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2017

The Artist Shop
November 25rd – December 23rd
Mondays – Saturdays | Noon – 7 PM

artistshopnovemberfinal_FRTThis holiday season, The Artist Shop is open for business!!! Artworks and gifts created by current Andrew Freedman Home artists-in-residence will be available for purchase beginning on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving until the day before Christmas Eve.

Participating artists: Gabe Aiello, Noté Peter George, Alice Mizrachi, Jennie West, Warren Smith, Elena Hall, Natalie Collette Wood, Cannon Hersey, Kelly Covington, Benton C Bainbridge, Andre Trenier, Renee Cox.

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WillBeHeardOpen Program: WILL BE HEARD
October – November (see below)

A new performance event created by The Work Center of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards.

We are looking for talented performers to create WILL BE HEARD— a new kind of performance event that celebrates diverse cultural heritages and strengthens community. WILL BE HEARD is a sanctuary for all. Neighbors, strangers, and loved ones will be welcomed into a space to meet, to be, to get know one another—without fear. This experience of coming together will then be a seed that we learn to carry in our Hearts and give to others.

To set up an INTERVIEW TO PARTICIPATE, please contact: willbeheard.bx2017@gmail.com

Week 1: Oct 12 & 13, 4-7 pm | Oct 14, 10 am-2:30 pm | Oct 15, 2-4 pm & 5-7 pm
Week 2: Oct 18, 12:30-5 pm | Oct 19 & 20, 4-7 pm | Oct 21, 11:30 am-1:30 pm & 3-6 pm | Oct 22, 12-2 pm & 4-7 pm
Week 3: Oct 26 & 27, 4-7 pm | Oct 28, 11:30-2:30 pm & 4-7 pm
Week 4 & 5: Nov 1, 2, 8, & 9 TBA

Our Partners:
The Andrew Freedman Home, Great Globe Foundation, One World Foundation, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council, Incarcerated Nation, The NYC Seed Group.


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BombaYoBOMBAYO: Cultura En Vivo!
Friday, September 29th, 9 pm – 12 am.
FREE ADMISSION

LET US DANCE AT THE BATEY AND EXPERIENCE THE HEALING OF BOMBA!

About BombaYo…
“BombaYo ignites the ancestral rhythms of Bomba, an African derived music and dance tradition developed in Puerto Rico. The synergy of call and response singing, drumming and dance provides the foundation for a dynamic interplay between the solo drummer and dancer. ”

BombaYo stirs the soul in a way that only music and dance can to uplift and celebrate our deeper humanity.

BombaYo creates an intergenerational and participatory experience that honors people of all ages and abilities.

In the spirit of Sankofa–looking to your past for a better future–BombaYo members draw from the bomba tradition to enrich their lives and embrace their cultural legacy. Through workshops, cultural presentations, performances and partnerships, BombaYo engages communities throughout NYC area to raise awareness of Afro Puerto Rican culture and to connect Bomba to the vast traditions of the African Diaspora.”


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“American Dream” by Natalie C. Wood

La Maison Des Rêves
Friday, September 15th,
6:30 pm to Midnight.
Admission: EventBrite

We invite you to attend La Maison des Rêves at the Andrew Freedman Mansion. Guided by our host for the evening, famed culinary ambassador and media personality Baron Ambrosia, guests will be taken on a journey of artistic exploration, through fine art, food, dance and music.

Details
Open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Performances begin promptly at 7:00 pm. Preview of the STATE PROPERTY art exhibition on view in main gallery.

In collaboration with: The Andrew Freedman Home, and Buka Restaurant.

Artist Performances
Mr. Reed, Directors, DJ SHU-G, DJ Eli Efi, DJ Delaceiba, Rue Brown, and Chris Pop. Additional performers to be announced.

About the Art Exhibition
STATE PROPERTY is a multi-disciplinary examination of American consumerism of prison labor and our daily choices to purchase, condone or reject goods created in penitentiaries. The exhibition asks guests to consider more carefully what “Made in the U.S.A” currently means in relation to the incarceration system, corporate outsourcing, and public consumerism. Currency and choice (or lack thereof) are the springboards towards a much deeper dialogue that recognizes these present injustices. Featured artists in the group exhibition include Hank Willis Thomas. and Renee Cox. as well as several emerging artists. To read more about the exhibition click here.

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20953257_10212379784423020_7168112074325064340_nBOMBAYO: Cultura En Vivo
Friday, August 25th, 2 – 6 pm.
Admission FREE

New Village Music Festival presents…BOMBAYO: Cultura En Vivo!

Come check out some Afro Roots Music of Puerto Rico at this Year’s New Village Music Festival 2017 with special guest BombaYo as they promote unity through music and art.

The event is FREE, so bring your family into Tompkins Square Park located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan for a fantastic fun-filled day!

Sponsored by United Healthcare.

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PARRANDA TROPICAL!!AFH Lawn Party
Saturday, August 18th at 7pm.
Admission FREE before 8PM;
$10 AFTER 8PM.

BombaYo & AfroSoulfrito present Parranda Tropical, an Afro-Caribbean Lawn Party featuring LIVE Percussion by Dr. Drum. DJ Sabronxura will keep the party jumping with the sounds of Tropical Funk, Afro House, Latin Heat, and Dancehall.

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Chief69 Wrek in the MeccaWrek in the Mecca, Vol. 4
Saturday, April 8th at 8pm. $5 Admission

Wrek in the Mecca, the Bronx’s premiere Cypher Jam, is an open dance Cypher and Graffiti art show hosted by Chief69 and The Bronx Boys Rocking Crew (TBB) – Mecca Chapter.

“MASTER OF THE CYPHER” Award – $100 CASH PRIZE

Featuring music by DJ Miles and DJ Charlie Hustle; Live drumming by Dr. Drum
Art show curated by legendary writer BOM5.

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2016

OCTOBER – DECEMBER

Bronx Latin American Art Biennial:  I am one of those people that…
November 20th  – December 20th

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Bronx Latin American Art Biennial:  I am one of those people that… curated by Alexis Mendoza & Luis Stephenberg features work that’s referring to personal aspects of the creation process.  The curators are interested in the way artists think and what are the specifics behind the creating process.   “We encourage the artists to be very vocal about their work. Our intention is to have the opportunity to explore some of today’s local, national and international social issues such as: migration, women’s rights, political conflicts, different types of discrimination, and issues that reflect on the autonomy of the opinion. We want to show self-representation of the artist’s way of thinking.”

The associate curator of this segment of the Bronx Latin American Art Biennial is Miguel Lescano with featured artists:  Alexander Richard Carbonell, Bairo Martínez Parra, Francisco Alvarado-Juárez, Garvín Sierra, Geandy Pavón, Iliana Emilia García, Juan Si González, Miguel Trelles, Nelson Álvarez,Paco Cao, Raúl Morrilla, Renán Darío Arango, Rigo Peralta, POÉTICAS VISUALES DE LIMA (VISUALS POETICS OF LIMA) Francisco Guerra-García, Erika Rodríguez, José Güich, Miguel Lescano, Elie Angles, Carolina Bazo, José Luis Palomino,
Nicolás Tarnawiecki, Elio Martuccelli , Paul Tealdo, Xir Montalbán, Rafael Moreno , Yerko Slatar , Álvaro Chang-Say, Juan Pacheco, Kike Congrains.

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OCTOBER – NOVEMBER

The Work Center presents OPEN CHOIRS.
Wednesday, October 5th, 12th  & 19th, 2016 – 7:00 – 9:00pm
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OPEN CHOIR is a free, public event, where everyone is welcome to participate. A core of artists leads participants and guests, both new and returning, through a flow of songs, looking for the possibility of a simple and alive kind of experience and interaction.

Nothing Lasts Forever by Natalie Colette Wood
Extended thru November!
N C WoodAFH is proud to present Memory Relics exhibition, a series of large-scale assemblage paintings influenced by the Andrew Freeman Home, the History of the Bronx, and the environment.  The architecture, history, and personal stories of past residents of the Andrew Freeman Home is used as inspiration that explores the intimate psychological and emotional dimensions of memory and space.

Natalie Collette Wood is an artist-in-residence at AFH.  Her artwork is autobiographical and explores ideas of imperfect beauty and its relationship to fantasy and the exotic by creating a tension between the natural and synthetic.

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JUNE – AUGUST

Nothing Lasts Forever by Natalie Colette Wood
August 23rd  – August 31st
N C WoodArtist’s Reception, Sunday, August 28th 4:00-6:00pm  AFH is proud to present Memory Relics exhibition, a series of large-scale assemblage paintings influenced by the Andrew Freeman Home, the History of the Bronx, and the environment.  The architecture, history, and personal stories of past residents of the Andrew Freeman Home is used as inspiration that explores the intimate psychological and emotional dimensions of memory and space.

Natalie Collette Wood is an artist-in-residence at AFH.  Her artwork is autobiographical and explores ideas of imperfect beauty and its relationship to fantasy and the exotic by creating a tension between the natural and synthetic.

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Harlem Hidden History Lecture Series:  Arturo Alfonso SchomburgHarlem Hidden History Lecture
Thursday, August 25th at 7:00pm  The Harlem Hidden History Lecture Series conceived and led by local Bronx artist Paco Cao presents of monthly lectures, micro-performances, informal encounters and photoshoots leading up to the 5th Bronx Latin American Art Biennial in December. The lecture series establishes a link between the cultural and political life in Harlem during the past century and the current social dynamics in the Bronx.

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Boogie_postcard_2016_front4GIT LIT SHOWCASE & BOOGIE ON THE BLVD!
Sunday, August 28th 12:00pm -4:00pm  The center lanes of the Grand Concourse will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun with free music, art and fitness programs hosted by organizations from the Bronx and beyond.  From 3pm – 6pm on the AFH Front Lawn, Level Up Media Arts & the Andrew Freedman Home Present The Annual GIT LIT!  Summer young producer showcase! feat:  Jay Alpha, MC Gels, XIXX, Suade Traces Collective, GodsTouch, Sage Laszlo (Philly) and special guests.  All ages & family friendly.

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JUNE

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BOOGIE ON THE BLVD RETURNS! Sunday, June 26th 12:00pm -4:00pm Get ready to Boogie! On June 26, July 31, and August 28, 2016, the last Sundays of each month, the center lanes of the Grand Concourse starting at 162nd Street will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun with free music, art and fitness programs hosted by organizations from the Bronx and beyond. AFH will host an Open Artist Studios on June 26th as well as other programming throughout the summer!

News 12 The Bronx covers our Open House!

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CUFA BX presents: Brazilian Flavor Afternoon – June 18th, 2016

Featuring Capoeira from Mestre Coco from Abada Capoeira in the Bronx and Samba percussion from Mestre Caco Oliveira at the New York Samba School. Join us on the grounds of AFH for this wonderful performance! For More info, cufabxnyc@gmail.com  & facebook.com/cufabronxny

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Tuesday, June 21st, 11am to 7pm Make Music New York CityWide Festival 

Join us for the “First Day of Summer” Celebration with all day FREE music concerts at AFH!

@ 11am – Carla Cubrit, Black Lives Matter performance. The Black Lives Matter Show invites you to perform or sing your song about all things Black Lives Matter and more.

@2pm – Street Studio City. Make Music NY & The Level Up Media Arts Project present: The Living Remix Project, a street studio in front of the Andrew Freedman Home.  Want to make some Lo-Fi beats? Or get creative w some melodies? Want to drop some serious BASS? Maybe yu want to write & record some vocals? From Hip-Hop, trap, to next level EDM, let’s get expressive! Join AFH Artist in Residence DJ SpazeCraft One, Jay Alpha & XIXX (aka Eleven Twenty) on a musical journey that YOU co-CREATE!

 @5pm – NYChillharmonic – The NYChillharmonic is a 22 piece ensemble comprised of horns, strings, rhythm section, vocals and synthesizers. The music spans the genres of indie rock, and jazz while providing fun, powerful, rhythmically driven songs to its listeners.

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The Work Center presents OPEN CHOIRS. OPEN CHOIR is a free, public event, where everyone is welcome to participate. A core of artists leads participants and guests, both new and returning, through a flow of songs, looking for the possibility of a simple and alive kind of experience and interaction.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016 – 12:00 – 3:00pm

UnDesign the Redline Workshop & Exhibition Walkthrough with The Living Lab & The New School, 12:00 – 3:00 pm, AFH 1st Floor hallways. FREE!

Thursday, April 9th, 2016 – 5:00 – 9:00pm

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Apache Line:  III Annual Artists in Residence Exhibition
5:00 pm – Artist Talk & Exhibition Walkthrough
6:00 – 9:00pm – Closing Reception
AFH Barcid Gallery
FREE!

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Saturday, April 16th, 2016

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Baron Ambrosia presents The Bronx Pipe Smoking Society 5th Annual Small Game Dinner
Private Event

6:00 to 9:00pm – AFH presents Antibalas.  Show begins at 10:30pm – AFH Grand Ball Room.  Space is Limited.

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Friday, April 29th, 2016  – beginning at 8:00 pm

AFH Super Fly Comedy Hour hosted by Dino & Friends in the AFH Pool Room.  Doors Open at 8:00 pm.  Cash Bar ONLY.

AFH presents Special Musical Guest.  Show begins at 10:30pm.  FREE!  Donations encouraged.

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 | 5:00 – 8:00 pm

The Apache Line Revisited – Opening Reception at 900 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY  10451.

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Panmela Castro launches her new mural at the Andrew Freedman Home.  Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Castro is an activist artist whose social policy work, primarily focused on gend
er equality, provides the core inspiration for the content of her provocative paintings. Her work challenges patriarchal notions of public space as related to sexism, sexuality, subjectivity and power relations.

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1st Annual AFH Open House – March 5th, 2016

The Andrew Freedman Home invites the public to view the various arts and culture programs that take place in this landmarked Grand Concourse mansion in the heart of the South Bronx.  During the day, The AFH Historical Tour lead by AFH staff and artists allows visitors to see the amazing architecture and grandeur of this 100,000 sq ft building that houses two exhibition spaces, 18 artist studios, including WAFH—our newly launched radio station—and a 100-seat theater and performance space.  Artists will be working on projects and works in progress throughout the day around the grounds of AFH and in their studios, all on view and all open to the public.

Evening brings a trio of film screenings Beginning at 4:30pm, The Great Gatsby (2013) directed by Baz Lurhmann will be screened in our Grand Ballroom followed by Nothing Happened & Middle Passage, two short films that address the perception of race and identity in the contemporary American consciousness.  Seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

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4 exhibitions on view at AFH thru March 26th

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Apache Line:  III Annual Artists in Residence Exhibition curated by Walter Puryear features work that draws from the tradition of gang initiation during the 60’s and 70’s, to explore the economic hazing process of gentrification and how it impacts neighborhoods:  geographically, socially, financially and demographically.  Artists include Melissa Calderón, Xavier Figueroa, Gasa, Josué Guarionex, DJ Kool Herc, Valarie Irizarry, Aaron “SpazeCraft” Lazansky-Olivas, Jose “Dr. Drum” Ortiz, Andre Trenier, Natalie C. Wood and Meguru Yamaguchi.

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The Bronx Speaks:  Our Home, an exhibition organized in conjunction with The Bronx Arts Alliance (BxAA) for NY Armory Week, is intended to function as a platform for artists to “speak,” amplifying multiple voices and perspectives.  It features the works of over 20 Bronx artists and is curated by Sarah Corona.

Undesign the Redline organized by designing the WE is a pop-up exhibition that exposes dtwimagethe history of Redlining, its lingering effect, and collective actions communities can take to build a new social and economic ecosystem that breaks its destructive bounds.  This exhibition will be on view throughout the 1st floor hallways of AFH.

Bronx Voyeurs, an exhibition featuring the work of artists projected from the windows of AFH, will focus on the work of Bronx artists addressing themes that are relevant to our borough.  13 artists will project their work from the 2nd and 3rd floor windows of AFH, presenting a collage of images and video to be viewed from the Lawn and Grand Concourse during the month of March.

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Super Fly Comedy Show_20160306a.jpgThe evening’s festivities will also include the inaugural AFH Super Fly Comedy Hour hosted by Dino & Friends in our historic Library.

The night continues with live music performances by Resident Artists Jose “Dr. Drum” Ortiz and Gasa, melding Puerto Rican Bomba with classical piano and jazz influences.

We close out our night with an amazing live performance by the legendary afrobeat orchestra Antibalas delivering the sounds of funk and afrobeat since 1998!

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About AFH & Presented Works
Recently coined “The BAM of The Bronx” by New York Magazine, The Andrew Freedman Home officially launched itself as an art anchor in the community with the critically acclaimed exhibition This Side of Paradise with the nonprofit art organization No Longer Empty in 2012.  Since then, The Andrew Freedman Home has become a major catalyst for arts production and presentation in The Bronx.  With exhibitions such as The Bronx Artist Documentary Project, SuperPuesto, and Suspicious Activity, The Andrew Freedman Home has been producing innovative and authentic programming with a focus on underrepresented artists; providing opportunity and highlighting talent of local and international artists alike.

The AFH Open House is made possible by Walter Puryear, director of The Andrew Freedman Home.  Mr. Puryear speaks of the AFH Arts and Culture programs:  “We want to create a healthy and nurturing space where the community comes together to learn and grow, develop and train… a place where art and culture converge, the talents and dreams of our visitors are nurtured and the possibilities unleashed.  We’re all about building vibrant, sustainable programs and projects that transform our neighborhoods.”

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