THE BRONX MUSEUM – Such Potential but Misses by a Mile

Terence Gower Installation @ Andrew Freedman Home

Terence Gower Installation @ Andrew Freedman Home

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Sarah Sze Installation

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Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx

Skate Park at Adam Freedman Home

Skate Park at Adam Freedman Home

Based on my visit this past Sunday, the Bronx Museum is clearly underfunded  and serves primarily as a community gathering spot – folding tables, home-made brownies in aluminium baking dishes have taken over the lobby.  Everything is just a little off.  That said, the Sarah Sze installation (first shown at the 2013 Venice Biennale) and the Shyu Ruey Shiann mechanical installation made the trip worthwhile.  Note: the museum is only one block from the subway.  If you take the D train from Manhattan, make sure you get on the last car of the train.

What got me really excited however was The Andrew Freedman Home, a stately mansion, right across the street. The Bronx Museum has commissioned a terrific installation by Terence Gower that is totally worth the trek.  I was curious to know more about this organization but there is very little information about the programming and as with the Bronx Museum, it appears to be seriously underfunded.  The grounds include a cool skateboard park.

http://www.bronxmuseum.org/exhibitions/terence-gower-superpuesto

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