Swing Forward While Swaying Back

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SWING FORWARD WHILE SWAYING BACK

October 3 to December 5, 2018
Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street, Room C-190, Bronx, NY 10451
TUES – FRI, 1:00 to 7:00 pm.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 3, 5:30 to 8:30 pm

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Alicia Grullón | Blanka Amezkua | Fran Ilich | Francheska Alcantara | Walter Cruz | Yelaine Rodriguez

Curated by Amanda McDonald Crowley

The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Bronx Council on the Arts and the Bronx Arts Alliance present Swing Forward While Swaying Back. Six Bronx artists realize collaborative installations that provocatively and poetically challenge their audiences. Each project simultaneously draws on rich and varied art, activist, and cultural histories to search for something beyond itself – whether in relation to economies of generosity and exchange, practical information about immigration rights, or complex conversations about cultural history.

“When I was drawing connections between the work by the artists in this exhibition, I was reflecting on Elaine Scarey’s book On Beauty and Being Just,” says McDonald Crowley. “Scarey writes: ‘[mental life] is porous, open to air and light, swings forward while swaying back, scatters its stripes in all directions and delights to find itself beached beside something invented only that morning or instead standing beside an alter from three millennia ago.’ It struck me that these Bronx artists all find beauty in their objective to make work that clearly positions itself with a goal to ensure a more just future, but they all also look to their varied pasts to draw connections and to stay grounded in the present.”

The artists in Swing Forward While Swaying Back collaborate with their audiences and with other artists to ‘complete’ their works. It is an exhibition that is about collaboration and invites participation.

Public Programs

Opening Reception
October 3
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Opening Reception with performances and interventions by Alicia Grullón, Fran Ilich with Gabriela Ceja, and Walter Cruz with Art Jones.

  • Alicia serves up Empanada and Information as part of ¡Empanar!
  • Fran in collaboration with Gabriela Ceja activates the Diego de la Vega Coffee Co-op: Against the Walls of Capital, serving coffee and inviting local community members to join this Bronx manifestation of the Coffee Co-op.
  • Bronx photographer Joe Conzo Jr documents the event and works with Walter to take polaroid’s of audience members wearing Walter’s brilliant jackets that will then also be included in the installation The Only Way Out Is Through.

Diego de la Vega Coffee Co-op Activations
October 17, 31; November 28
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Diego de la Vega Coffee Coop: Against the Walls of Capital
Every other Wednesday evening, the Diego de la Vega Experimental Economies and Finance research group will host open meetings in response to a gift of 50 kgs of Zapatista coffee from Ejercito Zapatista de Liberación Nacional to find paths to organize, resist and create alternatives Against the Walls of Capital.
Film Screening of Love and Labor on October 31, 5:00 – 7:00 pm with filmmakers Stephanie Andreou & Sarah Keeling

Closing Reception
December 5
5:30 – 8:30pm
Closing Reception with performance directed by Yelaine with Melanie Gonzalez and Benton C Bainbridge.

Youth Programs
Bronx Council on the Arts also offers bespoke youth programs by appointment. For more information and to book youth group appointments with exhibiting artists or the exhibition curator, please contact Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos at 718-518-6728.

Background Information, Artwork Info, Artist Bios.

Swing Forward While Swaying Back | 2018 | exhibitions, Projects