BIENNIALS IN THE BRONX AND NEW ORLEANSJune 27, 2011
Dedicated to giving emerging artists “the type of training you don’t get in art school,” the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) seminar program is hosting its first annual biennial, June 26-Sept. 5, 2011, to showcase the work of its 72 participants. The three-month lecture series has been teaching the business side of the art world, from grant writing to copy right law, to artists for 30 years, with Glenn Ligon among its earliest alumni.
Guest-curated by Wayne Northcross and Jose Ruiz, “Bronx Calling: The First AIM Biennial” is on view at both the museum and the public garden Wave Hill, along with 10 site-specific works on the Randall’s Island waterfront. The artists, including Chris Bors, Luis Maldonado, Anton Cabaleiro, Hannah Smith Allen and Laura Braciale, are all New York locals without gallery representation.
A parallel show, “Taking AIM,” looks back on AIM’s history, with a timeline mural by Amy Pryor at its center.
And south of the Mason-Dixon, another young biennial has drawn some big names. The second edition of Prospect New Orleans, Oct. 20-21, 2011, features 26 contemporary artists from nine nations, including Sophie Calle, Nick Cave, William Eggleston, Nicole Eisenman and Francesco Vezzoli.
The citywide exhibition will take place at venues on Tremé, at Tulane Univesity, City Park and, in the case of one video installation, in Lafayette, La., among other sites.