catlett’s legacy, and will highlight her influence on notable contemporary artists including Shinique Smith, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, and Kalup Linzy. Featuring
40 of her sculptures and prints alongside a range of works by 21 younger artists, this will be one of the most significant exhibitions at the Bronx Museum this year.

Stargazers: Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists
January 27 through May 29, 2011

Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, New York, 10456

Reservations are required for the shuttle bus. Please contact Lauren Click at 718-681-6000, ext. 131 or by email at lclick@bronxmuseum.org

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth Cattlet is a Black artist living and working in NY and Mexico. She's been living there for the past 60 years and yet there is no reference what so ever about that countries influence on Ms. Cattlet's work in the Bronx Museum show Stargazers which consists of mostly Black contemporary artists whose work has very little to do with Ms.Cattlet's work in the first place.
Some of the strongest examples of artists who've been influenced by Eizabeth Cattlet are Kerry James Marshall, Carrie Mae Weems and Robert Pruitt except Robert Pruitt's commissioned t-shirt "negro es bonito" was a weak interpretation at Black is Beautiful because it was designed as a product. Kerry James Marshall is a mid career artist whose work has many direct links to Cattlet aesthetically but more so in content. Positive examples of Black people and community through painting. Carrie Mae Weems work has also had the same impact on society in that it provokes one to reconsider the Black body not as popular culture entertainment but as a human being. Then there are the weak links that one has to question why they were even considered. Shinique Smith whose work investigates the aesthetics of graffiti art but without any criticality? Kalup Linzy whose work investigates cross dressing by promoting stereotypes of Black gay men? Xaviera Simmons whose entire body of work is a reflection of victimization rather than self determination? Wangechi Mutu whose paintings, drawings are so aesthetically stimulating because they lack any substance or serious content? Mickalene Thomas whose work is really about female fetish for other females? It seems like everyone was selected from the Studio Museum in Harlem's last 5 years of exhibitions while excluding anyone from New Jersey or any other State or City. It is sad to see such a great opportunity lost to self indulgence and grand standing by many of these young artists who know nothing of Elizabeth Cattlet's work or her sacrifice.

-roberto rodriguez