Surprisingly Natural: the Nature of the Bronx

Surprisingly Natural: the Nature of the Bronx

On View from September 12, 2008 – October 18, 2008

curated by José Ruiz

A three-venue photography exhibition between Wave Hill, Lehman College Art Gallery and the Bronx River Art Center.

Featuring: Mac Carbonell & Luke Stettner, Jason Falchook, Bettina Johae, Holly Lynton, Laura Napier, Katherine Radke, Yumi Janairo Roth, Benjamin Swett

In the face of recent, rapid urban development throughout New York City, these exhibitions locate the open and green spaces that have long anchored the landscape of the Bronx.

Click here to read the exhibition essay by Jose Ruiz.

Exhibition-Related Public Programs:

Bronx Bike Tour - Pelham Bay Park / Orchard Beach / City Island:
Saturday, September 20, 12pm-4pm
Artist Bettina Johae will lead a bike tour through the natural terrain of the northeastern edge of the Bronx. The bike tour covers approximately 12 miles (+4 miles back to the subway) and lasts approximately 4 hours. Riders should be prepared to bike at a medium pace, through paved and unpaved trails. The tour is not recommended for children under 12 years of age. Free of charge. RSVP required to / 20 people maximum. Rain Date: Saturday, October 11, 12pm - 4pm. Starts/Meets: Pelham Bay Park Subway Stop, #6 Train, exit towards the park and meet at the end of the bridge. Ends: City Island with complimentary lunch at the home of BRAC's Executive Director, Gail Nathan.

The Nature of the Bronx-Trolley Tour:
Saturday, October 18, 11AM-3PM
Participate in a day of art and nature as the Bronx Culture Trolley transports passengers from Wave Hill to Lehman College Art Gallery and the Bronx River Art Center, to meet artists and curators. Stop at Van Cortlandt Park, where naturalist and author Leslie Day highlights the diversity of the borough's natural landscape. Bring lunch or purchase a box-lunch. Limited registration. $25 Member; $35 Non-member. Registration required; call 718.549.3200 x305. Meet at Wave Hill's Glyndor Gallery.

Image Captions:
1. Jason Falchook, Untitled, 2008, digital c-print, 30” x 40”
2. Bettina Johae, borough edges, nyc – the Bronx, 2004-07, digital slide show
3. Yumi Janairo Roth, Meta Mapa: Bronx (MTA Employee), 2008, archival inkjet print, 24” x 36”
4. Holly Lynton, African Bee Eaters, Bronx Zoo, 2008, c-print, 24” x 30”
5. Laura Napier, Bronx Guerrillas, 2008, archival inkjet print
6. Benjamin Swett, American Elm, Bruckner Boulevard. August 2, 2001. archival pigment print, 17” x 18”
7. Katherine Radke, Bronx woods, 2008, c-print, 15" x 15"

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DIRECTIONS TO CENTER:  By Train: Take #2 or #5 to West Farms Square/East Tremont. Walk one block east to Bronx Street. By Bus: Take #'s B9, 21, 36, 40, 42, or Q44 to East Tremont and Boston Road. By Car: Take Bruckner Expressway to Sheridan Expressway, and exit at East Tremont Ave. Turn left at the traffic light one block down onto East Tremont. Turn left after one block onto Bronx St. (Cross Bronx Expressway) towards Rosedale Ave, then exit. Turn left onto Rosedale Ave, then take a left onto Tremont Ave. Drive four blocks to West Farms Square.

This program is made possible with support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, including Council Members Eric Dinowitz, Althea Stevens, Kristy Marmorato and the Bronx Delegation. Additional support is from Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, the NYS Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the NYS Legislature. Foundation support is from Con Edison: The Power of Giving, The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, The Lincoln Fund, and private donors.

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